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13:50 Ayr

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CPMS Novices’ Champion Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £25720
  • 3m 0f 20y
  • Class 2
  • 13 runners
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CPMS Novices’ Champion Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

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10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £8.00
  • Place: £2.80

Form: 114349

Last run: 37 days

W: 12st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Top-class hurdler who has shown a good level of form over fences, banging his head against a wall in Grade 1s in his last four appearances; finished fourth in last season's County Hurdle in his last handicap assignment and that was off an 8lb higher mark; may run well, though stamina could be an issue on this belated first run beyond 2m4f.

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6th

6

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 213y

18:00 Punchestown

Sharjah

11st 10lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

High-class hurdler had been mixing it at the top level over fences this season at shorter trips before third chase win when dropped in grade at Ayr 10 days ago, patiently ridden and seeing the 3m out well when giving away lumps of weight in novice handicap; drying ground should help his cause and not one to rule out.

10/1

1st

1

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 2

13:50 Ayr

Sharjah

12st 0lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Top-class hurdler who has shown a good level of form over fences, banging his head against a wall in Grade 1s in his last four appearances; finished fourth in last season's County Hurdle in his last handicap assignment and that was off an 8lb higher mark; may run well, though stamina could be an issue on this belated first run beyond 2m4f.

10/1

9

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 168y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Sharjah

11st 7lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Similar profile to Zanahiyr, having performed well in two Champion Hurdles (runner-up in 2020 and 2021); has shown a good level of form over fences, including Grade 3 success over 2m4f, but subsequent Grade 1 defeats reinforce the unlikelihood of a belated first Cheltenham Festival success now aged 11; no horse older than eight has won this contest.

25/1

16/1

  • Place: £3.90

Form: /42124 C BF

Last run: 42 days

W: 10st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

First (2m4f) and second (2m; again heavy) in two course handicaps on his switch to fences before a disappointing run on good ground (2m4f) on his latest visit; appeared to stay 3m over hurdles and on goes the tongue-tie; today's race demands his best form yet.

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2nd

11

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 2

13:50 Ayr

Ballycoose

10st 5lb

J: J J Slevin

T: S R B Crawford

First (2m4f) and second (2m; again heavy) in two course handicaps on his switch to fences before a disappointing run on good ground (2m4f) on his latest visit; appeared to stay 3m over hurdles and on goes the tongue-tie; today's race demands his best form yet.

16/1

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

14/1

  • Place: £3.30

Form: 5-2243

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Bumper/hurdle winner who is 0-6 over fences and this is a tough race in which to make the breakthrough; probably no more than place claims even if the cheekpieces trigger something.

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3rd

13

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 2

13:50 Ayr

Donny Boy

10st 4lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Bumper/hurdle winner who is 0-6 over fences and this is a tough race in which to make the breakthrough; probably no more than place claims even if the cheekpieces trigger something.

14/1

3rd

3

19th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 3

15:45 Wetherby

Donny Boy

11st 2lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: N W Alexander

in touch with leaders, went third and challenging 3 out, ridden and weakened last

11/4

4th

5

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 3

15:50 Doncaster

Donny Boy

10st 7lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: N W Alexander

0-4 over fences but ran big race and lost out only by a head at Newcastle (2m7f, good) five weeks ago; only 3lb higher here and needs to be taken very seriously.

11/2

Form: 752613 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Made it 2-2 at Newbury when winning a 2m6f handicap there by 10l in January (good to soft); that triggered a 9lb rise which anchored him when a well-held there back there a month ago; held by Deeper Blue on that form.

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4th

8

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 2

13:50 Ayr

Abuffalosoldier

10st 9lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Made it 2-2 at Newbury when winning a 2m6f handicap there by 10l in January (good to soft); that triggered a 9lb rise which anchored him when a well-held there back there a month ago; held by Deeper Blue on that form.

12/1

3rd

3

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

14:30 Newbury

Abuffalosoldier

11st 5lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Showed the benefit of a wind op when posting career-best performance to win by 10l here (2m6f, good to soft) in first-time cheekpieces in January; went up 9lb for that but still enters calculations.

100/30

1st

1

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 4

14:35 Newbury

Abuffalosoldier

12st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Clear best effort over fences when second at Hereford (3m1f, good) in November; had wind surgery since last run; now wears first-time headgear; sole start at Newbury resulted in 3m hurdle win off 1lb higher; interesting back here.

8/1

Form: 25-533 BF

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Below the best of his hurdle form in three runs over fences and failed to quash stamina doubts over this far when a weakening third last time at Kempton (3m, good to soft); Dan Skelton happy to persevere with this trip, however, and he's on a perfectly good mark.

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5th

10

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 2

13:50 Ayr

Hitching Jacking

10st 6lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Below the best of his hurdle form in three runs over fences and failed to quash stamina doubts over this far when a weakening third last time at Kempton (3m, good to soft); Dan Skelton happy to persevere with this trip, however, and he's on a perfectly good mark.

