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16:45 Ayr

Good To Soft

Thistle Cabs Group Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £8449.6
  • 3m 0f 70y
  • Class 3
  • 16 runners
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Thistle Cabs Group Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 16 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

14/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £2.10

Form: 5-632P

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Pulled up on handicap debut at Sandown (2m4f) last month but perhaps the heavy ground was too much; prior to that he was a good second at Exeter (2m2f, good) despite jumping to the left, and this return to a left-handed track could help; the step up in trip may also suit this 3m point winner.

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5th

5

7th May 2024

Good

3m 1f 44y

Class 4

20:00 Hereford

Off To A Flyer

11st 9lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Joe Tizzard

Ayr win over hurdles last spring came off an 8lb higher mark but he's proven wildly inconsistent under rules, again running below market expectations back from wind surgery six weeks ago; has it to prove now.

5/1

16/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: P87773

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Without a win since January 2021 but, having tumbled down the weights, he kept on for an encouraging third of six at Newcastle (2m4f, heavy) last month; judged on that evidence he could appreciate this step back up in trip and he's been versatile ground-wise in the past; not ruled out for in-form yard.

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2

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

17:10 Uttoxeter

Aramax

11st 11lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Ben Haslam

in rear

20/1

8th

2

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 2

14:05 Doncaster

Aramax

11st 9lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

towards rear, struggling from 4 out

12/1

OUR TIP

6/1

  • Place: £2.90

Form: -4211P BF

Last run: 55 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Improved form when winning two in a row over fences this winter (2m5f/2m4f, good to soft/soft); pulled up in a chase at Kempton last time and he needs to prove he's just as good over hurdles, but he's run well over staying trips in the past and could be a player if bouncing back to form.

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1

6th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

16:05 Kempton

Quick Draw

12st 2lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Can have his off-days but he's won two of his last three, latterly making all at Wincanton in February (3m1f, good to soft); 5lb rise seem him on a career-high mark but he's well suited by a flat, right-handed 3m.

15/8

1st

1

1st Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 3

15:45 Wincanton

Quick Draw

12st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Never headed and beat four rivals comfortably on his reappearance over 3m at Ludlow (good; 6lb lower); couldn't lead and failed to give his running next time at Cheltenham; might be more in his comfort zone here.

9/2

0

8

28th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Cheltenham

Quick Draw

11st 3lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Dual chase winner last winter (2m5f/2m4f) and made all to win easily by 21l on seasonal reappearance at Ludlow (3m, good) 17 days ago; it's tricky to gauge what that form is worth and he's 8lb higher here but at least we know he's in excellent nick.

13/2

Form: 125623 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Has enjoyed a good season over fences, with two wins, and he's on a handy mark on the pick of his chase form; fair fifth at Wetherby in February on sole hurdle start since March 2020 but he needs to prove he's just as talented in this discipline as he is over fences.

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6th

2

10th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 28y

Class 4

18:55 Sedgefield

Ladronne

11st 8lb

J: Mr Paddy Barlow

T: Tjade Collier

Reliable; five chase wins (2m4f-3m1f, and regularly placed); ridden out to score at Doncaster (3m, soft; from a 4lb lower mark) in March, and a respectable second at Market Rasen last time; entitled to respect despite the prospect of drying ground posing a slight risk.

9/2

Form: 239451

Last run: 15 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Having dropped down the weights he returned to form with a win at Wetherby (2m5f, good to soft) a fortnight ago; it remains to be seen if he'll back up that performance but a 5lb rise isn't harsh and he could go well.

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4th

11

25th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

14:25 Perth

City Derby

10st 10lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Lizzie Quinlan

in touch with leaders

12/1

Form: 1-3417

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Disappointing on handicap debut at Kempton (2m5f, good) in February but this very lightly raced 6yo is in top hands and is better than he showed last time, having won a good-ground bumper last February and a maiden hurdle at Catterick (2m3f, soft) in December; not written off.

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6th

4

21st Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

16:45 Ayr

Don Hollow

11st 10lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

took keen hold, led, joined 1st

7/1

7th

10

25th Feb 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

16:10 Kempton

Don Hollow

11st 2lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Won Wetherby bumper (sole run on good) last season; progressive form over hurdles this term, winning a 13-runner maiden at Catterick (2m3f, soft) last time despite some sketchy jumping late on; now tongue tied; looks a work in progress, likely to do fair bit better in due course and considered on this handicap debut.

