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14:25 Ayr

Good To Soft

Coral Scottish Champion Hurdle (A Limited Handicap) (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £42712.5
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • Class 1
  • 12 runners
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Coral Scottish Champion Hurdle (A Limited Handicap) (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

11/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.50
  • Place: £1.90

Form: -11201 D

Last run: 56 days

W: 10st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Has looked good in making all the running for his three wins over hurdles, latest in the Grade 2 Dovecote at Kempton with a hood fitted; could easily go well again but an easy lead would appear unlikely and any rain would count against him.

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6th

1

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Ayr

Rubaud

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Bids for back-to-back successes in this race, having made all on good ground 12 months ago; more progress this season, winning Kempton Listed race (good) and Wincanton Grade 2 (good to soft) in the autumn, but he ran poorly on heavy when last seen two months ago and might need the ground to dry out if he's to follow up from a 13lb higher mark than last year.

8/1

5th

2

17th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 1

14:05 Wincanton

Rubaud

11st 10lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Paul Nicholls

led, headed before 2 out, soon outpaced

11/4

4th

1

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

15:00 Cheltenham

Rubaud

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Acts on good to soft ground but is particularly well suited by faster, being 5-7 on good going over hurdles; creditable second, though no match for Constitution Hill, in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton most recently; this front-runner has been largely progressive and remains of interest.

5/1

4/1

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 37-422 D

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

Third behind State Man and First Street in last season's County Hurdle when 6lb lower; below best over fences to begin with this term but got back on track with a second at Kelso (2m, good to soft; 3lb lower) despite suffering an overreach; Irish raider who looks sure to make his presence felt.

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3rd

1

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 45y

18:00 Punchestown

Colonel Mustard

11st 12lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Mrs Lorna Fowler

in touch with leaders, raced in last when niggled along briefly after 4 out

33/1

1

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Colonel Mustard

11st 10lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Mrs Lorna Fowler

Has performed creditably in races won by State Man and Nemean Lion on last two attempts over hurdles; however, looks highly unlikely to turn the tables, being a well exposed 9yo who still has a modest strike-rate (only 1-13 in this sphere); faces a harder task back at Grade 1 level and needs help from the first-time blinkers.

50/1

2nd

4

17th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 1

14:05 Wincanton

Colonel Mustard

11st 4lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Mrs Lorna Fowler

held up in last, headway after 5th, went second but not fluent 2 out, switched right run-in, kept on final 110yds

5/2

7/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 960429 CD

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Second to Milkwood in this two years ago and went one better last season, prevailing by a length; finds herself 12lb higher this time but she was up with the pace throughout before finishing ninth in the County and it was understandable that she weakened late on; soft ground at Cheltenham would also have tested her.

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18th

5

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:35 Punchestown

Anna Bunina

11st 6lb

J: Mr A Harvey

T: John C McConnell

midfield, weakened after 4 out

12/1

7th

9

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Anna Bunina

11st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: John C McConnell

10-48 overall (5-32 over hurdles) with biggest win in the Scottish Champion Hurdle in April 2022; ran well in defeat last February-April and gave easily her most encouraging performance since when having her first go over this sort of trip, running on well to take fourth in the Musselburgh qualifier (soft) last month; needs to build on that but worth a second look; first-time hood.

33/1

Form: 1-2152 D

Last run: 77 days

W: 10st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Mostly progressive last year with three wins (1m7f/2m, good/good to soft) and maintained the momentum with a near miss at Musselburgh (1m7f, good to soft); there's no knocking his profile but this represents his toughest test yet from 4lb out of the weights.

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5th

3

8th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 14y

Class 3

16:20 Kelso

Parisencore

11st 11lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

took keen hold, led, headed after 2 out, weakened approaching last

6/1

7th

4

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 2

14:50 Musselburgh

Parisencore

11st 2lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

Returns to hurdling after two narrow defeats in handicap chases; has won three in this discipline and he's on a competitive mark, albeit 3lb higher than when second to Collingham in this 12 months ago.