6/1

3rd

4

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:55 Kempton

Hitching Jacking

11st 10lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Finished a creditable third of seven finishers over 2m4f at Doncaster (good to soft; first-time cheekpieces, retained); his current mark shouldn't be beyond him but he hasn't looked to relish a stamina test in two runs beyond that trip and there are more certain stayers in the field.

7/1

Form: 6-14P1 C

Last run: 77 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Only midfield in an AW 1m4f novice last time (in March) but had previously appreciated the demotion from Graded races to win a 2m4f handicap at Musselburgh (good to soft; 6lb lower) with a bit up his sleeve; was always a good horse over hurdles (often highly tried) and brings each-way hopes.

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6th

2

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 2

13:50 Ayr

Marble Sands

12st 0lb

J: Nick Slatter

T: David Killahena & Graeme McPherson

Only midfield in an AW 1m4f novice last time (in March) but had previously appreciated the demotion from Graded races to win a 2m4f handicap at Musselburgh (good to soft; 6lb lower) with a bit up his sleeve; was always a good horse over hurdles (often highly tried) and brings each-way hopes.

15/2

6th

4

(6)

5th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 4f 14y

Class 4

17:30 Southwell (AW)

Marble Sands

9st 5lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: David Killahena & Graeme McPherson

Smart performer over jumps, including a Listed success over hurdles early last year; comes into this in good heart having won over fences last month and fascinating to see what the market says about him on Flat debut (won a bumper as a 4yo).

6/1

Form: 2-4251

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

On a career-high mark after going up 8lb for winning at Newbury (2m6f, good to soft) but impressed with how he jumped and travelled that day (won easily); that was also a new trip for him, offering plenty of encouragement for this far.

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7th

12

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 2

13:50 Ayr

Maclaine

10st 5lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

On a career-high mark after going up 8lb for winning at Newbury (2m6f, good to soft) but impressed with how he jumped and travelled that day (won easily); that was also a new trip for him, offering plenty of encouragement for this far.

8/1

1st

4

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 4

16:43 Newbury

Maclaine

11st 8lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Close second at Doncaster (2m4f, good to soft) in December but he was well below that form at same track the following month; was reported to have bled last time and is still unexposed over fences but he's untried at this trip and others are more persuasive.

9/2

5th

3

28th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 31y

Class 4

12:50 Doncaster

Maclaine

11st 12lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Sent chasing for new yard this term, back to his best when second of 12 in handicap here (2m4f, good to soft) on latest start; should be on the premises off an unchanged mark, with potential too.

11/4

Form: 114113 D BF

Last run: 49 days

W: 10st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

A five-timer last year included three hurdles and two chases; won again in this discipline at Kelso (2m7f, soft) in January before finishing alone in a match; can make mistakes (as was the case when below par last time) but there's no knocking his strike-rate.

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8th

6

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 2

13:50 Ayr

Special Rate

10st 13lb

J: Thomas Dowson

T: Philip Kirby

A five-timer last year included three hurdles and two chases; won again in this discipline at Kelso (2m7f, soft) in January before finishing alone in a match; can make mistakes (as was the case when below par last time) but there's no knocking his strike-rate.

16/1

3rd

2

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 3

16:00 Kelso

Special Rate

11st 9lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Philip Kirby

didn't always jump with fluency, held up in last but in touch with leaders, headway and went second 2 out, soon ridden, lost second last, weakened run-in

9/4

1st

2

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 3

16:00 Kelso

Special Rate

10st 11lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Philip Kirby

made all, not fluent 12th, left alone 2 out

15/8

Form: 4-4111 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Brought up the hat-trick at Bangor four weeks ago (3m, soft) but that looked unlikely for much of the race and jumping out to the right didn't help his cause; if that trait continues here then he'll do well to defy a 6lb rise in this much stronger race.

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9th

9

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 2

13:50 Ayr

Montgomery

10st 8lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Brought up the hat-trick at Bangor four weeks ago (3m, soft) but that looked unlikely for much of the race and jumping out to the right didn't help his cause; if that trait continues here then he'll do well to defy a 6lb rise in this much stronger race.

7/1

1st

4

23rd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 30y

Class 3

14:30 Bangor-on-Dee

Montgomery

11st 3lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Low-mileage 7yo who won by 8l over C&D (heavy) on last month's stable/chase debut and easily followed up at Leicester (2m6f, soft) a fortnight ago; shooting up the weights, but it's hard to tell when his improvement will level off.

10/11

1st

1

8th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 5

15:50 Leicester

Montgomery

12st 7lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Looked a cut above this level when returning to make a winning chase and stable debut at Bangor (3m, heavy; beating a bang-in-form rival) last week; carries a 7lb penalty for that success (is due a 10lb rise), so ought to prove tough to beat despite the concession of weight all round.

8/11

Form: -31124 D BF

Last run: 70 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Sharp improver this season over fences, winning 2m6f/2m7f handicaps at Newbury (good to soft) before posting his best RPR yet in defeat at Cheltenham (3m1f, heavy); now has to bounce back from a complete blowout back at Newbury and his tendency to hang would appear a trait going nowhere, but the ability is there to take a hand; now tongue tied.

