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13:50 Ayr

Good To Soft

Largs Ladies LWOB Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £8449.6
  • 3m 0f 70y
  • Class 3
  • 10 runners
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Largs Ladies LWOB Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

9/1 (Won)

  • Win: £8.20
  • Place: £2.60

Form: 1-112F

Last run: 58 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Bumper winner (2m1f, good) who won easily on first two hurdle starts (2m3f/2m6f, soft/good to soft); hung badly left and was 1l behind when falling at final flight at Doncaster (2m3f, good) in February, but that was still a good run and this unexposed 6yo is not ruled out on handicap debut.

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3

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 3

15:20 Kelso

Imperial Merlin

11st 10lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: John & Sean Quinn

A three-time hurdles scorer last term, latest over 3m; sent chasing this term and running very well in second when falling two out in 2m7f handicap chase here 23 days ago; reverts to this sphere on a lenient-looking mark so he's interesting; Brian Hughes is back in the saddle too.

9/2

3

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 3

16:00 Kelso

Imperial Merlin

10st 5lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: John & Sean Quinn

raced in second, not fluent 12th, going okay when fell 2 out

9/2

11/2

  • Place: £2.90

Form: -83471 C

Last run: 66 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Built upon his previous promise when winning a 2m4f maiden here (good to soft) in February; that form has been boosted and he has potential off his handicap debut mark, while he wasn't stopping at the line so this longer trip may well be within range.

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5th

7

29th May 2023

Good

3m 1f 83y

Class 2

14:55 Cartmel

Langdale Lane

10st 11lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: S R B Crawford

didn't jump with fluency, midfield, slow jump 2nd

5/1

17

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

12:35 Haydock

Langdale Lane

10st 4lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: S R B Crawford

Won run-of-the-mill Ayr maiden (2m4f, good to soft) in February, his fourth start over hurdles, and probably bettered that performance when second in 3m handicap there (good to soft) three weeks ago; moves up in grade today but may still have more to offer.

20/1

2nd

8

21st Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

13:50 Ayr

Langdale Lane

11st 5lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: S R B Crawford

Built upon his previous promise when winning a 2m4f maiden here (good to soft) in February; that form has been boosted and he has potential off his handicap debut mark, while he wasn't stopping at the line so this longer trip may well be within range.

11/2

OUR TIP

7/2

  • Place: £1.30

Form: -22127

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Goes up in trip and could do with settling better than when soundly beaten at Sandown (2m4f) last month; however, the heavy ground may have been too much and he was progressive there previously, with a win and a near-miss (both 2m4f on good to soft); his dam won at up to 3m and he could get back on track with a big performance for his top trainer.

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3rd

6

21st Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

13:50 Ayr

Twin Power

11st 8lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Paul Nicholls

Goes up in trip and could do with settling better than when soundly beaten at Sandown (2m4f) last month; however, the heavy ground may have been too much and he was progressive there previously, with a win and a near-miss (both 2m4f on good to soft); his dam won at up to 3m and he could get back on track with a big performance for his top trainer.

7/2

7th

12

11th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 1

13:50 Sandown

Twin Power

11st 0lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Paul Nicholls

Improved form in novice handicaps over C&D (good to soft) last month, beating Twinjets then head second to Inneston; evidently well suited by this track and trip; one of three solid-looking contenders for Paul Nicholls and should go well again.

14/1

2nd

8

16th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 4

16:45 Sandown

Twin Power

11st 6lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Paul Nicholls

Opened his account in similar event over C&D (good to soft; handicap debut) 12 days ago, reversing placings with a rival who had beaten him the time before; should improve further; solid claims.

5/1

Form: 4/61

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

3m point winner (soft) who, having had wind surgery, was a comfortable winner at Ffos Las (2m4f, good) last month on his second stable start; that wasn't a great race and this is a much tougher assignment, but he's bred to stay and his limitations may lie at a higher level than his opening mark.

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4

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 2

13:50 Ayr

Young Buster

11st 2lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

Hit the ground running over fences with a hat-trick in handicaps (2m4f-2m7f) and this prominent racer was clear when clouting three out at Doncaster in January (3m, good; fine on softer; first run in cheekpieces); there was sufficient promise in that run to suggest he remains on a workable mark; respected.

14/1

3rd

2

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 3

15:50 Doncaster

Young Buster

11st 2lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Kept on stoutly to score at Kelso (2m6f, heavy) last month and is now 3-3 over fences; also suited by good ground and could have more improvement to come if aided by the addition of cheekpieces; major player.

9/2

Form: 7-12P3

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 13lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Kept on well to win at Wetherby (2m3f, good to soft) on reappearance and back to form with fair third of 14 at Ascot (2m5f, good to soft) recently; needs to prove his stamina today but top yard has excellent 10-33 record here in last five seasons (30%); could be a player in first-time cheekpieces.

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8th

3

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

16:30 Ayr

Rocky Man

11st 9lb

J: Mr Sean O’Connor

T: Dan Skelton

With a leading trainer and he's dropped to a dangerous mark; could get back on track at some stage and a market check is advised, but he's struggled on his three outings this season.

