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14:30 Ayr

Good To Soft

Virgin Bet Best Odds Daily Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

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  • 2m 3f 110y
  • Class 5
  • 13 runners
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Virgin Bet Best Odds Daily Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

OUR TIP

Form: 07-00

Last run: 23 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

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

14th

13

17th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 0y

13:45 Navan

Jimlis Cave

11st 1lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: R K Watson

prominent, dropped to midfield before 4th

50/1

Form: 9-435

Last run: 163 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 100

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

1st

8

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:08 Ayr

Dance Thief

10st 10lb

J: Ben Smith

T: R Mike Smith

Winning Scottish pointer; yet to win over hurdles but has been placed on three of his last four starts following a break, all over 2m2f plus; may find this trip on sharp side.

13/2

3rd

5

26th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

15:35 Ayr

Dance Thief

10st 11lb

J: Ben Smith

T: R Mike Smith

Ran poorly last time, taking rules record to 0-7; twice a clear second in December, including at this venue (2m2f, soft), and has possibilities if bouncing back to that form.

16/1

Form: F6-32P

Last run: 23 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

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1st

2

26th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 65y

Class 4

14:10 Sedgefield

Gandhi Maker

11st 7lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Completed a double (2m/2m1f, soft/good) when winning here last February and has run well in defeat the last twice (2m, good/heavy); the step back up in distance poses a question but the trip may be within range and he can be in the mix if seeing it out.

4/1

3rd

4

2nd Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 110y

Class 4

15:45 Ayr

Gandhi Maker

11st 0lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Stuart Coltherd

Front-running wins at about 2m1f early in 2023 (soft and good ground) off much lower marks; in good form either side of being pulled up in November but, although the likely strong pace will suit, this sharp test might suit others better.

9/2

2nd

2

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 75y

Class 4

14:50 Newcastle

Gandhi Maker

11st 12lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Stuart Coltherd

Seemed to lose his confidence after an early mistake last time at Kelso (first-time cheekpieces); dual winner at this sort of trip last season and his penultimate effort at Carlisle was right up there with that form.

6/1

Form: 08-6P BF

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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7th

4

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 5

15:00 Ayr

One Step Up

11st 8lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

Pulled up when joint-favourite for handicap debut at Hexham in November (2m) and weakened into sixth at Wetherby (2m3f) on Boxing Day; arrives here in need of improvement but was given a wind op in January and it would be reckless to write him off at this stage.

12/1

6th

7

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 4

13:00 Wetherby

One Step Up

11st 1lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

Pulled up on handicap debut at Hexham last month but was sent off joint-favourite and heavy ground may have been too much; had shown ability previously and this half-brother to the classy Dunvegan is not written off.

9/1

Form: /4232-

Last run: 495 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

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7th

4

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

15:50 Musselburgh

Barney Stinson

11st 3lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Adam Nicol

prominent on outer

25/1

8th

5

25th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 5

16:10 Wetherby

Barney Stinson

11st 7lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Adam Nicol

0-15 but he returned from long absence last month and took step back in right direction on second start back, when fifth of 14 at Ayr (2m4f, heavy) last time; could be working his way back into form and he stays 3m; edging down the weights and has each-way possibilities.

25/1

5th

2

2nd Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 100y

Class 5

13:15 Ayr

Barney Stinson

11st 12lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Adam Nicol

0-14 over hurdles; understandably got tired on his return from 494 days off at Carlisle (2m3f, good to soft) last month, but he will need to step up a fair bit in order to take a hand.

10/1

Form: /5346-

Last run: 406 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

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0

9

27th Jan 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 168y

Class 5

12:48 Uttoxeter

Toucan Sam

10st 13lb

J: Lewis Saunders

T: Andrew Hamilton

always behind, tailed off when pulled up 2 out

40/1

0

4

20th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 5

12:25 Ayr

Toucan Sam

11st 5lb

J: Conor Rabbitt

T: Andrew Hamilton

prominent on inner

20/1

Form: 4/373-

Last run: 254 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

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3

8th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 5

16:00 Ayr

High Roller

11st 9lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: N W Alexander

Some ability in his first four starts over hurdles, but having been absent for nine months and undergone wind surgery he was pulled up here (2m2f, soft) in December; related to winners over fences, but enough to prove upped in trip for his chase debut.

