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14:00 Ayr

Good To Soft

Virgin Bet Daily Extra Places Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £5281
  • 2m 0f 110y
  • Class 4
  • 7 runners
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Virgin Bet Daily Extra Places Handicap Chase

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

Form: 4U-P54 D

Last run: 37 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Three chase wins in Ireland for Tony Martin but has struggled for form this year, including in two runs at Kelso (2m1f) for his current yard; drops back in grade off a tumbling mark but he needs a major turnaround.

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

5th

5

23rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 4

17:08 Sedgefield

Sil Ver Klass

11st 3lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: R Mike Smith

led, headed before 2 out

16/1

Abandoned

Form: /P170-

Last run: 299 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

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

3rd

1

30th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 210y

Class 3

15:40 Carlisle

Go Boy

11st 10lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

held up in rear

9/4

2nd

2

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 14y

Class 3

14:10 Kelso

Go Boy

10st 12lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Pulled up on his chasing debut in Ireland but he was a fair winner over hurdles there and made a fine start for his new yard back chasing when easily landing 2m Carlisle handicap in December; up 6lb but has more to offer and rates a big player with few miles still on the clock.

8/11

1st

2

17th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 207y

Class 4

12:25 Carlisle

Go Boy

11st 11lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Went backwards in Ireland last winter after winning on hurdles debut (2m3f, heavy); showed nothing on sole chase attempt; however, market support should be noted on debut for new stable.

15/2

OUR TIP

Form: 804-16 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

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

4th

18

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Lively Citizen

10st 12lb

J: Harry Atkins

T: D J Jeffreys

In good form after a narrow Ffos Las win (2m, heavy) but 2lb badly in under a penalty and he tends to fall short in really competitive races, such as this one in 2022 and when well held in the Imperial Cup in March.

25/1

1st

2

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

16:00 Ffos Las

Lively Citizen

11st 11lb

J: Harry Atkins

T: D J Jeffreys

Runner-up off today's mark at Musselburgh (1m7f, good to soft) last month and ran big race before weakening into seventh in Imperial Cup at Sandown (2m, soft) three weeks ago; unraced on heavy ground but still makes appeal here.

5/2

7th

16

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Lively Citizen

10st 2lb

J: Harry Atkins

T: D J Jeffreys

9yo who doesn't appear to be the force of old and goes back up in grade today after finishing second at Musselburgh (1m7f, good to soft) last month; however, the winner has followed up and he's off a mark 8lb lower than when second in this race two years ago (soft); not ruled out each-way.

40/1

Form: 6315-4 C

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

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

6th

7

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 207y

Class 2

14:47 Carlisle

Fia Fuinidh

10st 3lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: Martin Todhunter

prominent

9/1

5th

1

26th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

14:05 Ayr

Fia Fuinidh

11st 12lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Martin Todhunter

Creditable second twice over 2m since switched to chasing; form dipped here (8l behind Travail D'Orfevre; first run since wind surgery) most recently but this new trip is worth exploring judged on pedigree.

4/1

4th

3

13th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 4

14:15 Ayr

Fia Fuinidh

11st 5lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Martin Todhunter

Looked sure to collect at Ayr last month when 2l ahead at the last but he went down to a rallying Ardera Cross; has just a 2lb pull on the winner but perhaps the subsequent wind surgery can help him see this out better.

7/2

Form: P233-1 C

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

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

3rd

6

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 207y

Class 2

14:47 Carlisle

Travail DOrfevre

10st 3lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

in touch with leaders, midfield 6th

5/1

2nd

3

26th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

14:05 Ayr

Travail DOrfevre

11st 10lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Consistent sort who has form figures of 1222 this season, creditable second at this venue (2m4f/2m, heavy/soft) the last twice; holds very solid claims off the same mark and looks a must for the shortlist.

2/1

2nd

4

13th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 4

14:15 Ayr

Travail DOrfevre

11st 2lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Has won a bumper and a handicap hurdle; off the mark over fences in a 2m soft-ground handicap at Carlisle and has produced similar form since then in defeat (1m7f/2m4f); won't be far away.

5/1

Form: 416-42 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 1lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

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

1st

3

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 14y

Class 4

14:45 Kelso

Duty Calls

11st 4lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Sandy Forster

C&D scorer who wasn't disgraced from 5lb out of the handicap when fourth of five back here eight days ago; he can race off his proper mark now so merits serious consideration.

4/1

4th

8

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 1f 14y

Class 3

17:10 Kelso

Duty Calls

10st 2lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Sandy Forster

Won over C&D (soft) last March and runner-up twice in a row over C&D (good to soft/heavy) towards the end of last year; below par at Ayr recently and could leave that run behind now back here, but he faces a tough assignment from 5lb out of the handicap.

20/1

Form: 743PP9 CD

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 2lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

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No / Draw
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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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Verdict

Travail D’Orfevre is respected off only 3lb higher than for his win at Carlisle in October, while Lively Citizen had a tough assignment at Aintree on his reappearance and this unexposed chaser is respected back in calmer waters. However, preference is for DUTY CALLS, who was only narrowly denied by a progressive rival at Kelso last month and was as good as ever with that clear second.[David Moon]