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13:45 Ayr

Good To Soft

Ayrshire Hospice, Building The Future Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBb Race)

  • Prize money: £7896.7
  • 3m 0f 70y
  • Class 3
  • 6 runners
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Ayrshire Hospice, Building The Future Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBb Race)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

5/2 (Won)

  • Win: £2.38
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 221

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Bought for £210,000 after winning sole Irish point and, having been a promising second on his first two hurdle starts (2m5f, good to soft), he won easily at 1-5 at Hereford (3m1f, soft) recently; in top hands and he has the potential to be better than his handicap debut mark.

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11

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

City Chief

11st 7lb

J: Mr James King

T: Nicky Henderson

Won Hereford handicap (3m1f, soft) last January on second chase start and followed up in Grade 2 Towton Novices' Chase at Wetherby (3m, good to soft) last February; some fair efforts back in handicaps since but he hasn't kicked on and needs to raise his game in first-time cheekpieces to win this.

25/1

6th

5

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

City Chief

11st 8lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Nicky Henderson

14l fourth to Malina Girl at Cheltenham (3m3f; favourite) in November, giving the impression that reappearance run might have been needed, but he again lost places late on when below-form fifth back at Cheltenham (3m2f) four weeks ago; looked promising last term but now has a bit to prove.

10/1

9/2

  • Place: £3.20

Form: 431

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

3m point winner who has improved with each of his three rules starts, making all at Newcastle (2m4f, good to soft) latest on his first run since a wind op; on today's terms he's closely matched with the Newcastle runner-up Donna's Double and could continue his progressive ways now up in trip.

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5

10th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 191y

Class 3

15:50 Market Rasen

Hidden Heroics

11st 5lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

led, pulled up before 8th, race voided

7/2

Form: 003481

Last run: 11 days

W: 10st 4lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Made a winning handicap debut when back on good ground at Southwell (2m4f, good) last Thursday and her strong finish suggests she's worth another crack at a staying trip; however, it was a mares' Class 5 last time and she faces a considerably tougher task under a penalty in today's company.

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9th

13

8th May 2024

Good

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

13:40 Kelso

Starlyte

10st 7lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Well handicapped on his old form but last win was in November 2022 and he's come up short in small-field events here (3m2f/2m5f) in last two runs; others are more persuasive.

12/1

Form: 5-4313 C BF

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Built on the promise of his first two hurdle starts (2m/2m4f, good/good to soft) when winning here (2m5f, soft) in December in a race that worked out extremely well; retains potential but he needs to produce more than when third on February's handicap debut at Doncaster (3m, soft).

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4th

5

22nd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 3

14:00 Ayr

Half Track

11st 2lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

led narrowly, headed but prominent 3rd, led again before 7th

12/1

5

8th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 91y

Class 4

13:17 Newcastle

Half Track

11st 7lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: N W Alexander

First-fence unseat on chase debut in October and his jumping wasn't great at Kelso (2m7f, soft) a fortnight ago; however, he was in touch last time when hampered/unseating five out, and this unexposed novice hurdle winner could be a contender if finding fluency over his fences.

6/1

4

24th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 4

14:58 Kelso

Half Track

11st 8lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: N W Alexander

novicey jumping, held up in behind leaders on outer, slow jump 10th

7/1

OUR TIP

Form: 0-2321

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Bumper winner who showed improved form in first-time cheekpieces (retained) to make a winning handicap debut at Newbury (2m4f, soft) four weeks ago; he's with a leading trainer and there's stamina in his pedigree, so he could continue to progress now up in trip; versatile ground-wise.

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1st

1

16th Jun 2023

Good

3m 0f 210y

Class 3

18:25 Aintree

Shearer

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

made all, faced challenge 2 out, pushed along when not fluent last, ridden clear run-in

15/8

1st

1

14th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 171y

Class 3

14:05 Ludlow

Shearer

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Developed into useful hurdler in 2022, winning three times (2m4f-3m); unable to land a telling blow when midfield in Musselburgh handicap in February but still looks interesting on today's chasing debut.

11/4

8th

4

5th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

14:55 Musselburgh

Shearer

11st 9lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Paul Nicholls

in rear on outer, mistake 6th

13/2

Form: 1-812

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

All four starts at Newcastle on good/good to soft; won his sole bumper and scored in February on his second start over hurdles (2m); solid second there since (2m4f) under a penalty behind Hidden Heroics; improvement needed on handicap debut but the step up in trip could be a positive.

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0

10

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 2

13:30 Aintree

Donnas Double

10st 3lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Sandy Thomson

Inconsistent during last season's first chasing campaign but he posted a win at Ayr (2m4f, heavy) in January and was a very close third there (2m4f, good to soft) on last month's reappearance; remains lightly raced and is not ruled out in a first-time tongue-tie.

10/1

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Payout
Exacta £111.00
Straight Forecast £122.10
Trifecta £450.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

City Chief

Daily Mirror:

Half Track

TOPSPEED:

Shearer

RP Ratings:

City Chief

POSTDATA:

City Chief

LAMBOURN:

City Chief

The Times:

City Chief

Telegraph:

City Chief

The Guardian:

City Chief

Daily Mail:

City Chief

Daily Express:

City Chief

The Sun:

City Chief

Daily Record:

City Chief

The Star:

Half Track

WEST COUNTRY:

Shearer