April 02 / 15.35 Ayr

15.35 Ayr

Good To Soft

Coral Scottish Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £84405
  • 3m 7f 176y
  • Class 1
  • 24 runners
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Coral Scottish Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race)

Runners: 24 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

OUR TIP

13/2 (Won)

  • Win: £7.50
  • Place: £2.10

Form: -15P11

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 5lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Back to form the last twice with wins at Exeter (3m, soft) and in the competitive Eider at Newcastle (4m1f, good to soft) in first-time cheekpieces (retained); proved well suited by that step up in trip on her seventh chase start and she's very much respected up 8lb; has won on good ground.
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1

23rd Apr 2022

Good

3m 4f 166y

Class 1

15:32 Sandown

Win My Wings

11st 12lb

J: Mr R James

T: Christian Williams

1st

7

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Win My Wings

11st 5lb

J: Mr R James

T: Christian Williams

Back to form the last twice with wins at Exeter (3m, soft) and in the competitive Eider at Newcastle (4m1f, good to soft) in first-time cheekpieces (retained); proved well suited by that step up in trip on her seventh chase start and she's very much respected up 8lb; has won on good ground.

13/2

1st

8

26th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

4m 1f 56y

Class 2

15:15 Newcastle

Win My Wings

11st 0lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Christian Williams

Stormed 10l clear at Cheltenham (3m2f, good) last April and shot back to form with a last-gasp win from the back at Exeter (3m, soft) last month; back up 3lb; first-time headgear muddies the waters but otherwise she looks a very interesting staying prospect, one to note.

12/1

9/2

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 22P472

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict
Returned to form with a fine second when back on better ground in a competitive handicap at Kempton (3m, good to soft) last time out; hampered late on and unlucky not to win the bet365 Gold Cup over 3m5f at Sandown (good) last April, and this 6yo has the credentials to be a major player today.
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3rd

4

23rd Apr 2022

Good

3m 4f 166y

Class 1

15:32 Sandown

Kitty’s Light

11st 3lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

2nd

3

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Kitty’s Light

11st 8lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Returned to form with a fine second when back on better ground in a competitive handicap at Kempton (3m, good to soft) last time out; hampered late on and unlucky not to win the bet365 Gold Cup over 3m5f at Sandown (good) last April, and this 6yo has the credentials to be a major player today.

9/2

2nd

8

26th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:37 Kempton

Kitty’s Light

11st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Christian Williams

Pulled up in Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury (3m2f, good to soft) in November and there's been no return to peak form here the last twice; however, they were his first encounters with soft ground and his reduced mark appeals on form as recent as October, when a fine second twice in a row (2m7f/3m, good/good to soft); possibilities now back on less testing ground.

20/1

11/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 10-112

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Won his first two chase starts (2m5f/3m, good/soft) towards the end of last year and returned from a break with a good second at Newbury (2m7f, soft) four weeks ago; this strong stayer has potential at today's longer trip and his trainer won this with a 7yo novice in 2013; firmly in calculations.
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3rd

17

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Major Dundee

10st 11lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Won his first two chase starts (2m5f/3m, good/soft) towards the end of last year and returned from a break with a good second at Newbury (2m7f, soft) four weeks ago; this strong stayer has potential at today's longer trip and his trainer won this with a 7yo novice in 2013; firmly in calculations.

11/1

2nd

4

5th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

16:12 Newbury

Major Dundee

11st 2lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

2-2 since switched to chasing this season, winning handicaps at Fakenham (2m5f, good) and Bangor (3m, soft); again not clobbered by the assessor, having been raised just another 3lb; open to further progress over fences and has to be feared.

3/1

1st

3

10th Dec 2021

Soft

3m 0f 5y

Class 3

13:30 Bangor-on-Dee

Major Dundee

11st 11lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Alan King

Bumper/hurdles winner (2m7f) on good ground and completed the set on his chase debut at Fakenham (good), winning a 2m5f handicap with a nice bit in hand; 3lb rise fair and does have heavy-ground form, so conditions should be no barrier to him.

