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16:30 Ayr

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GS Group “Hands & Heels” Handicap Hurdle (Conditionals’/Amateur Riders’) (RE Series Finale) (Div I)

  • Prize money: £5281
  • 2m 4f 100y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
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GS Group “Hands & Heels” Handicap Hurdle (Conditionals’/Amateur Riders’) (RE Series Finale) (Div I)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.75
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 658011 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Won when upped in trip on last month's handicap debut at Sedgefield (2m4f, soft) and followed up at Wincanton (2m4f, soft); came miles clear with an unexposed, well-backed runner-up last time and a 10lb rise may not prevent another win from this progressive 5yo.

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

1st

4

26th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 5

16:25 Perth

Plaisir Des Flos

11st 10lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

ducked sharply left start, in rear

5/4

1st

8

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

16:30 Ayr

Plaisir Des Flos

10st 9lb

J: Miss Fern O’Brien

T: Fergal O’Brien

Won when upped in trip on last month's handicap debut at Sedgefield (2m4f, soft) and followed up at Wincanton (2m4f, soft); came miles clear with an unexposed, well-backed runner-up last time and a 10lb rise may not prevent another win from this progressive 5yo.

3/1

7/2

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 1-2321

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Bumper winner who was placed on his first three hurdle starts (2m-2m5f) before winning easily at 1-6 at Wincanton (1m7f, soft) last month; his jumping is a work in progress but he's in top hands and it will be no surprise if he is a serious force on this handicap debut.

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2nd

2

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

16:30 Ayr

Dont Tell Su

11st 11lb

J: Mr Charlie Sprake

T: Paul Nicholls

Bumper winner who was placed on his first three hurdle starts (2m-2m5f) before winning easily at 1-6 at Wincanton (1m7f, soft) last month; his jumping is a work in progress but he's in top hands and it will be no surprise if he is a serious force on this handicap debut.

7/2

1

27th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

16:35 Wincanton

Dont Tell Su

11st 6lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Beat a good horse in winning his Chepstow bumper; ran into subsequent Grade 2 winner Minella Missile on his hurdling debut there and placed again since then, over 2m and 2m5f; did get turned over at odds of 4-11 on his penultimate run but even a repeat of that form (which was below his best) might be sufficient here.

1/4

2nd

2

29th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 163y

Class 4

14:00 Hereford

Dont Tell Su

11st 5lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Chepstow bumper winner who looked green but was the only one to offer any resistance to a subsequent Grade 2 winner when runner-up on hurdle debut there (2m3f, good to soft); perhaps found 2m on soft ground against him when turned over at Exeter since but remains of interest.

2/1

25/1

  • Place: £6.40

Form: -649P8 CD

Last run: 75 days

W: 11st 6lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Won this last year and now 8lb lower; market check advised but this 12yo has been below par on his last few runs; needs to turn things around.

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3rd

5

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

16:30 Ayr

Voix Du Reve

11st 6lb

J: Mr Dominic Hislop

T: Iain Jardine

Won this last year and now 8lb lower; market check advised but this 12yo has been below par on his last few runs; needs to turn things around.

25/1

8th

1

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

16:05 Musselburgh

Voix Du Reve

12st 0lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Iain Jardine

12yo who is 5lb lower than when winning at Ayr (2m4f, good) last April; had excuses here (bad mistake) and at Aintree (heavy going) on latest two outings, so he needs a second look.

16/1

Form: -17734

Last run: 64 days

W: 12st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Won maiden hurdle at Limerick (2m3f, heavy) in November and good third of 14 in Naas handicap (2m2f, soft) in January; fair fourth on chase debut at Clonmel last time; represents good Irish trainer and jockey Paddy Hanlon is 3-10 in Britain; contender now back over hurdles.

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2nd

13

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 3f 93y

15:05 Punchestown

Quest With Speed

10st 12lb

J: Shane Fenelon

T: John Joseph Hanlon

took keen hold, midfield

25/1

4th

1

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

16:30 Ayr

Quest With Speed

12st 2lb

J: Mr Paddy Hanlon

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Won maiden hurdle at Limerick (2m3f, heavy) in November and good third of 14 in Naas handicap (2m2f, soft) in January; fair fourth on chase debut at Clonmel last time; represents good Irish trainer and jockey Paddy Hanlon is 3-10 in Britain; contender now back over hurdles.

9/1

4th

7

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:40 Clonmel

Quest With Speed

11st 12lb

J: Shane Fenelon

T: John Joseph Hanlon

in touch with leaders, jumped slightly left 2nd, mistake and lost ground 10th, mistake 4 out, mistake 3 out, soon headway and prominent

8/1

Form: 763242

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Runner-up on two of his last three starts but was no match for the winner when occupying that position at Exeter (2m5f, soft) last month, and he's just 1-15 over hurdles; others are more compelling.

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5th

4

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

16:30 Ayr

Front View

11st 8lb

J: Benjamin Macey

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Runner-up on two of his last three starts but was no match for the winner when occupying that position at Exeter (2m5f, soft) last month, and he's just 1-15 over hurdles; others are more compelling.