12/1

2

12th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 66y

Class 4

14:00 Catterick

Rocky Man

11st 12lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

raced wide, took keen hold, held up in rear, headway 6th, outpaced and dropped to rear after 3 out, pulled up after 2 out

11/4

3rd

2

21st Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 110y

Class 3

14:20 Lingfield

Rocky Man

11st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

led, not fluent 3rd, headed before 2 out, not fluent 2 out, weakened approaching last

6/1

Form: 221177 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Front-runner who kicked off 2023 with two wins at Musselburgh (3m, soft/good) and he returned to form with a creditable seventh of 23 in the Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival (3m, soft) last month; drops back down in grade off the same mark and can make another bold bid.

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6th

5

8th May 2024

Good

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

13:40 Kelso

Brandy McQueen

11st 10lb

J: Edward Austin

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

Four-time hurdle winner who won by 19l over fences here (2m7f, good to soft) in October; well treated on that form but he's lost his way in last four starts and was well held back over hurdles last time; has something to prove and he needs to turn things around; cheekpieces removed.

25/1

7th

8

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

Brandy McQueen

11st 8lb

J: Edward Austin

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

raced wide early, led soon after start

25/1

4th

5

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 3

16:00 Kelso

Brandy McQueen

10st 11lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

soon led, headed just before 2 out, soon weakened

12/1

Form: -23416

Last run: 64 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Good-ground bumper runner-up who got off the mark over hurdles at the third attempt at Ludlow (2m5f, soft) in January; soundly beaten sixth on handicap debut at Sandown (2m4f, good to soft) in February but he's better than that and could appreciate today's step up in trip; not written off.

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23

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Egbert

10st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Alan King

Won a maiden hurdle on sole start on soft; ran poorly on second outing this term but the other three yielded two wins and a good second; first-time visor for 4l win at Doncaster (good) in January and first-time blinkers when front-running second at Kempton (good to soft) five weeks ago; both were 3m and, although 2lb out of the handicap here, the move up in trip is interesting.

40/1

2nd

3

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:55 Kempton

Egbert

11st 12lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Won his only course start, over 2m4f; had good and ordinary days over hurdles and fences since early 2023 but found plenty for a first-time visor when winning at Doncaster (3m, good; has won on soft) in January; career-high mark now but it shouldn't be beyond him; respected in first-time blinkers.

9/4

Form: 392122 BF

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Things have clicked since these cheekpieces went on, and February's win at Catterick (2m3f, good) has been followed by good seconds at Doncaster (2m3f, good) and Kelso (2m5f, good to soft); there's stamina in his pedigree and this progressive 6yo could have a part to play now up in trip.

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3rd

4

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:50 Ayr

Prairie Wolf

11st 9lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Smith

Has made it 3-5 over fences with wins at Catterick (2m3f, soft) and Haydock (2m4f, soft) the last twice; he's up in the weights and in grade today and could do with jumping with greater fluency, but he's clearly progressing nicely and could have even more left in the tank.

5/1

1st

2

20th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 203y

Class 3

14:45 Haydock

Prairie Wolf

11st 10lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Smith

Two wins (2m4f/2m3f, good to soft/soft) from last three starts, with good fourth in hot novice handicap at Cheltenham in between; did it comfortably at Catterick latest despite final-fence blunder; unexposed over fences and could have more to offer in this sphere; key player up 7lb for last time.

Evs

1st

1

27th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 51y

Class 3

14:50 Catterick

Prairie Wolf

11st 10lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Smith

Delivered on earlier chasing promise when eased-down winner at Doncaster in December and his subsequent fourth in a hot race at Cheltenham (also 2m4f, good to soft) was very respectable; back in calmer waters today; good chance.

11/10

Form: 1323

Last run: 63 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Won his sole bumper (2m1f, soft) and has finished in the first three on his three hurdle starts, most recently third when upped in trip on handicap debut at Kelso (2m6f, good); he's very lightly raced and further improvement is possible, but necessary in what looks a warm race.

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4th

11

8th May 2024

Good

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

13:40 Kelso

Swallows Song

10st 11lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Iain Jardine

Bumper winner who is 0-8 over jumps and has been held in chase handicaps in his last three runs; wasn't beaten far here (2m7f, soft) last time but this is a much deeper race and he needs to find more back over hurdles.

10/1

3rd

5

29th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 4

13:00 Kelso

Swallows Song

11st 0lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Iain Jardine

Won sole bumper start and showed ability over hurdles; below that form on both starts over fences but entitled to need chase debut after five months off and tough task last time; more needed, though.

8/1

5th

6

26th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

15:55 Carlisle

Swallows Song

11st 2lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Iain Jardine

Lightly raced bumper winner who has run some encouraging races in defeat over hurdles, but he has plenty to find with the pick of today's rivals and was well beaten on his recent chase debut at Kelso (novicey jumping).

50/1

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Non-runners

Atlanta Brave, Egbert

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £816.00
Straight Forecast £771.90
Tricast £3038.60
Trifecta £3700.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Young Buster

Daily Mail:

Atlanta Brave

WEST COUNTRY:

Twin Power

The Guardian:

Rocky Man

RP Ratings:

Swallows Song

The Times:

Imperial Merlin

TOPSPEED:

Brandy McQueen

D Express:

Atlanta Brave

Telegraph:

Twin Power

The Sun:

Rocky Man

POSTDATA:

Young Buster

Daily Mirror:

Young Buster

The Star:

Young Buster

Daily Record:

Young Buster