11/4

40/1

  • Place: £17.30

Form: 014635

Last run: 112 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
Exposed 9yo who is unraced beyond 3m1f and was below par at Doncaster when last seen in December; however, he may have been ready for a break and the way he stayed on for third at Haydock (3m1f, good to soft) in November suggests this marathon trip is worth a go; not ruled out each-way.
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7

23rd Apr 2022

Good

3m 4f 166y

Class 1

15:32 Sandown

Fidux

10st 12lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Alan King

4th

5

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Fidux

11st 7lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Alan King

Exposed 9yo who is unraced beyond 3m1f and was below par at Doncaster when last seen in December; however, he may have been ready for a break and the way he stayed on for third at Haydock (3m1f, good to soft) in November suggests this marathon trip is worth a go; not ruled out each-way.

40/1

5th

3

11th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 2

15:15 Doncaster

Fidux

11st 6lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Alan King

Fine servant over the years, the winner of ten of his 50 races; performed right up to his best when 2l third of seven at Haydock (3m2f, good to soft; 14-1) three weeks ago, and should be thereabouts again.

7/1

Form: 4-1423

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Has run well on three of his four starts in this novice chase campaign, finishing third of four in 3m Grade 2 at Wetherby latest, and he handles various ground; into the unknown stamina-wise today but he's in top hands and his brother Beg To Differ was fourth in a Welsh National; a possible.
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5th

8

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Ashtown Lad

11st 5lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Has run well on three of his four starts in this novice chase campaign, finishing third of four in 3m Grade 2 at Wetherby latest, and he handles various ground; into the unknown stamina-wise today but he's in top hands and his brother Beg To Differ was fourth in a Welsh National; a possible.

11/1

3rd

2

5th Feb 2022

Good

3m 0f 45y

Class 1

14:30 Wetherby

Ashtown Lad

11st 0lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

C&D winner on his chasing debut and second in a Haydock handicap latest; both good efforts but sandwiched between them is a distant view of Ahoy Senor at Newbury.

8/1

2nd

1

30th Dec 2021

Heavy

2m 6f 54y

Class 3

13:00 Haydock

Ashtown Lad

11st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Irish point winner; 2-7 over hurdles; perfect start over fences when making all in novice at Wetherby (3m, good to soft) in October; tailed off behind Ahoy Senor in Grade 2 at Newbury next time; has a more realistic chance in this handicap but will still need a personal best to defy top weight.

9/2

Form: -8P173

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
11yo who is inconsistent and hasn't been at his best the last twice; however, today's extreme test of stamina could help as he ran well in the Welsh National on two occasions, and he showed plenty of spark as recently as January when winning the veterans' final at Sandown; may run into a place.
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12

23rd Apr 2022

Good

3m 4f 166y

Class 1

15:32 Sandown

Prime Venture

10st 5lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

6th

13

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Prime Venture

11st 0lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

11yo who is inconsistent and hasn't been at his best the last twice; however, today's extreme test of stamina could help as he ran well in the Welsh National on two occasions, and he showed plenty of spark as recently as January when winning the veterans' final at Sandown; may run into a place.

40/1

3rd

3

5th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 2

13:15 Newbury

Prime Venture

11st 7lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Never figured back over hurdles last Saturday; successful in the Final of the 2021 Veterans Chase Series at Sandown (3m, heavy; now 7lb higher) on most recent chase start and looks a likely player on that form.

13/2

12/1

Form: 02-422

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict
Prone to making mistakes which is a concern but he stayed on well for second at Cheltenham (3m2f, soft) on New Year's Day and was suited by the step up in trip when going close at Musselburgh (3m7f, good) in February; progressive and could have a part to play if minimising the blunders.
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7th

9

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

The Wolf

11st 4lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Olly Murphy

Prone to making mistakes which is a concern but he stayed on well for second at Cheltenham (3m2f, soft) on New Year's Day and was suited by the step up in trip when going close at Musselburgh (3m7f, good) in February; progressive and could have a part to play if minimising the blunders.

