16:10 Ayr

Good

Simply Asset Finance Scottish Handicap Handicap

  • Prize money: £4187.2
  • 1m 0f 0y
  • Class 5
  • 12 runners
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Simply Asset Finance Scottish Handicap Handicap

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

14/1 (Won)

  • Win: £13.90
  • Place: £4.30

Form: 247660 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Hard to predict and losing run is mounting up but he has dropped to 7lb lower than when narrowly denied over C&D in May and Danny Tudhope seemingly prefers him to Star Shield; dual winner on soft, so rain no issue; no surprise were he to return to form and go well.

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7th

3

(1)

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:57 Ripon

Hortzadar

9st 9lb

J: Brandon Wilkie

T: David O’Meara

Three-time C&D winner, including on soft; won a Newcastle handicap in November off 1lb higher; beaten 12l in the Spring Mile on last month's return to turf but he ran into some dead ends and was keeping on at the finish; this is weaker and he's one to consider with a good apprentice booked.

7/1

8th

12

(10)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Doncaster

Hortzadar

9st 5lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

Good third in the 2021 Lincoln but no longer retains that level of ability; last two wins (turf/AW) came in Class 5, and recent efforts also don't suggest he's about to land a Spring Mile; opposed.

25/1

8th

5

(6)

8th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 4

19:30 Newcastle (AW)

Hortzadar

9st 7lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

Hold-up performer who's never been the most consistent and isn't as good as he was; won over C&D off this mark four months ago, though, and remains capable when things fall his way.

12/1

25/1

  • Place: £8.60

Form: 9-4490 CD

Last run: 43 days

W: 9st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Prominent racer who won a division of this race on good to firm (also acts on soft) off 3lb higher in 2021; recorded a couple of respectable fourths in the spring but his last two efforts have been disappointing; sports a first-time tongue-tie back from six weeks off.

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11th

3

(8)

20th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 5

19:30 Newcastle (AW)

Ventura Rascal

9st 10lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Kevin Ryan

Multiple turf winner; not scored for over a year and form patchy since last win; drop in trip at this track shouldn't inconvenience and claims on pick of turf form now returned to AW.

8/1

5th

3

(2)

3rd Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

13:42 Ayr

Ventura Rascal

9st 12lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Kevin Ryan

took keen hold, led, headed 2f out, weakened quickly over 1f out

3/1

16/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 649315 C

Last run: 5 days

W: 9st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 68

Form & Verdict

Finally exploited his reduced mark here (7f, good) last month but below-form fifth at Musselburgh last weekend; 53 of his 56 starts have been over 7f or shorter but he has been placed over C&D.

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4th

7

(7)

21st Apr 2024

Good

1m 0f 2y

Class 5

16:45 Musselburgh

Black Friday

9st 8lb

J: Paddy Mathers

T: R Mike Smith

All wins at up to 7f but has bits of 1m form; the 9yo has an unimpressive strike-rate since 2021 and, back from a layoff, does not look the percentage call.

12/1

6th

6

(6)

3rd Oct 2023

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

17:07 Ayr

Black Friday

9st 3lb

J: Paddy Mathers

T: R Mike Smith

Ran well over 1m last time but better known for his form over shorter, from 5f to 7f (including on soft); running well and on a competitive mark.

7/1

3rd

10

(10)

21st Sep 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:10 Ayr

Black Friday

9st 7lb

J: Paddy Mathers

T: R Mike Smith

in touch with leaders

16/1

7/2

Form: 4-7121 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 10lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Improved to make a winning handicap debut at Brighton (7f, good to firm) for William Haggas in July and has built on that for new yard since, second at Haydock (7f, good to soft) before getting his head back in front at Ripon (1m, good) 23 days ago; raised another 4lb for that but this lightly raced 3yo could easily have more to offer, particularly at this trip.

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5th

5

(8)

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:57 Ripon

Tobetso

9st 8lb

J: Zak Wheatley

T: Declan Carroll

The winner of two of his eight starts and open to further progress as a 4yo; something to prove on ground this testing though.

8/1

0

5

(1)

9th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 4

15:00 Pontefract

Tobetso

9st 4lb

J: Zak Wheatley

T: Declan Carroll

Ex-William Haggas; in the frame in all three starts for present yard, winning at Ripon (1m, good) and a decent fourth at Ayr last time (1m, good to soft); chance.

