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13:50 Ayr

Good To Soft

Coral Racing Bet Bundles Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £7921.5
  • 2m 4f 100y
  • Class 3
  • 11 runners
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Coral Racing Bet Bundles Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

16/1 (Won)

  • Win: £42.20
  • Place: £7.80

Form: /245-4 C

Last run: 215 days

W: 11st 5lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

12yo who needs to produce more than he's managed on his three runs since last October, but he's edged down the weights and is worth a second look given his good record here (three-time course winner); not discounted.

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

6th

3

20th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 2f 191y

Class 4

16:25 Haydock

Better Getalong

11st 13lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: Nicky Richards

Veteran who sprung a 33-1 surprise at Ayr in December (2m4f, soft; back from a break); however, that was only his second win since 2018 and he fared less well last time.

14/1

5th

1

26th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

15:35 Ayr

Better Getalong

12st 0lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: Nicky Richards

Veteran who recorded a 33-1 success in C&D event (soft; back from break) 11 weeks ago; however, he's not an obvious type to follow up, being a 13yo who has scored just twice since 2018.

8/1

15/2

  • Place: £1.50

Form: P439/4 C

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Won a maiden hurdle here (2m, soft) in December 2021 and he returned from a long absence when fourth of 17 in a handicap at Navan (2m4f, soft to heavy) last month; this lightly raced 6yo could build on that latest performance and he's firmly in calculations.

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

4th

1

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 3

15:43 Ayr

Ballycoose

11st 11lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: S R B Crawford

made all, good jump 4 out, bad mistake and headed 3 out, soon lost position, eased approaching last

13/8

2nd

3

26th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 110y

Class 3

15:05 Ayr

Ballycoose

11st 7lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: S R B Crawford

Justified favouritism with 2l success, having jumped well, in similar event here (2m4f, heavy; off 5lb lower) eight weeks ago on chase debut; open to progress in this sphere; major player, provided he's as effective back at 2m.

9/4

10/1

  • Place: £3.10

Form: 043-53 CD

Last run: 75 days

W: 10st 9lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

9yo whose form has gone the wrong way and she needs to produce more than she's managed the last twice; however, she's dropped to a dangerous mark and has plenty of good form at Ayr; not written off.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

4

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 4

15:30 Musselburgh

Aurora Thunder

11st 9lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

held up in rear, headway and in touch with leaders after 8th

8/1

3rd

10

11th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 3

13:50 Ayr

Aurora Thunder

10st 9lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

9yo whose form has gone the wrong way and she needs to produce more than she's managed the last twice; however, she's dropped to a dangerous mark and has plenty of good form at Ayr; not written off.

10/1

Form: 454-53 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

He's 1lb lower than when winning at Wetherby (2m3f, soft) last December and has run some fair races since, most recently 7l third at Wetherby (2m3f, heavy) last month, could have a part to play.

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Verdict Starting price

1st

5

26th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 3

16:05 Newcastle

Raffertys Return

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Rebecca Menzies

In first-time tongue-tie/cheekpieces combination when beating three rivals over 2m3f at Carlisle (heavy) but he was a weakener when the visor was added at Kelso; takes on progressive opposition here and may struggle.

15/2

7th

5

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

13:42 Kelso

Raffertys Return

10st 6lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Readily made all in four-runner handicap at Carlisle (2m3f, heavy) 12 days ago in first-time tongue-tie/cheekpieces; the strength of that form is dubious, but he's still 3lb lower than when a fair fourth in this last year (good to soft) and is not ruled out; visor replaces cheekpieces.

9/1

1st

4

19th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 61y

Class 3

16:35 Carlisle

Raffertys Return

11st 4lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

made all, set steady pace, increased tempo 3 out, pushed along 2 out, ridden and good jump last, kept on well run-in, unchallenged

7/1

Form: 3627-2

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Having dropped down the weights he returned to form with good second on recent stable and seasonal debut at Kelso (3m2f, soft); he should be fine now back down in trip and is a likely player if this doesn't come too soon.

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Verdict Starting price

5th

4

30th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 4

16:15 Carlisle

Guernesey

11st 5lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Jackie Stephen

Hasn't really kicked on from his second on stable debut in November (3m2f, soft) and has a bit to find with some of these on recent evidence.

20/1

5th

8

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 3

15:20 Kelso

Guernesey

10st 8lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Jackie Stephen

Made a promising start for his current stable when runner-up over C&D in November but he came in only fourth of seven at Catterick (3m1f) last month; it's now 11 starts since his last victory.

14/1

4th

2

2nd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 1f 71y

Class 4

15:35 Catterick

Guernesey

11st 5lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Jackie Stephen

prominent on inner, bit short of room on turn after 3 out, outpaced before 2 out, weakened after 2 out, left in remote fourth last

11/2

Form: /5453-

Last run: 273 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Regressive since start of 2022 and this 9yo left Evan Williams' yard for 17,500gns in April; this is his first run since but he's dropped to a dangerous mark and perhaps he'll have been revived by a change of scenery.

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1st

11

5th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 1f 87y

Class 2

18:40 Musselburgh

Mack The Man

11st 1lb

J: Mr Kit Alexander

T: N W Alexander

Historically well handicapped and the first-time visor prompted a return to form when second at Ayr (2m, good to soft); whether he'll be as good as again remains to be seen and this is tougher.