12/1

2nd

5

5th Feb 2022

Good

3m 7f 108y

Class 2

15:45 Musselburgh

The Wolf

11st 0lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Olly Murphy

Progressive 8yo who stayed on well for second over Cheltenham's stiff, extended 3m2f on New Year's Day (soft); also effective on good ground and he has potential over today's marathon distance; could have a big say.

9/4

2nd

5

1st Jan 2022

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

12:50 Cheltenham

The Wolf

11st 3lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Olly Murphy

Acts on soft; tongue tied last two starts (3m, good to soft) and ran well; appeared to be travelling best approaching three out at Doncaster on reappearance but blundered badly and that cost him his chance; same mark today and looks capable of better, so a big player barring any mishaps.

5/1

Form: -P2314

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Comfortably beat a solid yardstick to win a three-runner handicap at Newcastle (2m7f, good) in February and fair fourth in the Eider there (4m1f, good to soft) next time, behind two of these; however, he has to find something extra in this hotter race if he's to reward each-way backers once more.
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15

26th Jun 2022

Good

3m 2f 13y

Class 1

15:00 Uttoxeter

Court Master

10st 9lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Michael Scudamore

tracked leaders on outer, hit 6th, lost position 14th, towards rear when mistake 15th, pulled up before 5 out

40/1

8th

19

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Court Master

10st 9lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Michael Scudamore

Comfortably beat a solid yardstick to win a three-runner handicap at Newcastle (2m7f, good) in February and fair fourth in the Eider there (4m1f, good to soft) next time, behind two of these; however, he has to find something extra in this hotter race if he's to reward each-way backers once more.

20/1

4th

13

26th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

4m 1f 56y

Class 2

15:15 Newcastle

Court Master

10st 12lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Michael Scudamore

Rallied to get third when tried over 3m2f at Cheltenham on penultimate start, albeit beaten a long way; much better form either side, making all in three-runner race here (3m) on latest outing, and such a new trip asks a big question.

9/1

Form: 4-3542 BF

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict
Having had wind surgery he returned to form with a close second of three at Newcastle (2m7f, good to soft) 25 days ago; runs off a mark 5lb lower than when fourth in this last year (good), and it's a race in which the same faces often run well on repeat occasions; could be in the mix.
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9th

21

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

The Ferry Master

10st 7lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Having had wind surgery he returned to form with a close second of three at Newcastle (2m7f, good to soft) 25 days ago; runs off a mark 5lb lower than when fourth in this last year (good), and it's a race in which the same faces often run well on repeat occasions; could be in the mix.

9/1

2nd

3

8th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 91y

Class 3

15:15 Newcastle

The Ferry Master

10st 13lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Signed off last season with a fine fourth in the Scottish National; has not reached that level of form in three starts this time round and has had a wind operation since struggling over an inadequate trip at Wetherby in December; questions to answer but certainly capable of going close off this mark.

7/2

4th

4

26th Dec 2021

Soft

2m 3f 85y

Class 3

13:00 Wetherby

The Ferry Master

11st 4lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Did very well last term as novice, winning twice (2m7f, good to soft/good; has won on heavy) and finishing fourth in the Scottish National when not quite seeing out 4m; first start this season (creditable) was better than his second and this marked drop back in trip is off-putting.

11/2

Form: 11-8P0 C

Last run: 18 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Prolific early last year, winning in fine style in the novice handicap on this card (3m, good); a return to form is a possibility now back here but he has plenty to prove having struggled on his three runs this term.
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16

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

One More Fleurie

10st 11lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Prolific early last year, winning in fine style in the novice handicap on this card (3m, good); a return to form is a possibility now back here but he has plenty to prove having struggled on his three runs this term.