9/2

4/1

Form: 341322

Last run: 25 days

W: 9st 9lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 74

Form & Verdict

Has improved for cheekpieces, winning by 4l at Hamilton (8.5f, good) in July and placed on all three outings since, only just failing to peg back the thriving Pearl Eye at Beverley (8.5f, soft) on latest; a 1lb nudge looks generous given the winner's subsequent exploits; big player.

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4th

10

(8)

17th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 4

18:00 Newcastle (AW)

Hale End

9st 1lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Michael Dods

Gained his first AW success when readily accounting for ten rivals over C&D last month; unplaced in two Class 4 events since, albeit not well positioned at Wolverhampton last week.

14/1

5th

7

(9)

9th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 4

16:07 Wolverhampton (AW)

Hale End

9st 5lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Michael Dods

towards rear

12/1

8th

7

(2)

16th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 4

17:00 Newcastle (AW)

Hale End

9st 3lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Michael Dods

Steady progress for this yard in 2023 and he made a perfect start to the new campaign with an easy C&D win 12 days ago; 5lb rise against stronger opposition asks a stiffer question of him though.

4/1

16/1

Form: -13950 D

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 10lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

Career-best form when returning with a wide-margin win at Carlisle (1m, good to soft) in May but unable to repeat it since back up the weights and marks in the 70s have held him back so far; tongue tied first time.

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11th

7

(7)

9th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 5

16:00 Pontefract

Albegrey

9st 8lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Tim Easterby

Paid dearly for his 5l success at Carlisle (7.7f, good to soft) in June; edging back down the weights now and not beaten far when sixth of 12 in a first-time tongue-tie at Ayr (1m, good to soft) last time, but still more needed; stable also runs Golden Melody.

16/1

6th

4

(2)

21st Sep 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:10 Ayr

Albegrey

9st 10lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

towards rear

16/1

11th

12

(4)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

15:50 Thirsk

Albegrey

9st 2lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

midfield, against rail

20/1

14/1

Form: 108726 C

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 7lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Won a 7f course maiden on good to firm in May; best run since when second in 1m Newmarket handicap in July but faded to finish last of six at Chepstow (1m again) since; second (albeit beaten a long way) on her previous attempt on going softer than good.

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7th

6

(2)

12th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 0f 13y

Class 3

19:00 Southwell (AW)

Hey Lyla

8st 11lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Charlie Johnston

prominent, dropped to midfield halfway, dropped to last 2f out, soon struggling

8/1

6th

1

(5)

15th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 5

18:50 Newcastle (AW)

Hey Lyla

9st 11lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Charlie Johnston

Arrives at the top of her game, backing up 1m Chelmsford success with a nose second in 8.5f Wolverhampton handicap nine days ago; she enjoyed the run of the race there but still merits consideration off an unchanged mark.

4/1

2nd

3

(8)

6th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 5

16:25 Wolverhampton (AW)

Hey Lyla

9st 13lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Charlie Johnston

ducked left start, led, pushed along 2f out, ridden when joined inside final furlong, ran on well but headed post

7/2

OUR TIP

Form: 151540 CD

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Two more wins this year, the first over C&D; not so good last time but is largely consistent; Tudhope seemingly prefers Hortzadar.

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4th

8

(4)

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 6y

Class 5

16:45 Pontefract

Star Shield

9st 6lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

Record of 10-75 and surprisingly has never raced here; running well in 1m AW handicaps before having no excuses when only fifth back at Newcastle 20 days ago; has won on soft but tends to steer clear of it these days.

6/1

5th

5

(1)

13th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 5

19:45 Newcastle (AW)

Star Shield

9st 7lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

towards rear

6/1

3rd

10

(4)

8th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 4

19:30 Newcastle (AW)

Star Shield

9st 4lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: David O’Meara

Landed a third C&D win off a mark just 1lb lower late last year; there was nothing wrong with his latest effort, back from a short break, behind Enola Grey on Polytrack, and he rarely disappoints round here.

6/1

11/2

Form: P-144

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 8lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Pulled up in her only start as a 2yo but defied a 407-day absence to land a Haydock maiden (7f, good to soft) in July; didn't back it up on soft at Thirsk next time but much better when fourth on 7f Newbury handicap debut since and that form looks solid; return to 1m looks a help if anything and she's much less exposed than the majority of these.