10/1

2nd

2

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:30 Ayr

Mack The Man

12st 0lb

J: Mr Kit Alexander

T: N W Alexander

Made quite encouraging seasonal/stable debut over 2m4f here in December; two lesser efforts have followed (2m6f/2m1f; cheekpieces refitted last time) but he's sure to appreciate today's ease in grade; a possible if first-time visor has positive effect.

14/1

8th

5

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

16:00 Newcastle

Mack The Man

11st 9lb

J: Mr Kit Alexander

T: N W Alexander

towards rear, midfield 4th

20/1

20/1

Form: 5/033/

Last run: 676 days

W: 10st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Not at very best in 2021-22 campaign and returns from a very long absence; however, he's been given a chance by the handicapper and his trainer's horses often run well when fresh; not discounted.

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Verdict Starting price

0

5

11th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 71y

Class 4

15:05 Catterick

Milvale

11st 0lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

midfield, slow jump and dropped to rear 9th

16/1

7th

12

11th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 3

13:50 Ayr

Milvale

10st 7lb

J: Lewis Dobb

T: Sandy Thomson

Not at very best in 2021-22 campaign and returns from a very long absence; however, he's been given a chance by the handicapper and his trainer's horses often run well when fresh; not discounted.

20/1

3rd

5

3rd Feb 2022

Good

3m 1f 170y

Class 3

13:50 Kelso

Milvale

10st 13lb

J: Edward Austin

T: Sandy Thomson

Now 5lb lower than when scoring at this venue two years ago and took a step back in the right direction in first-time cheekpieces (retained) when third over 2m6f here (soft) five weeks ago; player if building on that.

5/1

Form: 142-1 C

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Course bumper winner (2m, good to soft) who built upon the promise of his first two hurdle starts when winning on handicap debut at Carlisle (2m1f, soft) last month; there's stamina in his pedigree and this unexposed 5yo is open to further improvement now up in trip.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

5

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

12:45 Kelso

Dunnet Head

11st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Iain Jardine

Won on handicap debut at Carlisle (2m1f, soft) by under 2l and just didn't appear to give his running next time at Ayr (2m4f); there's stamina in his pedigree and he could bounce back.

6/1

8th

7

11th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 3

13:50 Ayr

Dunnet Head

11st 0lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Iain Jardine

Course bumper winner (2m, good to soft) who built upon the promise of his first two hurdle starts when winning on handicap debut at Carlisle (2m1f, soft) last month; there's stamina in his pedigree and this unexposed 5yo is open to further improvement now up in trip.

3/1

1st

3

5th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 1f 33y

Class 4

13:55 Carlisle

Dunnet Head

11st 13lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Iain Jardine

in touch with leaders in centre of group, pushed along but went fourth before 3 out, went second 2 out, ridden to lead before last, kept on run-in, always doing enough

4/1

Form: /F261- D

Last run: 401 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Improved for the step up in trip when winning on handicap debut at Kelso last November (2m5f, good to soft; unraced on softer); absent since but this 6yo could still be on a good mark if retaining his promise.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

14:30 Kelso

Pavlik

11st 3lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Improved to make winning handicap debut here (2m5f, good to soft) in November 2022 but was not seen again until two disappointing runs this winter (2m4f/2m6f); still has low mileage but needs to get career back on track.

12/1

7th

8

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

13:55 Kelso

Pavlik

11st 0lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Improved form upped to 2m5f when winning a handicap here (good to soft) in November 2022, but he wasn't seen again until a heavy defeat at Ayr two months ago; still has potential after only five hurdle runs but his record has been patchy so far and others are more convincing.

25/1

Form: 432-67 C

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Two-time hurdle winner who is on a competitive mark on last season's chase form (including a win here), and perhaps this return to hurdles will ignite some spark following two below-par runs over fences; however, he has something to prove in view of those latest efforts.

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2nd

5

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 5

15:00 Kelso

Grand Voyage

11st 11lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Has come a fair way down the weights and the signs were a little more promising when beaten 12l at Carlisle last week (2m4f, heavy); still didn't really threaten from off the pace.

7/1

4th

10

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 210y

Class 2

15:22 Carlisle

Grand Voyage

10st 9lb

J: Edward Austin

T: Stuart Coltherd

Runner-up here last April and runs off a mark fully 18lb lower this afternoon; however, that's because he's been unable to get competitive on his six starts this season and he needs to turn things around.

20/1

Form: 52/3-

Last run: 435 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

3m point winner who showed ability in his three novice hurdles last year; this is his first run since but trainer can ready one after an absence and Brian Hughes is booked on handicap debut; interesting.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

11

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

16:05 Musselburgh

Whelans Bridge

11st 1lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

2021 Irish point winner but he's had just four races under rules, pulled up on handicap debut at Ayr (2m4f, soft; 33-1) in December on latest; that was after a 435-day layoff and he had wind surgery soon afterwards; also now tongue tied but he needs to build on his 2022 novice placings.

33/1

0

11

11th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 3

13:50 Ayr

Whelans Bridge

10st 9lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Rose Dobbin

3m point winner who showed ability in his three novice hurdles last year; this is his first run since but trainer can ready one after an absence and Brian Hughes is booked on handicap debut; interesting.

9/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Dunnet Head

The Guardian:

Ballycoose

RP RATINGS:

Guernesey

POSTDATA:

Grand Voyage

The Times:

Dunnet Head

Telegraph:

Dunnet Head

Daily Mail:

Dunnet Head

Daily Mirror:

Dunnet Head

The Sun:

Dunnet Head

Daily Record:

Dunnet Head

The Star:

Ballycoose

TOPSPEED:

Guernesey