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17:00 Ayr

Good To Soft

Virgin Bet National Hunt Flat Race (Category 1 Elimination) (Conditionals/Amateurs) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £2450.7
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • Class 5
  • 9 runners
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Virgin Bet National Hunt Flat Race (Category 1 Elimination) (Conditionals/Amateurs) (GBB Race)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: NH Flat

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.50
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 21 CD

Last run: 49 days

W: 10st 11lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Close second to a subsequent winner in junior bumper here (soft) in November and made all to beat older horses by over 6l here (heavy) last month; now has a penalty to shoulder but ought to be right in the thick of things again.

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7th

3

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:55 Aintree

Esprit Du Potier

11st 7lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

2-2 over 2m4f, the latest success at Newcastle (heavy) where he hammered inferior rivals; now goes up against mostly superior opponents on form hitherto but may improve further at this distance.

20/1

1st

2

5th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

14:50 Newcastle

Esprit Du Potier

11st 12lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

travelled strongly, made all

8/11

0

5

27th Jan 2024

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 1

14:40 Doncaster

Esprit Du Potier

11st 0lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Won two of his four bumpers (heavy/good to soft); runner-up in a pair of 2m hurdles but improved for 2m4f when making all at Ayr (heavy) and he might well progress again for going this far; couldn't rule out.

8/1

8/1

  • Place: £4.30

Form: 4 BF

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

First foal from half-sister to useful bumper/jumps winner Falcon Island; unable to justify favouritism when well-held fourth on debut at Newcaslte (AW) four weeks ago but that was an odd tactical race in which the winner built up an unassailable lead in the early stages; hood left off here; one to watch in the betting.

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4th

8

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

13:20 Ayr

Slugger

10st 12lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Iain Jardine

Beat a respected rival in a novice earlier this season but now 0-3 in handicaps and hasn't genuinely threatened in any of them (in this headgear combination the last twice); down 5lb for those but has to raise his game.

33/1

4th

6

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 3

14:37 Newcastle

Slugger

10st 8lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Iain Jardine

held up in rear, pushed along briefly after 4th, outpaced before 3 out, lost ground and no chance before 2 out

8/1

4/1

  • Place: £1.50

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Third foal; dam French Listed-placed 2m2f hurdle winner, half-sister to a French hurdle winner; stable always respected in British bumpers (19% strike-rate); tongue-tie fitted.

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3rd

2

31st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 3

14:55 Leicester

Giacosa

11st 8lb

J: David Bass

T: Sophie Leech

Made the frame in two Ayr bumpers for previous yard; sent to France for both hurdles starts, winning at Machecoul (2m3f, very soft) then pulled up at Nantes; hood now added; market can guide returned to British soil.

8/1

4th

5

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

17:20 Ayr

Giacosa

11st 3lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: S R B Crawford

Showed some promise when third over C&D (good to soft; 4-1) in February and wouldn't have to improve much to be a serious contender today; Stuart Crawford and Brian Hughes combined to win this race in 2021.

8/1

3rd

3

27th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

17:00 Ayr

Giacosa

11st 2lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: S R B Crawford

chased leaders, pushed along and went third 3f out, soon ridden and no extra

4/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

£85,000 3yo; sixth foal; half-brother to three French jump winners, two of them useful; dam placed French 2m1f hurdle, half-sister to dam of smart hurdler Decor Irlandais; stable's excellent bumper strike-rate (25%) puts him on the shortlist.

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3rd

3

30th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

17:00 Taunton

I Am No Risk

11st 6lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Stable has a good strike-rate in bumpers; showed some promise at Ayr (2m, good to soft) one month ago, finishing fourth; open to improvement with the experience under his belt.

7/1

4th

4

27th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

17:00 Ayr

I Am No Risk

11st 2lb

J: Mr James King

T: Olly Murphy

chased leaders, no extra from 2f out

11/4

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

15,000euros 3yo; fifth foal; half-brother to winners Global Fame (bumper/hurdle), Rob The Getaway (bumper/chase) and a point winner; dam a point winner; stable does very well in bumpers (21% strike-rate).

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4th

6

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

16:10 Ayr

President Scottie

11st 4lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

Won 2m4f maiden here (2m4f, soft) in February on third hurdle start and suited by the step up in trip when following up on last month's handicap debut at Haydock (3m, soft; half the hurdles omitted); this unexposed 6yo could continue to improve and is one to consider up 5lb.

10/1

1st

4

20th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 4

17:00 Haydock

President Scottie

11st 11lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

Stayed on well for second at Ayr (2m4f, heavy) in January on second hurdle start and benefited from the leader's final-flight fall to win there (2m4f, soft) last month; this lightly raced 6yo has potential now up in trip on his handicap debut and could have a big say.