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9th

8

(9)

21st Sep 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:10 Ayr

Dark Desire

9st 8lb

J: Sam James

T: K R Burke

prominent

11/2

4th

9

(4)

29th Aug 2023

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

15:05 Newbury

Dark Desire

9st 3lb

J: William Buick

T: K R Burke

Pulled up in only start as a 2yo, but defied a 407-day absence to land a Haydock maiden (7f, good to soft) last month; didn't back it up at Thirsk (1m, soft) last time and possible the ground didn't suit, but she still has questions to answer on handicap debut.

7/1

4th

3

(4)

5th Aug 2023

Soft

0m 7f 218y

Class 4

14:50 Thirsk

Dark Desire

9st 5lb

J: Sam James

T: K R Burke

raced in second

13/8

10th
12 (4)
Little Ted

9/1

Form: 371413 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 64

Form & Verdict

Won at Newcastle (1m, AW) in July and went in again at Ripon (1m2f, good to soft) last month; creditable third back at Ripon (1m3f) latest; second over C&D at this meeting in 2021.

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5th

2

(4)

20th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 6

16:55 Newcastle (AW)

Little Ted

9st 8lb

J: Phil Dennis

T: Tim Easterby

in touch with leaders

8/1

4th

8

(7)

19th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 6

18:15 Newcastle (AW)

Little Ted

9st 4lb

J: Phil Dennis

T: Tim Easterby

took keen hold, prominent

11/4

2nd

1

(2)

8th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 6

17:00 Newcastle (AW)

Little Ted

9st 9lb

J: Phil Dennis

T: Tim Easterby

Won over C&D and at Ripon (1m2f) last summer and he's been generally consistent since; was beaten less than 2l when fourth in a similar race here last time and he's respected back from a short break.

11/2

9/1

Form: 5230-2 CD

Last run: 166 days

W: 9st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

Won this race off 4lb lower last year; given how well he's stood his racing in previous years his absence since his reappearance second at Musselburgh (1m, good to soft) in April is a bit of a concern but that run does show he can go well fresh.

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11th

6

(7)

21st Sep 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:10 Ayr

Tommy G

9st 10lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

raced in second

9/1

2nd

2

(6)

8th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 2y

Class 5

16:20 Musselburgh

Tommy G

9st 10lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: Jim Goldie

Well beaten on his reappearance in each of the last three seasons so it's hard to be overly confident on today's comeback run; however, crack 5lb claimer has been booked for this three-time course winner, and he'll be a major player if reproducing the best of last autumn's form.

13/2

10th

1

(2)

10th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

1m 0f 208y

Class 5

13:35 Musselburgh

Tommy G

11st 4lb

J: Miss Lucy Harper

T: Jim Goldie

in rear on inner, headway into midfield over 3f out, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and weakened from over 1f out, burst blood vessel (vet said gelding bled from the nose)

7/1

7/1

Form: 312130 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 69

Form & Verdict

In good form on turf this summer, winning at Musselburgh (1m1f, good) and Hamilton (extended 1m, heavy) before a solid third in 1m1f Class 3 back at Hamilton; took AW record to 0-15 at Newcastle latest but better can be expected back on turf.

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8

(13)

21st Apr 2024

Good

1m 0f 2y

Class 5

16:45 Musselburgh

Shine On Brendan

9st 8lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: Jim Goldie

Has a respectable strike-rate (7-36) on turf and acts on any ground; dual course scorer; remains on last winning mark and has possibilities with AW reappearance under his belt.

16/1

8th

8

(2)

13th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 5

19:45 Newcastle (AW)

Shine On Brendan

9st 2lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: Jim Goldie

in touch with leaders

25/1

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Payout
Exacta £3284.00
Straight Forecast £3162.70
Tricast £28692.70
Trifecta £57395.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Hale End

The Times:

Tobetso

RP RATINGS:

Hortzadar

D Express:

Dark Desire

POSTDATA:

Albegrey

Daily Mail:

Tommy G

Telegraph:

Tobetso

Daily Mirror:

Tobetso

The Guardian:

Hale End

The Sun:

Hale End

The Star:

Hale End

Daily Record:

Hale End

TOPSPEED:

Hortzadar