25/1

17th

21

15th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

One More Fleurie

10st 0lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Progressive front-runner last spring when winning final four completions at 2m4f-3m on ground ranging from soft to good; however, not in anything like the same form this term, coming home in his own time at Ascot and pulled up a long way out in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury in November; 3lb out of the handicap.

66/1

20

27th Nov 2021

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

15:00 Newbury

One More Fleurie

10st 5lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Tailed off on reappearance at Ascot (3m, soft) last month; however, highly progressive from the front over 3m on good ground in the spring and scored in good style from subsequent Grand Sefton winner Mac Tottie at Ayr in April; on that evidence he could be a force off today's 9lb higher mark, provided he handles conditions (has won on soft; best form on good).

28/1

Form: 5-3432 C BF

Last run: 56 days

W: 10st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
Solid second in a conditional jockeys' veterans' chase at Musselburgh (2m6f) last time, with Alan Doyle removing 3lb; Doyle claims a useful 7lb today and this consistent 10yo is now 6lb lower than when a creditable fifth in this race last year; could go well in a first-time tongue-tie.
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23

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Cool Mix

10st 4lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Iain Jardine

Solid second in a conditional jockeys' veterans' chase at Musselburgh (2m6f) last time, with Alan Doyle removing 3lb; Doyle claims a useful 7lb today and this consistent 10yo is now 6lb lower than when a creditable fifth in this race last year; could go well in a first-time tongue-tie.

12/1

2nd

3

5th Feb 2022

Good

2m 6f 0y

Class 3

14:05 Musselburgh

Cool Mix

11st 9lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Iain Jardine

Consistent sort who has run solid races on his three starts this season (2m7f-3m1f, good-soft) and has dropped back down to his last winning mark for this first run in a veterans' chase; can give another good account.

3/1

3rd

6

29th Dec 2021

Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 3

14:50 Doncaster

Cool Mix

11st 1lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Iain Jardine

Usually runs with credit, best efforts on good/good to soft but he did run respectably on soft once last term; fifth in the Scottish National, minor honours in both starts this season and lots to suggest he can again be on the premises.

13/2

Form: 4123P4

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Ex-French 8yo who won in good style at Wincanton (3m2f, good to soft) in January on his fourth British start; back to form with respectable fourth in the Midlands National at Uttoxeter (4m2f, soft) a fortnight ago but was beaten about 20l and it's likely he's vulnerable once more this afternoon.
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5th

7

29th Jul 2022

Good

3m 0f 5y

Class 3

15:45 Bangor-on-Dee

El Paso Wood

11st 0lb

J: Philip Armson

T: David Pipe

towards rear, headway 3 out, ridden and weakened 2 out

6/1

7th

5

24th Jul 2022

Good

3m 2f 13y

Class 2

15:05 Uttoxeter

El Paso Wood

10st 11lb

J: Philip Armson

T: David Pipe

held up in behind leaders, disputing fourth 11th, lost position after 15th, soon ridden, no chance from 4 out, weakened 2 out (trainer's rep could offer no explanation for the poor form shown; vet reported that a post-race examination failed to reveal any abnormalities)

5/1

2nd

3

4th Jun 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

13:10 Worcester

El Paso Wood

11st 13lb

J: Philip Armson

T: David Pipe

held up in behind leaders, hit 4th, headway 9th, led narrowly after 4 out, ridden after 3 out, headed after last, kept on

6/1

Form: -221P2

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
His five chase starts have come in small fields and he's not obviously well treated now back in a handicap, and a red-hot one at that; however, he's only eight and this game galloper has hinted he may be suited by today's step up in distance; an each-way possible.
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1

21st May 2022

Good

3m 3f 119y

Class 3

20:00 Stratford

Ask A Honey Bee

11st 10lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

1-6 during first season over fences, the win gained in very uncompetitive Chepstow novice in January; ran well for a long way before falling heavily in home straight in Scottish National last month and could take some catching in this much easier race.

