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16:18 Ayr

Good To Soft

Marine Troon Hotel & Spa Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £7624.4
  • 2m 0f 110y
  • Class 3
  • 8 runners
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Marine Troon Hotel & Spa Handicap Chase

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £5.00
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 7111P- D

Last run: 204 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Thrived in his first campaign over fences, maintaining his unbeaten record when completing a hat-trick at Catterick (2m3f, good to soft; just as effective at 2m) in March; down the field back over hurdles at Aintree in April, but he may still have untapped potential in this sphere and he reappears with his stable in fine form; high on the list.

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6

11th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Mackenberg

11st 0lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Talented on his day and he was having one of them at Hereford recently (2m, good to soft) when clear of his rivals until his saddle slipped and he unseated at the last; back up 4lb in a tougher race and has something to prove on this track, having been pulled up in handicaps at this meeting for the last two years, over hurdles and in this race.

50/1

2

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 8y

Class 3

15:27 Hereford

Mackenberg

11st 12lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

jumped left throughout, disputed lead, raced in second before 3rd

100/30

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11/2

  • Place: £2.70

Form: U1116- CD

Last run: 227 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Progressive 2m chaser last term, winning in small fields at Fontwell, here and at Wetherby, all under Lewis Dobb; far from disgraced to finish sixth of 16 in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham on final start; will need another personal best to get back on the winning trail but that's certainly possible.

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7th

2

18th Oct 2023

Good

1m 7f 36y

Class 3

14:25 Wetherby

Hasankey

11st 13lb

J: Lewis Dobb

T: L J Morgan

in touch with leaders

7/1

5th

6

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 1

13:15 Ayr

Hasankey

11st 2lb

J: Lewis Dobb

T: L J Morgan

Better than the bare result when fourth of 13 at Aintree (2m, good; came from rear after early mistake) last week; that followed a good second at Warwick and suggests his current mark is still workable; has an impressive record (a win, a second and a third from three runs) at Ayr and should go well.

13/2

4th

11

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Hasankey

11st 1lb

J: Lewis Dobb

T: L J Morgan

Hat-trick at about this trip last midwinter (on heavy/soft) but in the meantime has all too often looked weighted to his best off similar marks to today's; others higher up the list.

12/1

13/2

  • Place: £5.90

Form: 5150-2 D

Last run: 178 days

W: 10st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

5-15 over fences, scoring at Kelso (2m1f) and Musselburgh (2m) last season; only 1lb higher than for that second win and he's another who has to enter calculations.

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4th

3

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 3

13:50 Musselburgh

Cedar Hill

11st 10lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Ended last year with below-par C&D run (bled from the nose) and was beaten when falling over 2m4f here on New Year's Day; needs to get back in the groove but has very good chasing strike-rate (7-25) and his current mark is workable.

4/1

Form: 2U-132 C

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Steadily progressive over fences, best effort when second of seven at Carlisle (2m, good to soft) 16 days ago; the only one of these with race fitness on his side, he's likely to be in the thick of things again.

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1st

11

28th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 121y

Class 3

14:05 Perth

If Not For Dylan

11st 2lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Andrew Hamilton

Sedgefield winner (2m3f+, cheekpieces on for first time) in January but not quite as good twice since; has won at 3m around here but ability to stay this trip has to be taken on trust.

16/1

7th

2

26th Mar 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

14:35 Carlisle

If Not For Dylan

11st 9lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Andrew Hamilton

Won in first-time cheekpieces (retained since) at Sedgefield (2m3f, good to soft) and bumped into a much-improved winner when a well-beaten second at Haydock (2m4f, good to soft) last time; has shown promise on soft/heavy ground; second in this last year and could be in the mix.

5/1

2nd

10

18th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 203y

Class 3

15:50 Haydock

If Not For Dylan

11st 1lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Andrew Hamilton

Returned to form back on better ground in first-time cheekpieces (retained) at Sedgefield (2m3f, good to soft) recently, winning by 2l; 5lb higher in this better race but could have more to offer in the headgear.