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3

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 2

13:50 Ayr

Inch House

11st 3lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Sharp improver this season over fences, winning 2m6f/2m7f handicaps at Newbury (good to soft) before posting his best RPR yet in defeat at Cheltenham (3m1f, heavy); now has to bounce back from a complete blowout back at Newbury and his tendency to hang would appear a trait going nowhere, but the ability is there to take a hand; now tongue tied.

8/1

4th

2

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

15:50 Newbury

Inch House

11st 6lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Has a most progressive profile and travelled strongly before winning here in November (this distance) and December (2m6f), both on good to soft ground; notched another personal best when second of five at Cheltenham (3m1f, heavy) on New Year's Day; may take another step forward and he tops the list, bidding to maintain a 100% record at Newbury.

6/5

2nd

4

1st Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 56y

Class 2

13:30 Cheltenham

Inch House

11st 6lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

in touch with leaders, not fluent 5 out, headway home turn, hung left before 2 out

15/8

Form: 4-1113 D BF

Last run: 84 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Hit the ground running over fences with a hat-trick in handicaps (2m4f-2m7f) and this prominent racer was clear when clouting three out at Doncaster in January (3m, good; fine on softer; first run in cheekpieces); there was sufficient promise in that run to suggest he remains on a workable mark; respected.

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4

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 2

13:50 Ayr

Young Buster

11st 2lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

Hit the ground running over fences with a hat-trick in handicaps (2m4f-2m7f) and this prominent racer was clear when clouting three out at Doncaster in January (3m, good; fine on softer; first run in cheekpieces); there was sufficient promise in that run to suggest he remains on a workable mark; respected.

14/1

3rd

2

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 3

15:50 Doncaster

Young Buster

11st 2lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Kept on stoutly to score at Kelso (2m6f, heavy) last month and is now 3-3 over fences; also suited by good ground and could have more improvement to come if aided by the addition of cheekpieces; major player.

9/2

Form: 0-2155 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Looked good in winning off 3lb lower at Huntingdon in November (2m7f, good to soft) but he did beat a horse who struggles to win and his subsequent runs, on either side of wind surgery, have been nothing like so good; finished behind Deeper Blue and Abuffalosoldier last time at Newbury.

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5

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 2

13:50 Ayr

Mofasa

11st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Looked good in winning off 3lb lower at Huntingdon in November (2m7f, good to soft) but he did beat a horse who struggles to win and his subsequent runs, on either side of wind surgery, have been nothing like so good; finished behind Deeper Blue and Abuffalosoldier last time at Newbury.

12/1

5th

1

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

14:30 Newbury

Mofasa

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Came good for Paul Nicholls at second attempt, at Huntingdon (2m7f, good to soft) in November; reportedly made a respiratory noise when below form behind Are U Wise To That at Cheltenham in December but was given a wind op soon afterwards and probably still has potential.

6/1

5th

1

16th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 1f 56y

Class 3

12:40 Cheltenham

Mofasa

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

pressed leader, hit 8th, not fluent 4 out, soon lost second, weakened approaching last

3/1

Form: 6-2822

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in three of his five chases and latest Newbury conqueror (2m7f, good to soft) was well handicapped on a going day; there was near enough 10l back to Abuffalosoldier who had been 2-2 at that track; it's probably strong form for the grade and this 8yo is just 3lb higher now tried in cheekpieces.

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7

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 2

13:50 Ayr

Deeper Blue

10st 13lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Runner-up in three of his five chases and latest Newbury conqueror (2m7f, good to soft) was well handicapped on a going day; there was near enough 10l back to Abuffalosoldier who had been 2-2 at that track; it's probably strong form for the grade and this 8yo is just 3lb higher now tried in cheekpieces.

6/1

2nd

4

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

14:30 Newbury

Deeper Blue

11st 5lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

0-4 over fences but bounced back from a disappointing run when second to subsequent Grade 2 winner Henry's Friend at Hereford (2m5f, good to soft) in January and could quite plausibly have untapped potential over this longer trip; respected.

4/1

2nd

3

29th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 3

15:30 Hereford

Deeper Blue

11st 6lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Two hurdle wins in March 2022; just three outings since and although never nearer than at the finish on second chase start, when second of six finishers at Plumpton (2m3f, good to soft) in October, he was beaten a long way out at Doncaster since; shaky win claims after that.

12/1

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Payout
Exacta £1234.00
Straight Forecast £826.50
Tricast £7812.10
Trifecta £11827.00

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Deeper Blue

D Express:

Maclaine

POSTDATA:

Abuffalosoldier

The Times:

Hitching Jacking

SPOTLIGHT:

Inch House

Telegraph:

Mofasa

Daily Record:

Montgomery

TOPSPEED:

Donny Boy

The Sun:

Maclaine

LAMBOURN:

Abuffalosoldier

WEST COUNTRY:

Deeper Blue

The Guardian:

Deeper Blue

Daily Mail:

Deeper Blue

Daily Mirror:

Deeper Blue

The Star:

Deeper Blue