4/1

20

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Ask A Honey Bee

10st 9lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

His five chase starts have come in small fields and he's not obviously well treated now back in a handicap, and a red-hot one at that; however, he's only eight and this game galloper has hinted he may be suited by today's step up in distance; an each-way possible.

20/1

2nd

1

9th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 3

16:35 Catterick

Ask A Honey Bee

11st 4lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Had a simple task when getting off the mark over fences at Chepstow (3m) in January and he folded tamely from five out when pulled up in 3m novice handicap there last time; blinkers go on now, and he's not discounted if they spark a resurgence.

7/4

Form: 83U1U3

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Won at Down Royal (3m, yielding) in January and unseated early when only 6-1 for the 4m1f Eider next time; stayed on well for third at Navan (3m, soft) three weeks ago and this unexposed Irish raider could relish today's extreme test of stamina; trainer also runs Stormy Judge.
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3

18th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 150y

17:40 Fairyhouse

History Of Fashion

11st 10lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: P A Fahy

Won over 3m at Down Royal in January; unseated early when only 6-1 for the 4m1f Eider next time; stayed on well for third at Navan in March; pulled-up before four out in the Scottish National.

18

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

History Of Fashion

10st 9lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: P A Fahy

Won at Down Royal (3m, yielding) in January and unseated early when only 6-1 for the 4m1f Eider next time; stayed on well for third at Navan (3m, soft) three weeks ago and this unexposed Irish raider could relish today's extreme test of stamina; trainer also runs Stormy Judge.

12/1

3rd

3

12th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 0f 0y

16:35 Navan

History Of Fashion

11st 2lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: P A Fahy

Won maiden point in November 2020; mixed form before making a winning handicap chase debut over this trip at Down Royal in January; jumping problems resurfaced in the Eider Chase at Newcastle, unseating his rider at the sixth; 6-1 second-favourite then, so chance has to be taken seriously.

6/1

Form: 362P42

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict
Stayed on strongly for close second in the Becher over 3m2f at Aintree in December and this trip could be within range; versatile ground-wise; excellent second when badly in at the weights in Kelso Listed chase last month but the handicapper has reacted with a 9lb rise, which makes things tough.
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1

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Hill Sixteen

11st 12lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: Sandy Thomson

Stayed on strongly for close second in the Becher over 3m2f at Aintree in December and this trip could be within range; versatile ground-wise; excellent second when badly in at the weights in Kelso Listed chase last month but the handicapper has reacted with a 9lb rise, which makes things tough.

20/1

2nd

6

5th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 1

14:40 Kelso

Hill Sixteen

11st 0lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Sandy Thomson

Went very close in the Becher at Aintree (3m2f, soft) in December and didn't run badly when fourth at Doncaster (3m, good) latest; however, he was a long way behind the winner Windsor Avenue and has a tough task here.

20/1

4th

9

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:20 Doncaster

Hill Sixteen

10st 11lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Sandy Thomson

Pulled up in the Welsh National last time before stamina may have been an issue; hard to be confident on the back of that but he'd previously run a cracker when going close in the Becher at Aintree (3m2f, soft) and shouldn't be written off this afternoon; has won on good ground.

16/1

Form: 638153

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 13lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
10yo who has an up-and-down profile but he won in a first-time visor (retained since) at Plumpton (3m1f, good to soft) in January and returned to form when third to Win My Wings in the Eider at Newcastle last time (4m1f, good to soft; beaten about 8l); each-way claims if again on a going day.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

1

18th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 129y

Class 3

16:15 Huntingdon

Innisfree Lad

12st 2lb

J: Jack Andrews

T: David Dennis

15

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Innisfree Lad

10st 13lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: David Dennis

10yo who has an up-and-down profile but he won in a first-time visor (retained since) at Plumpton (3m1f, good to soft) in January and returned to form when third to Win My Wings in the Eider at Newcastle last time (4m1f, good to soft; beaten about 8l); each-way claims if again on a going day.