9/1

2nd

4

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 4

15:30 Exeter

Front View

11st 11lb

J: James Smith

T: Jonjo O’Neill

in touch with leaders

15/2

4th

2

26th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 4

13:50 Sandown

Front View

12st 1lb

J: Tpr Lucy Westlake

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Ex-Joseph O'Brien; not as good as he was by the looks but placed the last twice (3m, heavy) and produced an honest effort to take second at Haydock; it could be that he needs that longer trip these days but this a stiff track.

7/1

Form: 421414 CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

2-2 over C&D, those wins coming comfortably under Ben Smith in handicaps this year (heavy/good to soft); fair fourth at Carlisle last time and this unexposed 5yo could have more to offer now back here; player.

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6th

6

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

16:30 Ayr

Follow Charlie

11st 0lb

J: Ben Smith

T: R Mike Smith

2-2 over C&D, those wins coming comfortably under Ben Smith in handicaps this year (heavy/good to soft); fair fourth at Carlisle last time and this unexposed 5yo could have more to offer now back here; player.

8/1

4th

4

30th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 61y

Class 4

17:25 Carlisle

Follow Charlie

11st 10lb

J: Ben Smith

T: R Mike Smith

Has won two of his four starts under Ben Smith, latterly coming clear in the closing stages at Ayr (2m4f, good to soft; fine on softer); impressive enough there to earn an 8lb rise but he's in top form and probably improving.

5/2

1st

2

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 5

15:00 Ayr

Follow Charlie

11st 12lb

J: Ben Smith

T: R Mike Smith

Bumped into revitalised opponent when second here (2m, soft) on handicap debut in December and was evidently suited by the move up in trip when winning by 10l over C&D (heavy) in January; managed only fourth at Newcastle last month but remains of interest.

9/2

Form: -4173P C

Last run: 42 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Inconsistent and 3lb out of the handicap today; pulled up over C&D last month after bad mistake four out; however, he won here (2m2f, soft) in December and also kept on well when third at sharp Musselburgh (2m4f, soft) in February; only five and open to improvement when back on song.

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7th

10

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

16:30 Ayr

Beat The Retreat

10st 2lb

J: Dylan Whelan

T: N W Alexander

Inconsistent and 3lb out of the handicap today; pulled up over C&D last month after bad mistake four out; however, he won here (2m2f, soft) in December and also kept on well when third at sharp Musselburgh (2m4f, soft) in February; only five and open to improvement when back on song.

25/1

7

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 5

15:00 Ayr

Beat The Retreat

11st 6lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: N W Alexander

Came good over hurdles here (2m2f, soft) in December, his fifth attempt, and put a lesser effort behind him when keeping-on third at Musselburgh (2m4f, soft) last month; not yet fully exposed; enters calculations.

6/1

3rd

3

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

15:50 Musselburgh

Beat The Retreat

11st 6lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: N W Alexander

in touch with leaders on outer

15/2

OUR TIP

Form: 38-03P D

Last run: 67 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Colt

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

With a leading trainer and he's dropped to a dangerous mark; could get back on track at some stage and a market check is advised, but he's struggled on his three outings this season.

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8th

3

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

16:30 Ayr

Rocky Man

11st 9lb

J: Mr Sean O’Connor

T: Dan Skelton

With a leading trainer and he's dropped to a dangerous mark; could get back on track at some stage and a market check is advised, but he's struggled on his three outings this season.

12/1

2

12th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 66y

Class 4

14:00 Catterick

Rocky Man

11st 12lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

raced wide, took keen hold, held up in rear, headway 6th, outpaced and dropped to rear after 3 out, pulled up after 2 out

11/4

3rd

2

21st Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 110y

Class 3

14:20 Lingfield

Rocky Man

11st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

led, not fluent 3rd, headed before 2 out, not fluent 2 out, weakened approaching last

6/1

Form: 2U3111

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 10lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

4yo who is 3-3 in handicaps (all against older horses) and won easily last month on his first two starts for this yard (2m/2m2f, soft/heavy); his jumping has lacked fluency and he's 18lb higher than last time, but it remains to be seen where the ceiling of his ability lies; respected.

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7

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

16:30 Ayr

Billytherealbigred

10st 10lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

4yo who is 3-3 in handicaps (all against older horses) and won easily last month on his first two starts for this yard (2m/2m2f, soft/heavy); his jumping has lacked fluency and he's 18lb higher than last time, but it remains to be seen where the ceiling of his ability lies; respected.

11/4

1st

7

20th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 2f 140y

Class 5

16:40 Market Rasen

Billytherealbigred

10st 10lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

travelled strongly, didn't always jump with fluency, raced in second, disputed lead after 5th

1/2

1st

6

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

13:50 Warwick

Billytherealbigred

10st 4lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

took keen hold, made all

5/4

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Payout
Exacta £162.00
Straight Forecast £167.00
Tricast £3044.90
Trifecta £3217.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Plaisir Des Flos

RP RATINGS:

Billytherealbigred

TOPSPEED:

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Daily Mail:

Follow Charlie

D Express:

Quest With Speed

Daily Mirror:

Billytherealbigred

POSTDATA:

Plaisir Des Flos

Telegraph:

Plaisir Des Flos

The Guardian:

Plaisir Des Flos

The Star:

Plaisir Des Flos

The Times:

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