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16:45 Ayr

Soft

Tennent’s Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £10406
  • 2m 4f 100y
  • Class 3
  • 6 runners
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Tennent’s Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

5/6 (Won)

  • Win: £1.73
  • Place: £1.20

Form: P4-113

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Has a 3m Grade 1 entry at Punchestown; kicked off for this yard with wins in two minor hurdles before showing much improved form to finish a 2l third in the Martin Pipe Handicap at Cheltenham (2m4f, heavy) for which he was a big talking horse beforehand; travelled well then before staying on and that effort gives him compelling claims in a race of this nature.

Place /
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Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

2

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 3

16:45 Ayr

Quai De Bourbon

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Has a 3m Grade 1 entry at Punchestown; kicked off for this yard with wins in two minor hurdles before showing much improved form to finish a 2l third in the Martin Pipe Handicap at Cheltenham (2m4f, heavy) for which he was a big talking horse beforehand; travelled well then before staying on and that effort gives him compelling claims in a race of this nature.

5/6

3rd

5

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Quai De Bourbon

11st 7lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: W P Mullins

Ex-French youngster who is 2-2 (2m3f/2m) since joining Willie Mullins, who has won this contest four times; all out in small field at Clonmel (2m, heavy) last time, having jumped none too fluently, and that form lacks depth; however, he looks open to further progress now up in trip and has to be feared given the yard he represents.

3/1

1st

2

11th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 116y

13:35 Clonmel

Quai De Bourbon

11st 9lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Half-brother to the trainer's 2m maiden hurdle winner Quais De Paris; two French hurdle runs in 2022 were marred by poor jumping; recovered from an error three out to win readily on Irish debut at Naas last month; may ultimately need further, but can build on that if brushing up his jumping.

8/13

OUR TIP

20/1

  • Place: £3.40

Form: 2-1215 D

Last run: 84 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Bumper winner who beat a useful horse to get off the mark over hurdles at Ludlow in November (2m5f, good to soft); the penalty found him out in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham next time and it could be a similar tale here.

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Verdict Starting price

2nd

1

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 3

16:45 Ayr

Choccabloc

11st 12lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Bumper winner who beat a useful horse to get off the mark over hurdles at Ludlow in November (2m5f, good to soft); the penalty found him out in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham next time and it could be a similar tale here.

20/1

5th

1

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Choccabloc

11st 8lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nicky Henderson

Bumper winner who was all out to get off the mark over hurdles at Ludlow (2m5f, good to soft) last time but the front two were miles clear and the runner-up appeared strongly fancied for a novice handicap at Lingfield last week only to depart mid-race; still has a lot to find in this company and James Bowen (aboard last time) rides the yard's other one.

33/1

1st

2

9th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 2

15:10 Ludlow

Choccabloc

11st 2lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Bumper winner; just pipped on last month's hurdle debut here (2m); that sets a good standard for the rest to aim at, especially as he's likely to appreciate this longer trip.

Evs

Form: 0-2124

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Dual bumper winner (good/soft) and won a Haydock novice (heavy) on his second run over hurdles; limitations somewhat exposed since then (in good company) and could be up against it again here; unraced beyond 2m2f.

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3rd

3

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 3

16:45 Ayr

Berties Ballet

11st 8lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Dianne Sayer

Dual bumper winner (good/soft) and won a Haydock novice (heavy) on his second run over hurdles; limitations somewhat exposed since then (in good company) and could be up against it again here; unraced beyond 2m2f.

20/1

4th

4

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 25y

Class 1

14:17 Kelso

Berties Ballet

11st 5lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Dianne Sayer

held up in rear, hampered by faller 1st, dropped to last before 3rd

20/1

Form: 12 D BF

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Impressive winner of a 2m4f Leopardstown maiden (soft) in March and would have pushed his market rival (Willie Mullins novice) closer at Navan had he not fluffed the last flight; has a 3m Grade 1 entry at Punchestown and he's open to considerable improvement.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

8

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 3

16:45 Ayr

Twoohthree

11st 8lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Impressive winner of a 2m4f Leopardstown maiden (soft) in March and would have pushed his market rival (Willie Mullins novice) closer at Navan had he not fluffed the last flight; has a 3m Grade 1 entry at Punchestown and he's open to considerable improvement.

4/1

2nd

3

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 150y

15:58 Navan

Twoohthree

11st 4lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Narrow winner of a Lingstown point last November for Sean Doyle; ran away with a maiden hurdle at Leopardstown early this month, beating a stablemate by 27l in a race in which the Willie Mullins-trained odds-on favourite had a veterinary excuse for his failure; could be progressive.

7/4

Form: 1 D

Last run: 82 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

1m4f good-ground winner in France (ran only twice); returning from 548 days off when well on top in the finish of a 2m4f maiden at Punchestown in January (heavy; some novicey jumping) and impossible to know how good he could be; holds Grade 1 entries at Punchestown over 2m, 2m3f and 3m.

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3

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 45y

19:05 Punchestown

Billericay Dickie

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

prominent on inner early, towards rear when mistake and lost ground 5 out, soon dropped to last, pulled up before 4 out

14/1

5th

4

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 3

16:45 Ayr

Billericay Dickie

11st 8lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

1m4f good-ground winner in France (ran only twice); returning from 548 days off when well on top in the finish of a 2m4f maiden at Punchestown in January (heavy; some novicey jumping) and impossible to know how good he could be; holds Grade 1 entries at Punchestown over 2m, 2m3f and 3m.

100/30

1st

2

29th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

14:40 Punchestown

Billericay Dickie

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

New Bay 5yo is third foal of a Listed-placed 1m2f winner (RPR 98), herself a half-sister to French 12.5f Group 2 winner Ebiyza; won 1m4f Vichy maiden (good) on latter of two starts in France in 2022 for F H Graffard; long absence since of no concern coming from these quarters and holds a pair of Cheltenham Festival entries.

8/11

Form: 61-251 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Winning chaser in France and first two runs for this yard were over fences; made all on his return to hurdling at Plumpton (2m4f, soft) and probably beat a good horse, despite that one flopping since; lightly raced and in top hands, so hard to dismiss.

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6th

6

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 3

16:45 Ayr

Jetronic

11st 8lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Winning chaser in France and first two runs for this yard were over fences; made all on his return to hurdling at Plumpton (2m4f, soft) and probably beat a good horse, despite that one flopping since; lightly raced and in top hands, so hard to dismiss.

16/1

1st

6

11th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

14:00 Plumpton

Jetronic

11st 0lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

made all, led at slow pace, increased tempo going easily 3 out

9/4

5th

5

12th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 3

14:15 Sandown

Jetronic

11st 3lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

4yo who won narrowly on chasing debut in France (2m1f, very soft) in March; no match for the winner in a four-runner race at Cheltenham (2m, good) 16 days ago but that was a solid British debut, which he should be able to build on; probably a major player.

5/2

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Payout
Exacta £104.00
Straight Forecast £111.60
Trifecta £399.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Quai De Bourbon

The Times:

Billericay Dickie

TOPSPEED:

Twoohthree

LAMBOURN:

Choccabloc

WEST COUNTRY:

Jetronic

Daily Mail:

Billericay Dickie

Daily Record:

Billericay Dickie

POSTDATA:

Twoohthree

RP RATINGS:

Quai De Bourbon

Telegraph:

Quai De Bourbon

The Guardian:

Quai De Bourbon

D Express:

Quai De Bourbon

Daily Mirror:

Quai De Bourbon

The Sun:

Quai De Bourbon

The Star:

Quai De Bourbon