9/1

Form: 122-2 D

Last run: 84 days

W: 10st 6lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Useful Flat performer who has done well since switched to hurdling and excelled herself in chasing home the high-class Epatante in Grade 2 at Doncaster (2m, good) in January; well handicapped if taking that at face value (even from 3lb out of the weights) and all ground seems to come alike to her; fresh and respected.

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12th

14

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Ayr

Salsada

10st 6lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Brian Ellison

Fifth to Rubaud in this race (good) last year; below par this season but she might have needed her first two runs and then got going too late to land a blow when third of nine at Haydock (1m7f, soft) three weeks ago; has to run from 8lb out of the weights but Dylan Johnston claims a handy 5lb; returning to Ayr may suit and she's not ruled out by any means.

14/1

Form: -F244P CD

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

On fire in 2021, following his third in the County with victory in this and then finishing second in the Galway Hurdle; dangerously treated on all that and forget his Cheltenham flop last month as soft ground was the last thing he needed (hood tried there also dispensed with); could be a player if there's not too much rain.

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0

2

27th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 3

17:05 Cheltenham

Milkwood

11st 10lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

2021 was his year, following his third in the County with victory in the Scottish Champion Hurdle and then finishing second in the Galway Hurdle; dangerously treated on all that but last season fizzled out and he wants good ground ideally.

14/1

6th

6

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Ayr

Milkwood

11st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

On fire in 2021, following his third in the County with victory in this and then finishing second in the Galway Hurdle; dangerously treated on all that and forget his Cheltenham flop last month as soft ground was the last thing he needed (hood tried there also dispensed with); could be a player if there's not too much rain.

14/1

13

17th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Milkwood

11st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

Fine third in this race in 2021 (good to soft) before winning the Scottish Champion Hurdle (2m, good) and finishing second in the Galway Hurdle (2m, good); on those runs he's on a handy mark and he's better than he's shown on his last two starts; his each-way claims are likely to hinge on the ground, as a soft surface would be a probable negative; wears a first-time hood.

33/1

OUR TIP

Form: 435-P5 D

Last run: 112 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

The winner of two valuable handicaps, including the 2021 Betfair at Newbury; this campaign has yet to get off the ground, let down by jumping on chasing debut before struggling back over hurdles at Newbury (2m4f); handicapper hasn't been too sympathetic but he'd be dangerous if returning to anything like his best.

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16th

6

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Ascot

Soaring Glory

11st 0lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Successful in two notable handicaps in 2021, one of them here, and looks well treated on that smart form; however, he's on an 11-race losing sequence and had no obvious excuses when only fifth of the seven finishers at Kempton just after Christmas.

16/1

5th

2

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

12:45 Kempton

Soaring Glory

11st 9lb

T: Jonjo O’Neill

took keen hold, in touch with leaders

14/1

Form: 5-1330 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

8lb higher than when second to the thrown-in State Man in last year's County Hurdle (Colonel Mustard third); this season started well but his remote third in the Grade 2 Kingwell was underwhelming and so too his midfield finish when having another crack at the County (following wind surgery and tongue-tied); now on a recovery mission but too classy to discount.

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4th

4

11th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

20:05 Warwick

First Street

11st 2lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Smart hurdler with 4-16 strike-rate; can be excused last month's down-the-field finish in Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr (made bad jumping error in early stages) but was well beaten at very short odds in a match race on chasing debut in November and returns to fences with a point to prove.

7/2

14th

2

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Ayr

First Street

11st 7lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Smart 2m hurdler at his best but hasn't quite hit peak form this season, respectable 10l third of five to Lossiemouth in Grade 2 at Cheltenham three months ago; now 3lb lower than for his last handicap success (November 2022) but he was only eighth of ten behind Rubaud 12 months ago and needs to rediscover his spark; perhaps recent wind surgery will give him a boost.

10/1

Form: -21376 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Won easily at Ascot (1m7f, good) earlier this season and showed that he can live with his new mark when faring best of those in here who contested the County Hurdle at Cheltenham (good to soft); did well to finish sixth after forcing the pace throughout (as is his way) and easy to see him going well.

