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17:00 Ayr

Soft

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

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

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.00
  • Place: £1.90

Form: 4116P5 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Filly

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Pulled up/well beaten over fences/hurdles on her two handicap starts and a return to form is needed; however, she's in top hands and a case can be made judged on her two novice wins last September (2m4f/2m1f, good to soft/heavy); not discounted.

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

7th

11

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 2

15:00 Ayr

Presenting Nelly

10st 2lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Dan Skelton

Won two novice hurdles last September (2m4f/2m1f; good to soft/heavy); pulled up/well beaten over fences/hurdles in first two handicaps but was a ready winner over 2m4f here yesterday; unpenalised but has more to prove up in trip if turning up again from out of the weights.

12/1

1st

6

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

17:00 Ayr

Presenting Nelly

11st 1lb

J: Mr Sean O’Connor

T: Dan Skelton

in touch with leaders on outer

8/1

16/1

  • Place: £3.90

Form: 736224 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Ex-Willie Mullins; useful dual-purpose performer in his prime; however, on a reduced mark but he's been beaten in claiming/selling hurdles on his last three starts and others have more compelling claims.

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

5th

6

(5)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 209y

Class 4

17:10 Ascot

Foveros

9st 9lb

J: Jack Doughty

T: Henry Oliver

took keen hold, prominent

14/1

2nd

5

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

17:00 Ayr

Foveros

11st 7lb

J: Miss Isabella Oliver

T: Henry Oliver

walked into the start, held up in rear

16/1

4th

3

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 4

14:45 Wetherby

Foveros

11st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Henry Oliver

Ex-Willie Mullins; formerly a very useful hurdler; nothing like as good these days but fair runs in 1m7f claimers on last two outings; stays this trip well, but last hurdles win was in 2019.

11/4

9/2

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 409014

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Faded into fourth at Wincanton (2m5f, soft) last time and needs a bigger performance today, but earlier last month he won under Paddy Hanlon at Carlisle (2m3f, soft) and he's a player if rediscovering that form; wears cheekpieces for first time over hurdles (ran okay in them once on the Flat).

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

1

10th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 100y

19:20 Downpatrick

Seasett

12st 0lb

J: Shane Fenelon

T: John Joseph Hanlon

towards rear

6/1

3rd

8

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

17:00 Ayr

Seasett

10st 11lb

J: Mr Paddy Hanlon

T: John Joseph Hanlon

towards rear

9/2

4th

10

27th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

14:00 Wincanton

Seasett

11st 1lb

J: Mr James King

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Travelled well and won with a bit more in hand at Carlisle (2m3f, soft) than a neck margin may suggest; must have a chance off just 4lb higher.

6/1

100/30

Form: 555122 D

Last run: 75 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Won at Musselburgh (2m4f, good to soft) in December and runner-up there the next twice (2m4f, soft); strong claims if his fine form continues now at a different track; won at Cork early in career; fair fifth here in November.

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

1st

6

10th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 16y

Class 3

15:15 Market Rasen

Lihyan

11st 3lb

J: William Maggs

T: Rebecca Menzies

Wins have been at 2m1f (good) and 2m4f (good to soft); unraced beyond the latter distance but he's running well and a strong traveller; hard to rule out.

9/1

4th

4

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

17:00 Ayr

Lihyan

11st 11lb

J: Ben Smith

T: Rebecca Menzies

held up in rear

100/30

2nd

7

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

16:05 Musselburgh

Lihyan

11st 9lb

J: William Maggs

T: Rebecca Menzies

Capitalised on a reduced mark to win by just over 5l over C&D (good to soft) in December; again came from the rear to challenge strongly under William Maggs over C&D (soft) one month ago but was seen off by Duyfken and is back up another 5lb today; place chance.

13/2

Form: 13P-33 CD

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Following a layoff he's been soundly beaten in third on his two starts this year; however, this 6yo may be working his way back to form and completed a double with C&D novice win (heavy) in January 2023; not written off.

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

5th

2

11th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

18:35 Warwick

Glen Cannel

11st 10lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: L J Morgan

jumped right on occasions, led

7/2

5th

2

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

17:00 Ayr

Glen Cannel

11st 13lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: L J Morgan

disputed lead early, led overall 2nd

6/1

Form: 5-4156 CD

Last run: 30 days

W: 12st 0lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

13yo who has been well beaten over C&D and at Haydock the last twice; however, he's a four-time course winner, with the latest of those over C&D in December (soft), and he's not ruled out at his favourite track.

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

6th

1

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

17:00 Ayr

Better Getalong

12st 0lb

J: Miss Ella McGarry

T: Nicky Richards

disputed lead early, raced in second after 2nd

14/1

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

Form: -43123 CD BF

Last run: 244 days

W: 10st 6lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

12yo who has contested the last five runnings of this race with form figures of 21542; this is his first outing since last August but he can go well fresh and lines up on a handy mark; could be involved once more.

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

5th

7

8th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 96y

Class 4

14:40 Kelso

Castletown

10st 10lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Veteran with an ordinary strike-rate but does like these conditions; should be better for a recent spin over hurdles but surprise if there's not one or two too good back over fences.

7/1

7th

9

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

17:00 Ayr

Castletown

10st 6lb

J: Jack Power

T: Lucinda Russell

in touch with leaders

13/2

Form: 826

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Has shown ability in 2m/2m1f novice hurdles and this 3m point runner-up, who is a half-brother to two winning stayers, could relish the step up in trip on today's handicap debut; firmly in calculations.

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

8th

7

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

17:00 Ayr

Benefit Ben

10st 12lb

J: James Turner

T: Sandy Thomson

in touch with leaders on inner

9/2

6th

5

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

13:27 Newcastle

Benefit Ben

11st 5lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

held up in last, not fluent 4th

9/1

2nd

2

7th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 4

14:10 Sedgefield

Benefit Ben

11st 7lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

midfield

33/1

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Non-runners

Barrichello

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £723.00
Straight Forecast £717.00
Tricast £4168.30
Trifecta £2649.00

Selections

Telegraph:

Lihyan

SPOTLIGHT:

Benefit Ben

TOPSPEED:

Castletown

RP RATINGS:

Glen Cannel

The Times:

Seasett

POSTDATA:

Glen Cannel

The Guardian:

Benefit Ben

D Express:

Benefit Ben

Daily Mirror:

Lihyan

The Sun:

Lihyan

Daily Record:

Lihyan

Daily Mail:

Castletown

The Star:

Castletown