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13:10 Ayr

Soft

Virgin Bet Conditional Jockeys’ Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £4224.8
  • 2m 5f 91y
  • Class 5
  • 7 runners
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Virgin Bet Conditional Jockeys’ Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

Form: 95-417 BF

Last run: 36 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Ex-Irish pointer; won a Hexham novice handicap off 5lb lower in October (2m, heavy) but poor run at Carlisle last time (2m3f, good to soft); unexposed; best efforts have been at 2m.

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2nd

1

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 75y

Class 5

15:25 Newcastle

Hostile Hotelier

12st 0lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

midfield, outpaced 4 out

4/1

2nd

1

17th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

14:45 Southwell

Hostile Hotelier

12st 0lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

towards rear

8/1

Form: 60-31 CD

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Ex-Irish pointer; won on handicap at debut over C&D last time (heavy); an unexposed sort who should go well again despite 5lb rise.

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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

OUR TIP

Form: 445-44

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Fair form in bumpers and in two runs over hurdles, last time finishing fourth in a mares' novice at Newcastle (2m4f, soft); unexposed; an interesting contender on handicap debut.

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6th

3

13th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 5

13:45 Ayr

Carrigeen Kali

11st 11lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Weakened quickly in Kelso novice last month and needs to put that performance behind her but wasn't beaten far when fourth on first two hurdling starts (2m/2m4f, both on soft) and moves into handicaps with potential.

8/1

0

7

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

13:20 Kelso

Carrigeen Kali

10st 13lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Rallied for 8l fourth in mares' maiden hurdle at Newcastle (2m4f, soft) in November and today's extra yardage could prompt some improvement; however, she's 0-6 and there's a suspicion others have greater potential.

12/1

Form: 5346-P

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Ex-Tom Lacey; signs of promise in bumpers and over hurdles/fences; pulled up in a novice handicap hurdle on return from a 422-day break here last month; could go well.

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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: 35-F54

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Third in a Newcastle bumper in March (2m1f, heavy); modest form over hurdles, including on handicap debut at Newcastle last month (2m4f, heavy); more needed.

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4th

5

14th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

11:55 Newcastle

Greenhill Gardens

11st 4lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Third in heavy-ground bumper here in March and he was in contention when falling two out at Hexham (2m, soft) in October on his second hurdle start; somewhat underwhelming when fifth there (2m, heavy) next time but he could be on a good mark for his handicap debut, especially now up in trip.

4/1

5th

5

22nd Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

12:45 Hexham

Greenhill Gardens

11st 0lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Making steady progress; placed in a Newcastle bumper (heavy) in March; had not been asked a serious question before falling two out over C&D on last month's reappearance; more needed here but looks to have each-way potential.

10/1

Form: 6/PP-P

Last run: 86 days

W: 10st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Ex-Irish; 0-25; pulled up on three starts over fences since joining present yard; tongue-tie now tried; plenty to prove back over hurdles.

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0

2

14th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 7f 133y

Class 5

16:30 Hexham

Hell On Earth

11st 12lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: Catch Bissett

0-22 in Ireland and was pulled up in both starts for current yard in the spring, including over C&D (heavy); mark is tumbling but has plenty to prove after another absence.

16/1

Form: P76-P6

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Modest form at up to 3m over hurdles, although fair sixth at Musselburgh last time (3m, good to soft); 4lb out of the handicap; others stronger.

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2nd

6

26th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 70y

Class 5

16:45 Ayr

Gypseys Secret

10st 9lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Sandy Forster

Outran her 80-1 odds in novice hurdle at Kelso (2m6f, soft) six weeks ago; however, she's far from certain to back up that effort, being an inconsistent maiden; handicap record is unconvincing.

7/1

3rd

8

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

13:20 Kelso

Gypseys Secret

10st 13lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Sandy Forster

Has shown some ability but 0-10 and looks vulnerable once more.

50/1

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Verdict

In a weakish handicap the progressive CREAM OF THE WEST is taken to follow up his win here last time despite a 5lb rise. Stable companion Carrigeen Kali and Toucan Sam look his main dangers.[Colin Russell]