3/1

1st

5

28th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 4

12:28 Catterick

Don Hollow

11st 4lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

Successful in Wetherby bumper last season; has performed well over hurdles at same venue (2m) and Ascot (1m7f) this term; latter effort can be marked up (hampered by final-flight faller); all of his form stacks up well and he shapes as if this new trip will suit; respected.

15/8

Form: -P45U4 D

Last run: 99 days

W: 11st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Has tumbled down the weights and it's possible this better ground will be a plus, but this 10yo is hard to fancy on this season's evidence.

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0

9

12th Sep 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

16:05 Worcester

Ratfacemcdougall

10st 9lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: D J Jeffreys

Prolific winner but seems in no form at the minute and was 40-1 when pulled up at Newton Abbot.

25/1

0

2

22nd Aug 2023

Good

3m 2f 105y

Class 5

17:00 Newton Abbot

Ratfacemcdougall

12st 0lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: D J Jeffreys

held up in rear, reminder 4th

20/1

4th

7

21st May 2023

Good

2m 6f 125y

Class 4

16:35 Stratford

Ratfacemcdougall

11st 1lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: D J Jeffreys

Seven-time winner over hurdles but has been out of form in that sphere for a while now and his record over fences in 2019 (four attempts) was not convincing; very well handicapped, but needs to turn a corner.

12/1

Form: 60052U

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Improved form when upped in trip and finishing second of 15 on handicap debut at Leopardstown (3m, yielding) last month, and he was going well when unseating three out at Cork (3m, yielding) 12 days ago; this unexposed Irish raider could have more to offer and he's on the shortlist.

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20

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 7f 68y

15:05 Punchestown

Atacanter

10st 0lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: Ross O’Sullivan

0-15 overall, placed in two of his five starts over fences, including second to He Fitz In at Limerick; in rear at Down Royal, losing all chance with a bad mistake 3lb out of the handicap.

20/1

11th

5

14th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 2f 50y

17:25 Down Royal

Atacanter

11st 7lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Ross O’Sullivan

Maiden was just denied over 3m at Limerick last time; raised 2lb but should have more to offer; this longer trip should be fine and go well.

4/1

Form: -214B4 D BF

Last run: 73 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Things haven't gone to plan over fences since his walkover chase debut win at Ascot; however, he reverts to hurdles off a mark 2lb lower than when a good second at Aintree (3m, good to soft) last November on his reappearance, and he's one to consider.

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1st

4

14th Apr 2024

Good

3m 1f 152y

Class 4

15:50 Plumpton

Milan Bridge

12st 0lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Sarah Humphrey

Had got himself well handicapped given his highs for Paul Nicholls and he returned to winning ways over C&D in December (good to soft), having rallied best after losing his position; subsequent absence is probably no big deal and a 5lb rise is fair.

6/1

1st

6

18th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 152y

Class 4

14:10 Plumpton

Milan Bridge

11st 4lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Sarah Humphrey

Useful staying hurdler for Paul Nicholls but not the same proposition over fences and soundly beaten in two runs for new yard.

14/1

7th

4

20th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

13:30 Leicester

Milan Bridge

11st 8lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Sarah Humphrey

A fairly useful hurdles/chase winner for Paul Nicholls; ended last season well out of sorts though and he came in a well-held fourth at Huntingdon on his yard debut after a wind op; others appeal more.

14/1

7/1

Form: 4342

Last run: 58 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

3m point winner who built upon his previous form when back up in trip and going close on handicap debut at Doncaster (3m, good) in February last time out; this lightly raced 6yo may be open to further improvement; a possible.

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4th

1

6th May 2024

Good

3m 1f 0y

Class 5

18:05 Warwick

Lepashe

12st 0lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Sam Allwood

towards rear

14/1

33/1

Form: 0P4258 CD

Last run: 42 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Two-time course winner who was runner-up over C&D in February; however, positive performances have been in the minority this season and she was well beaten here last time; 4lb out of the handicap today.

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11th

16

21st Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

16:45 Ayr

Jessiemac

10st 2lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Ian Duncan

raced in last

33/1

8th

4

10th Mar 2023

Good

3m 0f 70y

Class 5

13:30 Ayr

Jessiemac

11st 10lb

J: Alexander Thorne

T: Ian Duncan

Five-time hurdle winner (once over C&D); not quite as good as she once was but returned to form with good second over C&D (soft) last month and also ran well when fifth here (good to soft) 11 days ago; in the mix.

10/1

5th

3

27th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 5

16:25 Ayr

Jessiemac

11st 10lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Ian Duncan

Five-time hurdle winner (once over C&D); not quite as good as she once was but returned to form with good second over C&D (soft) this month and will also be suited by today's faster ground; major player.