20/1

3rd

7

26th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

4m 1f 56y

Class 2

15:15 Newcastle

Innisfree Lad

11st 3lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: David Dennis

Visor enlisted over 3m1f at Plumpton when winning well last month (8lb higher today) but well beaten 12 days later; hurdling provides an excuse for the latter and his third at Kelso in December showed he stays 4m on soft; the career-high mark makes him look vulnerable.

20/1

Form: 2-5133

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
10yo who has been better than ever this season, making all at Chepstow (2m7f, good) in October before creditable thirds the last twice, in the 3m5f Classic at Warwick (soft) on the first occasion; however, he needs to find something new in the first-time cheekpieces to come out on top today.
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Verdict Starting price

14

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Chirico Vallis

11st 0lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

10yo who has been better than ever this season, making all at Chepstow (2m7f, good) in October before creditable thirds the last twice, in the 3m5f Classic at Warwick (soft) on the first occasion; however, he needs to find something new in the first-time cheekpieces to come out on top today.

25/1

3rd

4

23rd Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 2

15:25 Doncaster

Chirico Vallis

10st 13lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

Was having just his second crack at a staying trip when winning at Chepstow (2m7f, good) in October and he's since been a creditable third in the Classic at Warwick (3m5f, soft); this is an easier race than last time and holds leading claims off his static mark.

5/2

3rd

7

15th Jan 2022

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

Chirico Vallis

11st 5lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

It was just his second run at a staying trip when he made all by a head at Chepstow (2m7f, good) last time out in October; he's won on soft ground and it's possible he'll stay this far, but his stamina is far from guaranteed and he probably needs a career best to defy a 5lb rise today.

20/1

Form: -58P2P

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 9lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict
Creditable efforts in this in 2017, 2018 and 2019, the highlight his third in 2018; after a wind op he returned to form when second in Doncaster veterans' chase in February and he's on a handy mark, but he's since been pulled up at Cheltenham and this 12yo is back to having something to prove.
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Verdict Starting price

2

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Vintage Clouds

11st 9lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Sue Smith

Creditable efforts in this in 2017, 2018 and 2019, the highlight his third in 2018; after a wind op he returned to form when second in Doncaster veterans' chase in February and he's on a handy mark, but he's since been pulled up at Cheltenham and this 12yo is back to having something to prove.

33/1

12

15th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Vintage Clouds

10st 6lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Sue Smith

Having his sixth run in this race and has been solid as a rock when running in it off marks in the 140s, placed in 2018 and 2019 then rising from the ashes to see off his rivals 12 months ago (soft); place chance off just 1lb higher; has won on good but is suited by soft.

25/1

2nd

2

23rd Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 2

15:25 Doncaster

Vintage Clouds

11st 7lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Sue Smith

12yo who was tailed off on his final two starts towards the end of last year and has something to prove; however, he's off the same mark as when winning at the Cheltenham Festival last March and he's had wind surgery since last time, which could prompt a revival; not written off.

15/2

Form: 4UP611

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Trained in France until last autumn and has returned to form the last twice with all-the-way wins at Southwell (3m, good to soft) and Fakenham (3m, good to soft); this 10yo has shot up the weights and is in a much hotter race today, but he's clearly thriving and could make another bold bid.
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Verdict Starting price

1

22nd Jun 2022

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 3

14:05 Worcester

Via Dolorosa

12st 1lb

J: Philip Armson

T: David Pipe

Two wins in March and, having been out of his depth in major handicaps, has strung together a sequence of three seconds, all last month; still 5lb above his latest winning mark so bit more needed to win; can lead.

9/2

2nd

1

30th May 2022

Good

3m 5f 80y

Class 3

15:15 Cartmel

Via Dolorosa

12st 0lb

J: Philip Armson

T: David Pipe

Ex-French; won twice for this yard last season and has returned to form with a couple of seconds, last time at Southwell (3m2f, good) not helping his chance by jumping right for the most part; certainly wouldn't want to repeat that trait around here.

