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14:40 Ayr

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Virgin Bet Handicap Chase (Go North Monet’s Garden Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £3267.6
  • 2m 4f 110y
  • Class 5
  • 12 runners
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Virgin Bet Handicap Chase (Go North Monet’s Garden Series Qualifier)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

66/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.40
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 676-07

Last run: 36 days

W: 10st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Struggled when 100-1 for handicap hurdle debut in September and again when 50-1 for last month's chasing debut over C&D; can't be recommended.

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6th

5

13th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

14:45 Ayr

Lisloran

11st 4lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Russell Ross

Three-time chase winner last season (twice over C&D); ran quite well over hurdles on reappearance outing in November but well beaten in that sphere since and needs help from the first-time cheekpieces and/or tongue-tie.

9/1

7th

5

17th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 61y

Class 5

13:00 Carlisle

Lisloran

11st 6lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Russell Ross

raced in last

13/2

3rd

2

22nd Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 48y

Class 5

15:05 Hexham

Lisloran

11st 10lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Russell Ross

Triple chase winner at around 2m4f; 0-4 over hurdles; on a winning chase mark, if able to reproduce that form in this sphere, on his reappearance.

7/2

14/1

  • Place: £5.10

Form: 524356 C

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 1lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Six-time chase winner here (2m-2m5f; all soft or heavy); not one to rely upon nowadays and dropped out tamely after making the running over hurdles here three weeks ago but can't be ruled out off current chase mark.

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9

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 207y

Class 2

14:47 Carlisle

Ardera Cross

10st 2lb

J: Derek Fox

T: William Young Jnr

raced in last, reminders after 5th, struggling from 6th, tailed off 8th

25/1

5th

10

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

15:30 Ayr

Ardera Cross

10st 10lb

J: Derek Fox

T: William Young Jnr

Nine-time course winner, most recently when causing 14-1 surprise over 2m in early January; unreliable nowadays but he's effective over today's trip and his current mark is probably workable; impossible to rule out.

14/1

4th

6

26th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

14:05 Ayr

Ardera Cross

11st 2lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: William Young Jnr

13yo who has nine Ayr wins on his CV, including this race last year and a similar event (beat Fia Fuinidh) on penultimate start; however, ran poorly behind Fia Fuinidh and Travail D'Orfevre here latest.

12/1

7/2

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 9956-2

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Became rather disappointing over hurdles last season but stayed on well from poor position to take second (ahead of Spark Of Madness) on last month's chasing debut at Kelso (2m1f, good to soft) and is sure to be suited by today's move back up in trip; still on a good mark; must be considered.

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1st

14

31st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

14:53 Uttoxeter

Bak Rocky

11st 3lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Maiden who has been placed in handicaps at Kelso (2m1f) and Ayr (2m4f) since switched to chasing; form looks sound (the winners of those races have followed up since); holds sold claims off unchanged mark.

7/1

3rd

3

29th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 5

14:40 Ayr

Bak Rocky

11st 9lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Sandy Thomson

Became rather disappointing over hurdles last season but stayed on well from poor position to take second (ahead of Spark Of Madness) on last month's chasing debut at Kelso (2m1f, good to soft) and is sure to be suited by today's move back up in trip; still on a good mark; must be considered.

7/2

2nd

6

22nd Oct 2022

Good

2m 1f 14y

Class 5

16:35 Kelso

Bak Rocky

11st 7lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

midfield, jumped badly right 1st, niggled along briefly after 4th, outpaced and pushed along in rear 4 out, keeping on but still plenty to do 2 out, ridden before last, kept on well and went third run-in, went second towards finish, no match for winner

16/1

Form: 5-1441 C

Last run: 19 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

2-4 over fences, the latter win gained in four-runner race at Newcastle (2m4f, good) this month; only 2lb higher and ought to cope with the slower ground; likely contender.

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5th

4

2nd Aug 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 5

15:20 Perth

Spark Of Madness

11st 12lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Two fair efforts since being stepped up to 3m on last two starts, last time finishing nearly 8l fourth over C&D to stable companion Castletown (6lb worse off); each-way chance.

5/1

4th

2

6th Jul 2023

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 5

16:18 Perth

Spark Of Madness

11st 13lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Lucinda Russell

Chase wins over 2m here and 2m4f at Newcastle; this longer trip wasn't an issue when runner-up at Hexham (good) a month ago and he may have more to offer as a stayer.

4/1

2nd

3

3rd Jun 2023

Good

3m 0f 41y

Class 4

15:30 Hexham

Spark Of Madness

11st 8lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

Collected two small-field chase wins last season, the latter off today's mark at Newcastle (2m4f, good) in November; comes here after respectable fourth at Perth (2m4f, good) last month; a possible if suited by today's step up in trip.