7/2

1st

12

13th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

15:20 Ayr

President Scottie

11st 9lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

Placed in two bumpers last spring and on both hurdling starts this season, more recently when second to a good prospect over C&D (heavy) six weeks ago; that form already puts him on the premises today, and he's open to improvement.

5/2

Form: 24

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Made promising debut when coming from the rear for second here (good to soft) in October and may not have handled the heavy ground when well-held fourth behind Esprit Du Potier here last month; enters calculations.

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11th

5

26th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 5

16:25 Perth

Lucky Soldier

11st 8lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: N W Alexander

Best form had been in bumpers but finished his latest maiden on the front foot at Kelso (2m5f, soft) and brings potential into handicaps, especially if brushing up on his jumping.

12/1

3rd

4

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 4

15:55 Kelso

Lucky Soldier

11st 4lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: N W Alexander

towards rear, mistake 4th, not fluent 4 out, still plenty to do when not fluent 2 out, awkward jump last, kept on well and went third towards finish, eyecatcher

16/1

5th

5

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

14:50 Newcastle

Lucky Soldier

11st 10lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

didn't always jump with fluency, in touch with leaders, jumped left and bumped rival 1st, soon midfield

16/1

Form: 5

Last run: 90 days

W: 10st 9lb

5 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

Not beaten far when fifth of seven over C&D (soft) in November but not seen again since and riding arrangements suggest Lucky Soldier is the stable's main hope here.

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2

25th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

13:50 Perth

Bluebell Glen

11st 4lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Second of five in bumper at Hexham (2m, heavy) last March but that form is modest and he's been tailed off/pulled up on her two hurdle starts; transformation required in first-time hood.

33/1

6

26th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

15:05 Newcastle

Bluebell Glen

11st 0lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Weak form when second in a Hexham bumper and went off 150-1 for hurdle debut at Carlisle, performing accordingly; others preferred.

66/1

6th

4

5th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 61y

Class 4

14:32 Carlisle

Bluebell Glen

11st 2lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

took keen hold, towards rear on inner

20/1

OUR TIP

Form: 14 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Comfortably justified favouritism in run-of-the-mill contest at Sedgefield (soft) on rules debut in December but had to settle for fourth at Carlisle (good to soft) this month and may again be vulnerable under his penalty here.

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13th

7

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

12:35 Wetherby

Judicial Review

11st 8lb

J: Charlotte Jones

T: James Moffatt

in touch with leaders, not fluent 2nd, lost ground before 5th

25/1

5th

6

28th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 4

12:15 Sedgefield

Judicial Review

11st 0lb

J: Charlotte Jones

T: James Moffatt

Won a soft-ground bumper here about 12 months ago and ran well to be fourth at Carlisle next time; dropped out very tamely when 12-1 for hurdling debut at Hexham and needed to show more.

16/1

7th

4

6th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

13:25 Hexham

Judicial Review

11st 0lb

J: Charlotte Jones

T: James Moffatt

Justified favouritism in a Sedgefield bumper (2m1f, soft) on his rules debut last December but he failed to go on from that in three subsequent runs; bit to prove on his return but he's a half-brother to a useful hurdler and needs checking in the market on his switch to this sphere.

14/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

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4

22nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 28y

Class 5

14:50 Hexham

Kingston Rock

11st 6lb

J: Edward Austin

T: Susan Corbett

Started off in handicaps with three very respectable runs, most recently when sixth of 12 at Ayr (2m4f, good to soft) a fortnight ago; another 2lb lower here and can handle the slower ground; might be the answer.

11/2

10

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 5

15:00 Ayr

Kingston Rock

10st 12lb

J: Edward Austin

T: Susan Corbett

Respectable fifth on handicap debut at Newcastle (2m6f, heavy) in January and also ran quite well when remote second to a big improver at Carlisle (2m1f, heavy) last month; considered each-way.

8/1

9

19th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

Class 5

15:30 Carlisle

Kingston Rock

10st 10lb

J: Edward Austin

T: Susan Corbett

Has run six times and he's yet to get competitive, but he was still just in front three out on his handicap debut at Newcastle (2m6f, heavy) three weeks ago before fading, and this drop back in trip could bear fruit.

4/1

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Payout
Exacta £346.00
Straight Forecast £440.40
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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Esprit Du Potier

Telegraph:

I Am No Risk

The Times:

Giacosa

The Guardian:

Judicial Review

Daily Mail:

I Am No Risk

The Sun:

I Am No Risk

RP Ratings:

Esprit Du Potier

POSTDATA:

Esprit Du Potier

D Express:

Esprit Du Potier

Daily Mirror:

Esprit Du Potier

The Star:

Esprit Du Potier

Daily Record:

Esprit Du Potier