9/1

Form: 13U11- CD

Last run: 211 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Has developed into a likeable campaigner, and last season he added three chase wins (including over C&D) to three previous successes over hurdles; could still be ahead of his mark but he shaped as if needing his reappearance in 2020 and 2021 and it's possible he'll be better for the run.

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2nd

8

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 203y

Class 2

15:15 Haydock

Dubai Days

11st 3lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Tends to come good in the spring, winning at Carlisle (2m4f, heavy) last March and back on the scoresheet at Ayr (2m4f, good) three weeks ago; did it readily in a small field last time and remains feasibly treated back up 4lb; he's on the shortlist.

10/1

1st

2

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 3

15:43 Ayr

Dubai Days

11st 8lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

held up in rear, not fluent 13th, pushed along and steady headway from 4 out, left in lead 3 out, pushed along 2 out, went clear approaching last, good jump last, comfortably

3/1

Form: 32215- CD

Last run: 196 days

W: 11st 1lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

10yo; it was only a match he won at Newcastle (2m) in March and he ended the season with a below-par run at Carlisle; has gone well when fresh in the past but may be vulnerable to younger legs.

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0

4

15th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 115y

Class 4

13:05 Doncaster

Slanelough

11st 11lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

Now 7lb lower than when winning at Newcastle last November but this 11yo has struggled to get competitive since; needs to raise his game.

16/1

8th

4

4th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 3

14:15 Ayr

Slanelough

11st 6lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

Not an easy one to predict nowadays but returned from break with fairly encouraging run at Wetherby last month and is now 3lb lower than when making all at Newcastle (2m4f, soft) just under a year ago.

16/1

5th

5

18th Oct 2023

Good

1m 7f 36y

Class 3

14:25 Wetherby

Slanelough

11st 3lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

led

16/1

Form: 11F1-5 CD BF

Last run: 178 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Makes the running; gained three quick wins over fences between February and April, finishing alone over C&D for the third of them; had possibly gone off the boil when down the field at Kelso in May; could be open to more progress and he's likely to make another bold bid after six months off.

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2nd

6

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

16:15 Punchestown

Douglas Talking

10st 11lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Front-runner who has created a big impression during a productive British campaign and a late mistake perhaps cost him when reeled in late on at Aintree (2m, good to soft); still looks well handicapped and he's a scopey 7yo who should take well to this place.

9/2

2nd

13

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Douglas Talking

11st 0lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

Front-runs; immediate improvement for switch to fences and beaten only twice in seven completions, running flat last May after a long spell of action and back from break in October; had wind surgery since and has looked an exciting prospect this spring, going round Sandown to the manner born in March (1m7f, good to soft); up further 10lb; could yet rate higher.

3/1

1st

1

7th Mar 2023

Good

1m 7f 99y

Class 3

14:25 Sandown

Douglas Talking

11st 4lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

jumped well, made all, went clear going easily after 3 out, canter, impressive

9/4

Form: 31224- D BF

Last run: 253 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Took well to chasing last season, winning twice (1m7f/2m), and possibly over the top when below par at Kelso (wore cheekpieces) in February; now back below his last winning mark and has to be respected on reappearance.

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4th

4

8th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 14y

Class 3

16:20 Kelso

Pay The Piper

11st 11lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Ann Hamilton

midfield, headway after 3 out, outpaced 2 out, no extra approaching last

5/1

2nd

1

13th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 19y

Class 3

14:05 Newcastle

Pay The Piper

12st 0lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Ann Hamilton

Course winner who is very well handicapped on form as recent as last spring but he failed to shine over fences in the autumn and it's been the same story over hurdles here the last twice; needs to get back on track.

8/1

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Exacta £425.00
Straight Forecast £416.00
Tricast £11481.00
Trifecta £2302.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

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POSTDATA:

If Not For Dylan

TOPSPEED:

Cedar Hill

SPOTLIGHT:

Mackenberg

Daily Mail:

Hasankey

The Star:

Douglas Talking

Daily Mirror:

Dubai Days

The Times:

If Not For Dylan

D Express:

Pay The Piper

The Sun:

Pay The Piper

The Guardian:

Cedar Hill

Telegraph:

Mackenberg

Daily Record:

Hasankey