7/2

Form: 451 D

Last run: 108 days

W: 10st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

3m point winner (good to yielding) who got off the mark at the third attempt over hurdles in a first-time hood (retained) at Musselburgh (3m, soft) in January; not obviously well treated off opening mark but it's possible this lightly raced 7yo will continue to improve.

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11

21st Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

16:45 Ayr

Community Rebel

10st 13lb

J: Edward Austin

T: James Ewart

towards rear

12/1

1st

2

3rd Jan 2023

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 4

12:45 Musselburgh

Community Rebel

11st 2lb

J: Edward Austin

T: James Ewart

Irish point winner; finished a place ahead of Ballyporeen at Kelso (2m6f, good to soft) on stable debut and might have been unfavoured by dropping back to 2m3f next time; has a stout pedigree and 3m should suit; interesting contender in first-time hood.

5/1

5th

3

29th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 3f 110y

Class 4

12:00 Ayr

Community Rebel

11st 0lb

J: Edward Austin

T: James Ewart

Irish point winner; creditable fourth at Kelso on hurdles/stable debut (2m6f, good to soft) but has a bit to find with runner-up Gaillimh A Stor on that form.

9/4

Form: 254

Last run: 36 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

3m point winner (soft) who went close behind Community Rebel on rules debut at Musselburgh (3m, soft) in January; two lesser performances have followed but he remains lightly raced and Brian Hughes is booked for this handicap debut; not discounted.

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4th

2

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 91y

Class 5

15:47 Newcastle

Shadows In The Sky

11st 13lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Chris Grant

Irish point winner who is 0-8 under rules; on a competitive mark; would be a player if in the same form as when third at Musselburgh in December (2m7f, good to soft) but needs to better his other three efforts this season; tongue-tie and cheekpieces go on.

6/1

5th

2

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 5

14:15 Musselburgh

Shadows In The Sky

11st 13lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Chris Grant

Lightly raced 8yo; stayed on strongly for third off this mark over C&D (2m7f, good to soft; acts on soft) in December on his second chase start; 3m6f may well have played some part (not all) when he pulled up at Catterick last time; that last run was offputting but he's considered.

5/1

Form: 22P-P6

Last run: 66 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

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8th

12

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 4

13:50 Kelso

Firth Of Forth

10st 9lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

He's well handicapped on hurdle form as recent as last May. when second over 2m6f here, but he failed to shine on his last two runs in that sphere and was down the field on his chase debut at Newcastle three weeks ago.

20/1

6th

6

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 91y

Class 4

13:05 Newcastle

Firth Of Forth

10st 8lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

held up in rear

12/1

3rd

4

29th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

14:45 Kelso

Firth Of Forth

11st 8lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

in touch with leaders, hung right and went third before 2 out, weakened before last

8/1

Form: 904400

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Tailed off in Ireland the last twice and has plenty to prove, but Stuart Crawford's horses are often worth a second look at Ayr and Danny Mullins is booked; no surprise to see a much better run today.

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4

1st May 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 150y

15:20 Down Royal

Kingfisher Lane

11st 12lb

J: Jack Foley

T: S R B Crawford

didn't jump with fluency, raced wide, midfield, slow jump and dropped to rear 3rd, detached from 4th, slow jump 7th, soon pulled up

25/1

14

21st Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

16:45 Ayr

Kingfisher Lane

10st 9lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: S R B Crawford

Tailed off in Ireland the last twice and has plenty to prove, but Stuart Crawford's horses are often worth a second look at Ayr and Danny Mullins is booked; no surprise to see a much better run today.

16/1

12th

9

2nd Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 160y

14:15 Downpatrick

Kingfisher Lane

11st 6lb

J: J J Slevin

T: S R B Crawford

midfield, jumped slightly left and not fluent 6th

10/1

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Payout
Exacta £310.00
Straight Forecast £316.10
Tricast £2275.90
Trifecta £2547.00

Selections

Daily Mirror:

Lepashe

RP Ratings:

Aramax

SPOTLIGHT:

Atacanter

WEST COUNTRY:

Off To A Flyer

Daily Mail:

Don Hollow

LAMBOURN:

Quick Draw

The Guardian:

Ladronne

TOPSPEED:

Ratfacemcdougall

D Express:

Atacanter

The Sun:

Lepashe

The Star:

Lepashe

Daily Record:

Lepashe

POSTDATA:

Aramax

The Times:

Aramax

Telegraph:

Aramax