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13:15 Ayr

Good To Soft

Scotty Brand Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £22780
  • 2m 0f 110y
  • Class 1
  • 10 runners
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Scotty Brand Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £9.10
  • Place: £2.40

Form: 2P1140 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in this race 12 months ago and better than ever this term, winning at Wetherby (soft) and Doncaster (good); has faced stiff tasks on his last two starts, well held in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham on latest; this is easier but he'll still need another career best to return to winning ways.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

3

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 78y

Class 2

14:35 Doncaster

Malystic

11st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Peter Niven

Three wins last season, including a competitive C&D race and a Premier Handicap at Ayr; slow to come to hand this term but got back in the groove with creditable third over C&D five weeks ago and is still on a workable mark after a 1lb nudge.

5/1

3rd

2

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 78y

Class 2

11:50 Doncaster

Malystic

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Peter Niven

Three wins last season, including this race and a Premier handicap at Ayr (2m, good); back on a good mark now but has not fired on any of three appearances this term and needs to get career back on track.

6/1

6/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: -92129 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

In front of Malystic in Grade 2 Game Spirit at Newbury (2m, good; second of four) and Grand Annual at Cheltenham on last two outings; below his best in the latter but a big field and soft ground may not have played to his strengths; this looks more suitable and he's high on the list.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5

27th Apr 2024

Good

1m 7f 99y

Class 1

15:00 Sandown

Elixir De Nutz

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

10yo who has been better than ever this season; soft ground was against him in the Champion Chase and prior to that he beat Jonbon by a neck to win the Grade 1 Clarence House Chase at Cheltenham (2m, good to soft); however, the runner-up was well below his best; others make greater appeal.

50/1

5

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Elixir De Nutz

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Often a front-runner; has won on soft but seems ideally suited by good/good to soft; rallied gamely to beat odds-on Jonbon in the rescheduled Clarence House here in January, making it three wins from his last four starts; however, looks far from sure to confirm placings with that otherwise superior rival who blew his chance with a dodgy round of jumping; in great form this term but needs better still to land a Champion Chase.

25/1

2

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 62y

Class 1

14:25 Cheltenham

Elixir De Nutz

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Very useful chaser who has done well in high-quality handicaps (good to soft) this term, winning at Exeter (Haldon Gold Cup) and Newbury then respectable third to Editeur Du Gite at Kempton (Desert Orchid Chase); now worse off with that rival and appears unlikely to reverse the placings but should give his running in current form.

12/1

9/1

  • Place: £2.80

Form: -73122 D BF

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Progressive since joining Henry Oliver, pulling clear with the winner at Southwell (2m, good to soft; evens favourite) five weeks ago; may have more in the tank, although he faces a higher calibre of rival here.

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No / Draw
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

7

8th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 14y

Class 3

16:20 Kelso

Coastguard Station

11st 2lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Henry Oliver

took keen hold, held up in rear, not fluent 7th, good headway after 3 out, led after 2 out, hung left approaching last, kept on but headed final strides

6/1

1st

2

12th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 59y

Class 4

16:20 Fakenham

Coastguard Station

11st 10lb

J: David Noonan

T: Henry Oliver

Ended 2023 on a low note but returned to form with creditable second in stronger race than this at Ascot (2m1f, good) last month, despite jumping left throughout; back on a left-handed track today and remains on a good mark; good chance.

13/8

2nd

6

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 0f 167y

Class 2

15:20 Ascot

Coastguard Station

10st 10lb

J: David Noonan

T: Henry Oliver

jumped left throughout, took keen hold, held up in rear, dropped to last before 3rd, headway after 3 out, kept on well run-in, went second towards finish

9/1

Form: 552641 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 3lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Gained the most notable of his nine successes in this event (2m, good to soft) 12 months ago; mostly disappointing since but he returned to form after wind surgery to score in clearcut style at Carlisle two weeks ago; still 1lb lower than for last year's win so has to be considered, although today's contest looks a fair bit stronger.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

1

29th May 2023

Good

2m 1f 61y

Class 3

16:05 Cartmel

Return Ticket

12st 0lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Rebecca Menzies

Back in prime form when winning easily at Carlisle (2m, good to soft) last month, and his subsequent fourth in a good race at Ayr (2m, good) was perfectly respectable; claims on that evidence but needs to prove he can handle this track (pulled up in this race last year on only previous visit).

6/1

4th

5

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 1

13:15 Ayr

Return Ticket

11st 3lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Rebecca Menzies

Gained the most notable of his nine successes in this event (2m, good to soft) 12 months ago; mostly disappointing since but he returned to form after wind surgery to score in clearcut style at Carlisle two weeks ago; still 1lb lower than for last year's win so has to be considered, although today's contest looks a fair bit stronger.

11/2

1st

2

8th Apr 2023

Soft

1m 7f 207y

Class 3

15:40 Carlisle

Return Ticket

11st 11lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Rebecca Menzies

soon went second, led 2 out, went clear approaching last, easily

16/1

13/2

Form: 267324 CD

Last run: 9 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

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.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

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

Form: 146354 D

Last run: 49 days

W: 10st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Successful twice at Kelso in the autumn but more miss than hit since, finishing behind Pay The Piper when fourth of five at Doncaster seven weeks ago; now back below last winning mark but needs to rediscover his spark.

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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

8

8th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 14y

Class 3

16:20 Kelso

Gold Des Bois

10st 12lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Iain Jardine

prominent, weakened from 2 out

8/1

2nd

6

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 1f 14y

Class 3

17:10 Kelso

Gold Des Bois

10st 13lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Iain Jardine

Below par on last three starts, including over C&D on middle outing; however, perhaps the heavy ground was too much and he has a good record here otherwise; significantly lower in weights than when twice finishing in the first three over C&D (soft/good to soft) in October; interesting candidate.

15/2

OUR TIP

Form: 65-112 D BF

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Improving 6yo who won at Kempton (2m2f, good to soft) and Newbury (2m, good) in November and notched another personal best when second of nine at Ascot last time after a winter break; he's fresher than most and his yard laid one out for this race in 2019; big chance in first-time tongue-tie.

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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8th

2

8th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 14y

Class 3

16:20 Kelso

Frere DArmes

11st 11lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

prominent, pressed leader 4 out, weakened quickly approaching last

5/1

4th

3

22nd Apr 2024

Good

2m 2f 0y

Class 3

18:00 Kempton

Frere DArmes

11st 11lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

midfield, headway 5th, outpaced after 2 out, kept on

4/1

3rd

2

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 0f 167y

Class 2

15:20 Ascot

Frere DArmes

11st 11lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

jumped slightly left throughout, raced in second

2/1

Form: 343125 D

Last run: 9 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Tough, consistent performer who gained a deserved success at Musselburgh (2m, good to soft) in February and was far from disgraced when fifth of 13 in the Red Rum at Aintree last week; however, that run did suggest the handicapper has his measure at present and others appeal more for the win.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

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

Form: 7P5112 CD

Last run: 42 days

W: 10st 2lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Admirable veteran with eight course wins to his name, two of them this season, but he was last of the finishers in this race 12 months ago and again faces an uphill task from 22lb out of the weights.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

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

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Non-runners

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Payout
Exacta £593.00
Straight Forecast £562.80
Tricast £4455.80
Trifecta £3550.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

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WEST COUNTRY:

Elixir De Nutz

Daily Mirror:

Elixir De Nutz

POSTDATA:

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The Star:

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