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15:20 Ayr

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Virgin Bet Fives Handicap Hurdle (Go North Brindisi Breeze Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £4247.88
  • 3m 0f 70y
  • Class 4
  • 8 runners
  • Win time: 6m 36s
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Virgin Bet Fives Handicap Hurdle (Go North Brindisi Breeze Series Qualifier)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

100/30 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 6PD3d01 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Off the mark when springing a 66-1 surprise under Ryan Mania at Carlisle (3m1f, soft) 19 days ago; the step up in trip and application of cheekpieces were given as reasons for his improvement so no surprise to see him kept to a stamina test with the headgear retained; 4lb higher mark not too prohibitive if in the same mood.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

4

22nd Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 41y

Class 5

15:30 Hexham

Don Brocco

11st 0lb

J: William Maggs

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

Dual winning hurdler; yet to score over fences, although was second over 4m here last month (heavy); rather disappointing since.

12/1

6th

13

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 110y

Class 2

15:57 Carlisle

Don Brocco

10st 2lb

J: William Maggs

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

Ran well when second of five to Breeze Of Wind at Hexham (4m, heavy) on March 14 and subsequent run there may have come too soon; however, he's 0-8 over fences and 3lb out of the handicap today; others are more compelling.

20/1

4th

6

22nd Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 41y

Class 4

15:20 Hexham

Don Brocco

10st 2lb

J: William Maggs

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

0-7 over fences but gave good account when second of five from out of the weights here (4m, heavy) last week and is effectively 2lb lower today; this drop back in trip won't be a problem; a possible.

5/1

9/4

  • Place: £1.30

Form: 657222

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Runner-up on last three starts, showing a greater stamina test was not a problem when chasing home Don Brocco over 3m1f last time; 2lb better off with that rival for a length beating; didn't get an ideal passage on that occasion so may be capable of turning the tables.

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5th

16

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

Shoeshine Boy

10st 10lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Donald Whillans

midfield on outer

20/1

5th

13

30th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

14:40 Haydock

Shoeshine Boy

10st 3lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Donald Whillans

Has reacted well to a tongue-strap with soft-ground wins at Ayr (3m) and Kelso (3m2f) in recent weeks; 3lb higher in a stronger race now but hard to rule out in his current mood.

6/1

1st

10

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 3

15:20 Kelso

Shoeshine Boy

10st 3lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Donald Whillans

Resumed winning ways in a first-time tongue-tie in 3m Ayr handicap hurdle 26 days ago; up 3lb but he's not taken lightly with tongue-strap again fitted.

6/1

11/1

  • Place: £2.10

Form: /P-230

Last run: 44 days

W: 10st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Still a maiden but low mileage for one of his age; knocking on the door before taking a backward step at Wetherby (3m, good to soft) in January; fair claims if returning to form of previous third at Hexham (2m7f, heavy).

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6th

8

24th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 5

13:20 Kelso

Askgarmor

10st 8lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Tristan Davidson

Point winner who is 0-10 under rules; has shown ability over hurdles and down to a career-low mark but the drop back to this trip isn't guaranteed to be in favour on reappearance.

8/1

4th

10

12th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 5

15:50 Ayr

Askgarmor

10st 4lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Tristan Davidson

3rd

10

12th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 4

15:20 Ayr

Askgarmor

10st 0lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Tristan Davidson

Still a maiden but low mileage for one of his age; knocking on the door before taking a backward step at Wetherby (3m, good to soft) in January; fair claims if returning to form of previous third at Hexham (2m7f, heavy).

11/1

10/1

Form: 464859 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Struggling to find her best form but now 9lb lower than when scoring at Perth (3m, good) in September; plenty to prove after finishing tailed off last time but undeniably well treated and booking of Brian Hughes is encouraging.

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4th

7

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

13:35 Musselburgh

Pammi

10st 8lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Jim Goldie

Perth specialist who has also won over C&D; well beaten in both codes since scoring at Perth in September (when 2lb lower) and won't find things easy in this grade.

25/1

Form: 4-3469

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Returning from six months on the sidelines when a tailed-off ninth at Kelso (2m6f, soft) last month; yet to win in handicap company and hard to enthuse over despite falling mark.

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7th

3

19th Apr 2022

Good

2m 5f 34y

Class 5

15:20 Sedgefield

Franks Fancy

11st 8lb

J: Mr Lyall Hodgins

T: Chris Grant

9th

9

25th Mar 2022

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

14:55 Musselburgh

Franks Fancy

10st 7lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Chris Grant

Dropping down the weights and today's return to better ground may be in his favour, but it's a long time since he's been competitive and others are far more compelling.

20/1

5th

4

12th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 4

15:20 Ayr

Franks Fancy

11st 5lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Chris Grant

Returning from six months on the sidelines when a tailed-off ninth at Kelso (2m6f, soft) last month; yet to win in handicap company and hard to enthuse over despite falling mark.

16/1

Form: 23-880

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Has failed to make an impact since coming from Ireland and latest effort at Carlisle (2m3f, good to soft) provided no encouragement; steps up markedly in distance with first-time blinkers replacing usual cheekpieces; plenty to prove.

