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14:10 Ayr

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Merry Christmas From Western House Hotel Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5624.26
  • 2m 5f 91y
  • Class 4
  • 7 runners
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Merry Christmas From Western House Hotel Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £2.60

Form: 60-3

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Again showed ability when third of six at Hexham (2m4f, heavy) four weeks ago on third hurdle start; he's on a competitive opening mark based on the subsequent exploits of the first two and is open to improvement.

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2nd

6

13th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 4

15:55 Ayr

Cream Of The West

11st 6lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: N W Alexander

Lightly raced 8yo who improved to make winning handicap debut here (2m5f, soft; front pair clear) in December; subsequent 5lb rise does not look excessive and he's open to further progress over 3m; respected.

11/2

1st

7

20th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 91y

Class 4

14:10 Ayr

Cream Of The West

10st 10lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: N W Alexander

towards rear, headway and prominent 4 out, challenging when not fluent 2 out, soon clear with one other, ridden when hung left and led narrowly last, kept on well towards finish

9/2

7/2

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 823-42 BF

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

0-10 but went close at Newcastle (2m4f, heavy) in March and was a good second behind Ballin Bay at Kelso (2m6f, soft) three weeks ago; he can improve upon that latest performance if jumping with greater fluency and is one to consider.

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5th

8

13th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 4

15:55 Ayr

Enemy At The Gate

11st 5lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Donald Whillans

0-9 over hurdles but has made the frame on last five appearances, most recently when clear second to Cream Of The West here (2m5f, soft) in December; has to take a 3lb rise on the chin but is likely to give another good account if stamina holds out.

15/2

2nd

6

20th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 91y

Class 4

14:10 Ayr

Enemy At The Gate

10st 11lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Donald Whillans

prominent, pressed leader 2nd, led but pestered 4th, joined 2 out, soon went clear with winner, rallied when headed last, no extra towards finish

7/2

Form: /U33-3

Last run: 28 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Returned from a long absence to post some fair performances last season and there was another respectable third on last month's reappearance at Warwick (2m3f, soft); could build on that latest run and be in the mix.

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1st

7

27th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 2f 13y

Class 4

15:43 Uttoxeter

Here Comes McCoy

11st 8lb

J: Fergus Gregory

T: Olly Murphy

Didn't get very far on his chase debut last December (unseated at first) but he's a generally reliable hurdler who has finished third in his last four runs (2m3f-2m7f) in that sphere; on dangerous mark back over fences and could be a factor if he can put in a clear round.

4/1

Form: 6643-1

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Built upon last season's promise when making all on reappearance at Kelso (2m6f, soft) three weeks ago, with Enemy At The Gate in second; this unexposed 5yo could have more to offer and is highly respected up 5lb.

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4th

5

20th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 91y

Class 4

14:10 Ayr

Ballin Bay

10st 12lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Pauline Robson

Built upon last season's promise when making all on reappearance at Kelso (2m6f, soft) three weeks ago, with Enemy At The Gate in second; this unexposed 5yo could have more to offer and is highly respected up 5lb.

3/1

1st

6

29th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

14:45 Kelso

Ballin Bay

10st 13lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Pauline Robson

made all, joined 2 out, soon ridden against near rail and clear with one other, led clearly before last, stayed on

13/2

3

17th May 2023

Soft

2m 7f 207y

Class 5

19:00 Perth

Ballin Bay

11st 8lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Pauline Robson

Milan gelding who improved for the step up in trip when third of seven in 3m3f Sedgefield handicap hurdle last month; he's much respected off an unchanged mark.

6/1

OUR TIP

Form: 6118-9 CD

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Last season ended with a below-par run at Kelso in March and there was no return to form on last month's reappearance at Newcastle; however, he may have needed that latest outing and won three times last season; no surprise if he gets back on track with Brian Hughes back on board (1-1 record).

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0

8

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 4

14:25 Catterick

Coral Blue

10st 12lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Daragh Bourke

Won three times last season (2m4f/2m5f, soft-good) and he's also scored over C&D; however, his campaign concluded with a below-par run at Kelso and he's been well beaten on both starts this term; needs to bounce back.

20/1

5th

3

20th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 91y

Class 4

14:10 Ayr

Coral Blue

11st 5lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Daragh Bourke

Last season ended with a below-par run at Kelso in March and there was no return to form on last month's reappearance at Newcastle; however, he may have needed that latest outing and won three times last season; no surprise if he gets back on track with Brian Hughes back on board (1-1 record).

8/1

9th

4

23rd Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

14:25 Newcastle

Coral Blue

11st 11lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Daragh Bourke

Three-time winner last season (2m4f-2m5f, good-soft) but not seen since a below-par run in March and not sure to be suited by today's trip-and-ground combination.

9/1

Form: 422/4-

Last run: 416 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

13-race maiden who has a 416-day absence to defy and his best form has come over fences; however, he's well handicapped on his peak chase efforts and has also shown promise over hurdles; not discounted on return.

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0

2

20th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 91y

Class 4

14:10 Ayr

Mount Melleray

12st 0lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Alison Hamilton

13-race maiden who has a 416-day absence to defy and his best form has come over fences; however, he's well handicapped on his peak chase efforts and has also shown promise over hurdles; not discounted on return.

10/1

4th

4

30th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

3m 2f 34y

Class 3

16:40 Carlisle

Mount Melleray

11st 4lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Alison Hamilton

A 12-race maiden but unlucky not to put that right back in February when touched off in a 2m4f maiden hurdle at Ayr and then by Houston Texas on his return to fences over C&D; up only 3lb for that and his turn will come.

15/2

2nd

2

28th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 2f 34y

Class 3

13:35 Carlisle

Mount Melleray

11st 0lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Alison Hamilton

Placed in three beginners' chases in Ireland and now makes his handicap debut on the back of a near miss in a 2m4f heavy-ground maiden hurdle at Ayr; does look high enough in the weights and has stamina to prove, so others are preferred.

5/1

Form: 671-15

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Won two in a row in the spring (2m4f/3m, good to soft/good) and she may have needed her next run at Musselburgh (2m4f, soft) three weeks ago; wears a first-time tongue-tie and is not written off but she has something to prove, including on the forecast testing ground.

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0

4

20th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 91y

Class 4

14:10 Ayr

Nowinittowinit

11st 4lb

J: Mr S Connor

T: S R B Crawford

Won two in a row in the spring (2m4f/3m, good to soft/good) and she may have needed her next run at Musselburgh (2m4f, soft) three weeks ago; wears a first-time tongue-tie and is not written off but she has something to prove, including on the forecast testing ground.

7/1

5th

4

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

13:35 Musselburgh

Nowinittowinit

11st 4lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: S R B Crawford

Arrives seeking a protracted hat-trick, having won twice at Perth (2m4f, good to soft; 3m, good) in the spring, the latter easily; remains unexposed and, with the yard's runners in good nick, she's a player if returning in the same form.

9/4

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Payout
Exacta £183.00
Straight Forecast £192.20
Trifecta £672.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Ballin Bay

D Express:

Enemy At The Gate

POSTDATA:

Here Comes McCoy

TOPSPEED:

Cream Of The West

RP RATINGS:

Ballin Bay

The Times:

Ballin Bay

Daily Mail:

Ballin Bay

Daily Record:

Ballin Bay

Daily Mirror:

Enemy At The Gate

The Star:

Enemy At The Gate

Telegraph:

Here Comes McCoy

The Guardian:

Here Comes McCoy