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9th

3

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Ayr

Highway One O Two

11st 5lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Chris Gordon

Won easily at Ascot (1m7f, good) earlier this season and showed that he can live with his new mark when faring best of those in here who contested the County Hurdle at Cheltenham (good to soft); did well to finish sixth after forcing the pace throughout (as is his way) and easy to see him going well.

10/1

6th

11

17th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Highway One O Two

11st 2lb

J: Mr Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

Easily made all in Ascot handicap (1m7f, good) last October then ran as well as could be expected behind Constitution Hill in Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle (2m, soft); however, went up the weights for his Ascot win and was soundly beaten in the Betfair Hurdle last time; needs a career best today.

40/1

7th

3

11th Feb 2023

Good

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Highway One O Two

11st 9lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Chris Gordon

Well-held third in the Christmas Hurdle on Boxing Day (stiff task); made all to comfortably beat Hacker Des Places, who admittedly lacked recent match practice, in Ascot handicap (1m7f, good) the time before; has an 8lb higher mark and deeper field to contend with.

20/1

Form: 21-433

Last run: 49 days

W: 10st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Two French wins (heavy/very soft; including 4yo Listed last April) and nothing wrong with his recent placed efforts in strong 2m handicaps at Kempton (soft) and Kelso (good to soft), latterly finishing about 3l behind Colonel Mustard; appeals as the type to rate higher still.

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5th

5

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Ayr

LEau Du Sud

11st 2lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Has improved with virtually every run in Britain, posting excellent efforts in defeat in the Betfair and County Hurdles on his last two outings; they came on heavy ground but he's just as effective on good to soft; edging up the weights but has a rock-solid profile and should go well again.

7/2

2nd

15

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

LEau Du Sud

10st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

French 4yo Listed winner in April 2022 and, bar a blip here last November, has improved with each British run; fine second in Betfair Hurdle at Newbury (2m, heavy) last month, after which he's up 6lb but he was clear of Go Dante and Faivoir who fought out last Saturday's Imperial Cup; Harry Skelton prefers him to Faivoir; big player.

9/2

2nd

15

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

LEau Du Sud

11st 3lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Acts on heavy ground; Listed scorer in France; has shown promise in Britain, notably when third in competitive handicap at Kelso (2m) last March, and it's best to forgive his only run this term (something looked amiss); not written off.

18/1

Form: 3-2121 D

Last run: 65 days

W: 10st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Has won two minor events in the north of England and was found an easy opening in which to defy a penalty last time; 4lb 'wrong' for this severe hike in class and it looks a big ask.

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4

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

15:33 Newbury

Royal Mogul

11st 11lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Donald McCain

2-4 in novice company over hurdles last season but he's been pulled up in both his handicaps including on his chase debut at Ayr (2m, good to soft) in November; now returns to hurdling after a second win operation but he needs a major revival after another break.

33/1

0

7

4th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 3

15:28 Ayr

Royal Mogul

10st 11lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

2-4 in novice company over hurdles last season; not seen since struggling in Scottish Champion Hurdle here in April but still looks interesting on today's chasing debut.

11/1

11

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Ayr

Royal Mogul

10st 6lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Has won two minor events in the north of England and was found an easy opening in which to defy a penalty last time; 4lb 'wrong' for this severe hike in class and it looks a big ask.

25/1

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Non-runners

Nemean Lion, L'Eau Du Sud

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Payout
Exacta £197.00
Straight Forecast £198.00
Tricast £972.80
Trifecta £1154.00

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Rubaud

SPOTLIGHT:

Colonel Mustard

POSTDATA:

Anna Bunina

TOPSPEED:

Parisencore

LAMBOURN:

First Street

RP Ratings:

Salsada

The Times:

Rubaud

The Guardian:

Rubaud

D Express:

Rubaud

The Sun:

Rubaud

Telegraph:

Colonel Mustard

Daily Mail:

Colonel Mustard

Daily Mirror:

Colonel Mustard

Daily Record:

Colonel Mustard

The Star:

Anna Bunina