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7th

4

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

15:50 Musselburgh

Barney Stinson

11st 3lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Adam Nicol

prominent on outer

25/1

8th

5

25th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 5

16:10 Wetherby

Barney Stinson

11st 7lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Adam Nicol

0-15 but he returned from long absence last month and took step back in right direction on second start back, when fifth of 14 at Ayr (2m4f, heavy) last time; could be working his way back into form and he stays 3m; edging down the weights and has each-way possibilities.

25/1

5th

2

2nd Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 100y

Class 5

13:15 Ayr

Barney Stinson

11st 12lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Adam Nicol

0-14 over hurdles; understandably got tired on his return from 494 days off at Carlisle (2m3f, good to soft) last month, but he will need to step up a fair bit in order to take a hand.

10/1

Form: P11-P7 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Ended last season with successive wins in staying handicap hurdles; pulled up on seasonal reappearance but showed a little more over 2m4f (heavy) here last month; this greater stamina test is in her favour so no great surprise to see her take another step forward.

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7th

8

12th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 4

15:20 Ayr

Whoa Black Betty

10st 12lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Jackie Stephen

Ended last season with successive wins in staying handicap hurdles; pulled up on seasonal reappearance but showed a little more over 2m4f (heavy) here last month; this greater stamina test is in her favour so no great surprise to see her take another step forward.

8/1

7th

3

15th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 100y

Class 5

13:20 Ayr

Whoa Black Betty

11st 10lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Jackie Stephen

Pulled up on soft before winning final two starts of last campaign, at about 3m on good to soft/good; pulled up some way out on return in December and still a question as to whether she handles soft.

14/1

2

9th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

13:10 Newcastle

Whoa Black Betty

11st 10lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Jackie Stephen

Built upon her previous Musselburgh win when easily justifying favouritism here (2m7f, good) in March; returns from a summer break off a 7lb higher mark, but should possess the speed to cope with the demands of this shorter trip; contender.

5/1

OUR TIP

Form: U/5214 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Back to winning ways at Newcastle (2m7f, good to soft) in January and can be forgiven lesser effort off this higher mark here last time as he broke a blood vessel; good claimer on board and looks a leading contender assuming all is well with him this time.

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1st

4

5th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 3

14:18 Kelso

Stoney Rover

11st 7lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

prominent in chasing group on inner

9/4

1st

5

3rd May 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 4

16:25 Ayr

Stoney Rover

11st 3lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

1

12th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 4

15:20 Ayr

Stoney Rover

11st 12lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: Sandy Thomson

Back to winning ways at Newcastle (2m7f, good to soft) in January and can be forgiven lesser effort off this higher mark here last time as he broke a blood vessel; good claimer on board and looks a leading contender assuming all is well with him this time.

5/1

Form: 7-13R4 CD

Last run: 11 days

W: 11st 11lb

10 yo Mare

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Won over this C&D (good to soft) last May but refused to race at Kelso last month; consented to take part after being led into the start at Catterick (3m1f, soft) on latest outing but finished a well-beaten fourth; others more appealing.

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2

12th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 4

15:20 Ayr

Final Reminder

11st 11lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Won over this C&D (good to soft) last May but refused to race at Kelso last month; consented to take part after being led into the start at Catterick (3m1f, soft) on latest outing but finished a well-beaten fourth; others more appealing.

8/1

4th

2

1st Mar 2022

Soft

3m 1f 71y

Class 4

15:50 Catterick

Final Reminder

11st 12lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: N W Alexander

Ayr winner at 3m last May and she was then a close third off this mark at Cartmel; however, she refused to take part at Kelso in February and is one to have reservations about after that.

16/1

1

18th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

13:00 Kelso

Final Reminder

11st 12lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: N W Alexander

An Ayr winner at 3m last May and was then a close third off this mark at Cartmel; however, wouldn't want the ground any easier than good to soft and she refused to take part here 15 days ago.

12/1

Form: 20-PPP

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Pulled up on all three starts during the winter, the first two in chases and latterly over hurdles on first outing after wind surgery; chance on some of his old hurdle form but can't be recommended until showing signs of a revival.

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6

4th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

14:25 Kelso

Off The Beat

11st 0lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Stays 3m; edging down the weights but that's because he tailed off on final start last term and pulled up on all three this season; had wind surgery before latest.

25/1

6

12th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 4

15:20 Ayr

Off The Beat

11st 3lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Sandy Thomson

Pulled up on all three starts during the winter, the first two in chases and latterly over hurdles on first outing after wind surgery; chance on some of his old hurdle form but can't be recommended until showing signs of a revival.

33/1

6

18th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

13:00 Kelso

Off The Beat

11st 7lb

J: Edward Austin

T: Sandy Thomson

Hasn't taken to fences this season but has undergone wind surgery since his latest non-completion and a case can be made on some of his hurdle form.

33/1

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Straight Forecast £146.00
Tricast £641.90
Trifecta £721.00

Selections

The Times:

Don Brocco

SPOTLIGHT:

Stoney Rover

The Guardian:

Shoeshine Boy

TOPSPEED:

Whoa Black Betty

Telegraph:

Don Brocco

Daily Express:

Don Brocco

Daily Mirror:

Don Brocco

The Star:

Don Brocco

Daily Record:

Shoeshine Boy

The Sun:

Whoa Black Betty

RP Ratings:

Stoney Rover

POSTDATA:

Stoney Rover

Daily Mail:

Stoney Rover