Evs

2nd

1

18th May 2022

Good

3m 1f 185y

Class 3

17:15 Southwell

Via Dolorosa

11st 9lb

J: Philip Armson

T: David Pipe

Ex-French; won twice for this yard last season, including over C&D in March (good to soft); creditable second off this mark at Market Rasen last time and one with a chance.

9/4

Form: 211-05

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict
Not at the top of his game on either run this year, after an absence, but there were promising signs 20 days ago and he was progressive last season; the form of last March's handicap win at Navan (3m, heavy) has worked out really well and his brother and stablemate Mister Fogpatches was third in this last year (on good); very interesting contender if handling the ground (kept to soft/heavy for vast majority of career); one of two for Irish yard.
Place /
No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

11

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Stormy Judge

11st 4lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: P A Fahy

Not at the top of his game on either run this year, after an absence, but there were promising signs 20 days ago and he was progressive last season; the form of last March's handicap win at Navan (3m, heavy) has worked out really well and his brother and stablemate Mister Fogpatches was third in this last year (on good); very interesting contender if handling the ground (kept to soft/heavy for vast majority of career); one of two for Irish yard.

9/1

5th

5

13th Mar 2022

Heavy

3m 0f 126y

16:40 Naas

Stormy Judge

10st 7lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: P A Fahy

Progressive over fences last season, signing off with a defeat of solid yardstick Enjoy D'allen in a big novice handicap at Navan a year ago; should be ready to do himself justice now having warmed up with a hurdles run over an inadequate trip at this venue two weeks ago.

7/1

11th

13

27th Feb 2022

Soft

1m 7f 101y

17:00 Naas

Stormy Judge

10st 10lb

J: Richard Condon

T: P A Fahy

Progressive over fences last season, winning here before beating Enjoy D'allen over 3m at Navan from mark of 127; very well handicapped on his chase form but 2m is probably sharp enough on return from a 351-day absence.

12/1

Form: 713R3P C

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict
Patchy form since winning on his chase debut at Galway (2m6f, good) last July, and his jumping can lack fluency; however, his staying-on third in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at last season's Cheltenham Festival (3m, good to soft) hints that today's test may suit; no forlorn hope.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

6

6th Aug 2022

Good

3m 1f 0y

18:55 Kilbeggan

Streets Of Doyen

11st 0lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: John C McConnell

in touch with leaders, headway and went third before 4 out, went second after 3 out, pushed along approaching last, soon ridden, no chance with winner final 110yds

3/1

7

1st Aug 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 0y

17:08 Cork

Streets Of Doyen

11st 0lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: John C McConnell

Smart hurdler (C&D winner) and won on his chasing debut at Galway last July; hasn't really built on that although fair fourth in valuable Uttoxeter handicap on latest; looks up against it.

14/1

6

30th Jul 2022

Good

2m 6f 168y

14:30 Galway

Streets Of Doyen

11st 6lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: John C McConnell

Six-time winner; won a beginners chase at this meeting last year but a better hurdler given his novice form when placed in Grade 1s at Cheltenham and Aintree; not disgraced in the Summer Cup at Uttoxeter last time but certainly of interest back over flights.

14/1

Form: 341-61

Last run: 133 days

W: 11st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Progressive 9yo who made it four wins from his last seven starts when upped in trip at Haydock (3m4f, good to soft) in November, when clear with an improving runner-up; off since and this is hotter but a 5lb rise for last time isn't harsh and he could still have more to offer; on the shortlist.
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Jersey Bean

11st 5lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Oliver Sherwood

Progressive 9yo who made it four wins from his last seven starts when upped in trip at Haydock (3m4f, good to soft) in November, when clear with an improving runner-up; off since and this is hotter but a 5lb rise for last time isn't harsh and he could still have more to offer; on the shortlist.