7/1

Form: 2P-812 D

Last run: 178 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Drew clear to open chasing account at Hexham (2m4f, good to soft) in May and ran at least as well when second over that C&D (good) the following month; has fitness to prove after six-month break but remains unexposed over fences and today's slower ground should not be a problem.

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1st

10

10th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 89y

Class 5

14:40 Market Rasen

The Electrician

10st 2lb

J: Aaron Anderson

T: Mike Sowersby

Dual chase winner but last season didn't really go anywhere, latterly in first-time blinkers; out of the weights.

20/1

4th

8

18th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

13:55 Southwell

The Electrician

10st 6lb

J: Aaron Anderson

T: Mike Sowersby

led narrowly or disputed lead, pecked on landing 11th, headed on turn before 2 out, soon outpaced, weakening when not fluent last

10/1

6th

5

1st Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 5

15:05 Catterick

The Electrician

10st 12lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Mike Sowersby

prominent, in touch with leaders halfway, dropped to last 12th, soon outpaced and struggling

8/1

Form: 3252-3 D

Last run: 210 days

W: 11st 11lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Yet to win in Britain but ran well in two chases here (2m5f/2m4f) in cheekpieces in the spring; had another wind op (his third) during seven-month break; versatile regarding ground and will appreciate today's ease in grade; major player if fully tuned up.

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4th

4

27th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 4

14:30 Perth

Caboy

11st 1lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Off the mark in Britain when arriving late at Wetherby last month (2m5f, good); his Newcastle second (2m4f, heavy) off this 3lb higher mark was no backward step and this belated return to further shouldn't be too big an issue.

9/4

2nd

1

29th Mar 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 19y

Class 5

14:25 Newcastle

Caboy

12st 0lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Quite consistent and off the mark in Britain at the 18th attempt when swooping late at Wetherby this month; 3lb rise neither here nor there and expert at completing but overall record suggests he may prove vulnerable.

6/4

1st

5

6th Mar 2023

Good

2m 5f 75y

Class 5

14:05 Wetherby

Caboy

11st 3lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

10l runner-up at Kelso (2m5f, heavy) in January and occupied the same position at Musselburgh (2m4f, soft) a fortnight ago; also effective on good ground; however, it looked to be a weak race last time and this 11yo is now 0-17 since arriving from France; may again find some others to be too good.

11/2

Form: 4P0-25 C

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Rallied well to take second on last month's seasonal debut at Hexham (2m3f, soft) but ought to have been suited by the return to 3m when below form there since and has become a hard horse to predict.

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4

16th Mar 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 41y

Class 5

14:30 Hexham

Asking For Answers

11st 3lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Martin Todhunter

in touch with leaders

8/1

7th

7

29th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 5

14:40 Ayr

Asking For Answers

10st 11lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Martin Todhunter

Rallied well to take second on last month's seasonal debut at Hexham (2m3f, soft) but ought to have been suited by the return to 3m when below form there since and has become a hard horse to predict.

16/1

5th

9

4th Nov 2022

Soft

3m 0f 41y

Class 5

12:48 Hexham

Asking For Answers

11st 1lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Martin Todhunter

Scoped dirty on first run back (Gipsy Lee Rose winner) from wind surgery; stuck on after making a mistake at the final fence on return to action here (2m4f; second) last month; 2lb higher, although that is still 10lb lower than when runner-up in this race 12 months ago; realistic chance.

13/2

Form: 6/033-

Last run: 278 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

0-8 over hurdles when with Philip Kirby but placed twice on soft ground at start of this year (2m7f/3m3f) and it will be interesting to see what Laura Morgan can do with him over fences; cheekpieces refitted.

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8th

9

29th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 5

14:40 Ayr

Diakosaint

10st 2lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: L J Morgan

0-8 over hurdles when with Philip Kirby but placed twice on soft ground at start of this year (2m7f/3m3f) and it will be interesting to see what Laura Morgan can do with him over fences; cheekpieces refitted.

7/1

3rd

9

24th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 3f 9y

Class 5

16:05 Sedgefield

Diakosaint

10st 8lb

J: Thomas Dowson

T: Philip Kirby

Wore first-time cheekpieces and didn't go unbacked when an improved third at Bangor (2m7f, soft) last month; no headgear this time but connections reach for a tongue strap; unlikely we have seen the best of him and worth noting for market support.

5/1

3rd

5

13th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 7f 7y

Class 5

15:00 Bangor-on-Dee

Diakosaint

10st 1lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Philip Kirby

Won Irish point in 2020; unplaced all six hurdle starts, most recently when last of ten in Perth handicap (3m, good to soft) on seasonal debut in September, and needs considerable improvement but sports first-time cheekpieces here and market support will need to be taken very seriously.

10/1

33/1

Form: 76F-67

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 69

Form & Verdict

Well beaten in two chases this autumn and now 0-8 overall; ran well to a point in first-time cheekpieces at Hexham (3m, soft) this month and may benefit from today's drop back in trip but others have much more obvious claims; tried in blinkers this time; 9lb out of the weights.