10/1

0

3

20th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 5

12:25 Ayr

High Roller

11st 5lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

took keen hold, prominent, jumped right 1st

8/1

Form: 344484

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

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6

5th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

16:20 Newcastle

Ballyquin Bay

11st 5lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Alison Hamilton

in touch with leaders, lost position 4 out, weakened 3 out, flagged down after 2 out, race voided

5/1

4th

5

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 5

12:50 Kelso

Ballyquin Bay

11st 8lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Alison Hamilton

led

8/1

3rd

2

14th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 5

14:50 Newcastle

Ballyquin Bay

11st 11lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Alison Hamilton

0-13 but he took a step back in the right direction when fourth of 12 off this reduced mark at Kelso (2m5f, good to soft) last month, and it's possible today's drop back in trip will help; not discounted.

13/2

Abandoned

Form: 0-0439

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

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3rd

7

3rd Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:25 Leopardstown

Gamigin

11st 3lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: Noel C Kelly

in touch with leaders, headway before 2 out, challenging before last, kept on run-in, no match for first two

4/1

Form: 2-9907

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

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9th

17

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

14:52 Down Royal

Perfect Arch

10st 13lb

J: Daire McConville

T: Stephen McConville

towards rear, not fluent 6th, keeping on when hampered by faller after 2 out, never dangerous

14/1

6th

10

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 135y

15:15 Fairyhouse

Perfect Arch

10st 7lb

J: Anna McGuinness

T: Stephen McConville

in touch with leaders, dropped to midfield 4 out, keeping on when bit short of room after 2 out, kept on run-in, never on terms

14/1

8th

20

23rd Jan 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 33y

14:20 Down Royal

Perfect Arch

10st 13lb

J: Daire McConville

T: Stephen McConville

led on inner, went clear after 2nd, bad mistake 4 out, reduced lead after 3 out

50/1

Form: 7-7547

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

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11th

9

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

15:50 Musselburgh

Dot Cotton

10st 13lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: R Mike Smith

towards rear

9/1

0

11

5th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 5

14:30 Musselburgh

Dot Cotton

11st 2lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: R Mike Smith

She's a 16-race maiden but she ran well when second here (2m4f, good to soft) last month off a career-low mark (behind comfortable winner Lihyan who is due to run in the 1:55); back up 1lb today; might not be far away.

9/1

2nd

4

18th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

14:25 Musselburgh

Dot Cotton

11st 1lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: R Mike Smith

On dangerous mark but she's still a maiden after 15 starts and has an uninspiring record of 4937677547 in handicaps; others preferred.

9/1

Form: 744

Last run: 187 days

W: 10st 8lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 80

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4th

14

2nd Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 100y

Class 5

13:15 Ayr

Ambush Annie

10st 12lb

J: Mr S Connor

T: S R B Crawford

Formerly with Neil Mulholland; finished around 15l behind Beat The Retreat when third of 14 on stable/handicap debut here (2m2f, soft) 13 days ago; improvement needed, but the step back up in trip should suit and she is now 7lb better off; shortlisted.

7/1

3rd

8

20th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 5

12:25 Ayr

Ambush Annie

10st 4lb

J: Mr S Connor

T: S R B Crawford

in touch with leaders

4/1

Form: 87-08

Last run: 43 days

W: 10st 5lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 77

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2nd

10

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 5

14:30 Sedgefield

Boyneside

10st 11lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: Barry Murtagh

Kept on for very respectable third on handicap debut at Carlisle (2m3f, good to soft) in December but the form isn't anything to get too excited about, and he was tailed off at Catterick a fortnight later.

16/1

5th

8

17th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 61y

Class 5

13:00 Carlisle

Boyneside

10st 2lb

J: Lorcan Murtagh

T: Barry Murtagh

towards rear

16/1

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Verdict

Dual chase winner Gandhi Maker went close off 5lb higher over fences on his penultimate run and is still unexposed in this sphere. He looks interesting back over hurdles but preference is for HIGH ROLLER, who ended last season with a promising third in a Kelso novice and is open to more progress at this new trip on his handicap debut. Stuart Crawford’s handicap newcomer Ambush Annie also enters the reckoning, while Barney Stinson needs a close look on his comeback.[David Moon]