16/1

8

19th Mar 2022

Soft

4m 2f 8y

Class 1

15:35 Uttoxeter

Jersey Bean

10st 7lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Oliver Sherwood

Won three handicap chases (3m/3m1f) last season and he was all heart when going in again over 3m4f at Haydock (good to soft) in November, for which he's gone up a fair 5lb; all his best form is on good or good to soft, so conditions could find him out; non-runner.

1st

1

20th Nov 2021

Good To Soft

3m 4f 97y

Class 3

12:40 Haydock

Jersey Bean

11st 12lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Oliver Sherwood

Three chase wins in blinkers last season, the latest when gamely making all over 3m1f at Cheltenham (good) in April; may have needed the run when below par on his reappearance there; this sort of trip should suit him.

8/1

Form: -12317

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict
Untested beyond 3m1f and beaten 13l in seventh in the Ultima at the Cheltenham Festival 18 days ago; however, this 7yo novice was progressive previously and his trainer has won this three times, the latest in 2009, and has had eight horses finish placed since; therefore he's worth a second look.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Fantastikas

11st 8lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Untested beyond 3m1f and beaten 13l in seventh in the Ultima at the Cheltenham Festival 18 days ago; however, this 7yo novice was progressive previously and his trainer has won this three times, the latest in 2009, and has had eight horses finish placed since; therefore he's worth a second look.

12/1

7th

11

15th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Fantastikas

10st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Has come a long way in a short time, having made his hurdle debut in November 2020; has done well over fences, with 2m7f handicap and novice wins at Lingfield (good to soft/heavy) bookending good runs in Grade 2s at Doncaster and here; straightforward type who stays well and knows how to grit his teeth; can improve further for yard that is 30% (8-27) here this season.

12/1

1st

3

21st Jan 2022

Heavy

2m 7f 110y

Class 2

15:00 Lingfield

Fantastikas

11st 7lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Progressive novice hurdler last season but has soon raised the bar over fences, winning a good C&D handicap in November and respectable in better company subsequently; it was a very warm Grade 2 in which he was a 12l third at Cheltenham (soft) and that trip of 2m4f would be short of his best; solid.

100/30

Form: -4P52F C

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Course regular whose four wins have all come here, at up to 3m3f; good second over 3m here in January but this 10yo has been inconsistent this season and faces a tough task today from 4lb out of the handicap.
Place /
No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

24

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Strong Economy

10st 0lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Ian Duncan

Course regular whose four wins have all come here, at up to 3m3f; good second over 3m here in January but this 10yo has been inconsistent this season and faces a tough task today from 4lb out of the handicap.

50/1

2

12th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 4

15:55 Ayr

Strong Economy

11st 8lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Ian Duncan

Put a couple of poor efforts behind him when runner-up over C&D (soft) in January; missed intended engagement last month (vet's certificate); needs to back up his run last time but all four career wins have been achieved at this track so has to be considered.

5/2

17

26th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

4m 1f 56y

Class 2

15:15 Newcastle

Strong Economy

10st 0lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Ian Duncan

Below-form sixth in this race last year but he did win over 3m3f on heavy that January; ran poorly on second and third starts this season, and even though he was back to form when second of five at Ayr on latest outing, he needs to raise his game further and to prove his stamina.

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Tricast £4067.70
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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Stormy Judge

Daily Mail:

Fantastikas

RP Ratings:

Cool Mix

TOPSPEED:

El Paso Wood

Daily Record:

Major Dundee

Telegraph:

Ashtown Lad

WEST COUNTRY:

Ask A Honey Bee

POSTDATA:

The Wolf

The Sun:

Hill Sixteen

The Times:

Win My Wings

LAMBOURN:

Jersey Bean

Daily Mirror:

Fantastikas

The Guardian:

Stormy Judge

Daily Express:

Stormy Judge

The Star:

Cool Mix