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10th

13

8th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 4f 198y

Class 5

14:30 Carlisle

Bannside

10st 2lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Ian Duncan

Maiden who has finished tailed off in his four completed runs over fences and he can only be watched; 5lb out of the weights.

66/1

10th

13

1st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 5

14:10 Musselburgh

Bannside

10st 2lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Ian Duncan

Only modest effort over fences this season and no easy task from 5lb out of the handicap.

66/1

9th

11

29th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 5

14:40 Ayr

Bannside

10st 2lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Ian Duncan

Well beaten in two chases this autumn and now 0-8 overall; ran well to a point in first-time cheekpieces at Hexham (3m, soft) this month and may benefit from today's drop back in trip but others have much more obvious claims; tried in blinkers this time; 9lb out of the weights.

33/1

Form: /0-P5P

Last run: 38 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 66

Form & Verdict

Yet to show any worthwhile form and makes no appeal from 12lb out of the handicap; sports first-time cheekpieces.

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11

24th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 207y

Class 5

16:55 Perth

Diamond Road

10st 2lb

J: Miss Ella Herbison

T: Jean McGregor

Modest hurdler/chaser who is 11lb out of the handicap and would be a surprise winner.

50/1

6

30th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 198y

Class 5

16:50 Carlisle

Diamond Road

10st 2lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Jean McGregor

Struggled off lowly mark in Newcastle handicap chase on latest outing in November and is now 0-17 under all codes; 5lb out of the weights here; tongue-tie refitted; can't be recommended.

50/1

0

9

23rd Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 7f 91y

Class 5

13:50 Newcastle

Diamond Road

10st 2lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Jean McGregor

12-race maiden; not seen since keeping on for remote third over C&D (heavy) in March and makes very limited appeal from 4lb out of the weights.

33/1

Form: 607876 D

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 69

Form & Verdict

Four-time hurdle winner but 0-5 over fences; out of form at both disciplines since returning from a break in September and 9lb out of the weights.

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11th

10

29th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 5

14:40 Ayr

Old Jewry

10st 2lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Daragh Bourke

Four-time hurdle winner but 0-5 over fences; out of form at both disciplines since returning from a break in September and 9lb out of the weights.

33/1

6th

11

17th Nov 2022

Good

2m 7f 91y

Class 5

13:38 Newcastle

Old Jewry

10st 2lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Daragh Bourke

took keen hold, held up in rear, pushed along after 5 out

25/1

7th

10

22nd Oct 2022

Good

2m 1f 14y

Class 5

16:35 Kelso

Old Jewry

10st 2lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Daragh Bourke

slowly into stride, in rear, outpaced when not fluent 9th, pushed along on inner after 3 out, ridden and weakened quickly after 2 out, tired jump last

25/1

OUR TIP

Form: 77-P25 BF

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Unexposed 6yo who found one too strong but was clear of the others when heavily backed over C&D (good to soft) last month; reportedly finished lame when well beaten at Market Rasen 19 days ago (warm favourite again) but remains very much of interest.

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6

10th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 28y

Class 4

18:55 Sedgefield

Gandhi Maker

11st 5lb

J: Thomas Dowson

T: Philip Kirby

With Stuart Coltherd when making all over 2m3f here (soft) in January; switched back to previous stable thereafter and posted a similar effort in defeat at Hexham (2m, heavy) 18 days ago; remains on a career-high mark and needs something extra; however, track/ground are fine and not ruled out.

9/2

2nd

2

22nd Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 133y

Class 4

14:30 Hexham

Gandhi Maker

12st 1lb

J: Thomas Dowson

T: Philip Kirby

Made all in six-runner event at Sedgefield (2m3f, soft) on final run for Stuart Coltherd; possibly vulnerable off new mark in this bigger field; has rejoined Phil Kirby.

5/1

1st

2

26th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 65y

Class 4

14:10 Sedgefield

Gandhi Maker

11st 7lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Completed a double (2m/2m1f, soft/good) when winning here last February and has run well in defeat the last twice (2m, good/heavy); the step back up in distance poses a question but the trip may be within range and he can be in the mix if seeing it out.

4/1

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Payout
Exacta £1039.00
Straight Forecast £713.70
Tricast £1646.10
Trifecta £3445.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

The Electrician

RP Ratings:

Bak Rocky

SPOTLIGHT:

Gandhi Maker

POSTDATA:

Spark Of Madness

Telegraph:

Gandhi Maker

The Star:

Bak Rocky

Daily Record:

Bak Rocky

The Times:

The Electrician

The Guardian:

The Electrician

Daily Mail:

The Electrician

Daily Mirror:

The Electrician

The Sun:

The Electrician

D Express:

Spark Of Madness