November 29 / 12.35 Ayr

12.35 Ayr

Soft

Virgin Bet Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £4030.04
  • 2m 4f 100y
  • Class 4
  • 10 runners
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Virgin Bet Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.25
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 3411-2 CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 115

Form & Verdict
Progressive mare who won a C&D novice (heavy) and a mares' handicap (2m5f, soft; cheekpieces first time) here last season; good second in a Kelso handicap (2m4f, soft) on reappearance and although 3lb higher should go well again.
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2nd

5

29th Dec 2022

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

12:28 Kelso

Charm Offensive

11st 8lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

in touch with leaders on inner

5/2

1st

1

29th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

12:35 Ayr

Charm Offensive

12st 0lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Progressive mare who won a C&D novice (heavy) and a mares' handicap (2m5f, soft; cheekpieces first time) here last season; good second in a Kelso handicap (2m4f, soft) on reappearance and although 3lb higher should go well again.

3/1

2nd

3

9th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

16:55 Ayr

Charm Offensive

11st 6lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: N W Alexander

took keen hold, held up in rear, not fluent 2nd, good headway before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, led last, kept on well but headed towards finish

11/4

OUR TIP

11/2

  • Place: £2.10

Form: /2133- D

Last run: 255 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Third in two handicaps (better effort on first occasion) after winning a Plumpton maiden hurdle last December (2m4f, good to soft); worth considering on stable debut.
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1st

5

26th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 5f 89y

Class 4

13:40 Market Rasen

Whistleinthedark

11st 7lb

J: Patrick Cowley

T: L J Morgan

took keen hold and made all

11/4

2nd

4

29th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

12:35 Ayr

Whistleinthedark

11st 9lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: L J Morgan

Third in two handicaps (better effort on first occasion) after winning a Plumpton maiden hurdle last December (2m4f, good to soft); worth considering on stable debut.

11/2

9/2

  • Place: £1.30

Form: 1-5 C

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced 6yo; won a course novice hurdle in October 2021 and fair fifth in a Kelso handicap last time (2m5f, good to soft) on only run since; each-way chance
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6th

9

7th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 7f 149y

Class 3

13:58 Newcastle

Gentleman De Mai

10st 13lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

midfield on inner, towards rear after 6th

100/30

3rd

8

29th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

12:35 Ayr

Gentleman De Mai

11st 2lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

Lightly raced 6yo; won a course novice hurdle in October 2021 and fair fifth in a Kelso handicap last time (2m5f, good to soft) on only run since; each-way chance

9/2

5th

1

5th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 5

16:24 Kelso

Gentleman De Mai

12st 0lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

in touch with leaders

2/1

Form: 8-6190

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict
Won a Downpatrick handicap hurdle in May (2m3f, yielding to soft) but needs to bounce back from two lesser runs since.
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16th

4

21st Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 0y

13:42 Navan

Kingfisher Lane

11st 6lb

J: J J Slevin

T: S R B Crawford

midfield, weakened and lost touch before 3 out

16/1

4th

2

2nd Jan 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

12:45 Ayr

Kingfisher Lane

11st 12lb

J: J J Slevin

T: S R B Crawford

Opened account with 33-1 success in Down Royal handicap (2m3f, yielding to soft) in May; by far the most exposed runner in this line-up (eight hurdle runs) but was very respectable fourth in soft-ground C&D handicap in November and won't be far away if in similar form today.

11/2

4th

2

29th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

12:35 Ayr

Kingfisher Lane

11st 10lb

J: Mr Stephen Connor

T: S R B Crawford

Won a Downpatrick handicap hurdle in May (2m3f, yielding to soft) but needs to bounce back from two lesser runs since.

25/1

Form: 62-46

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict
Best run when second to useful prospect in a Kelso novice (2m2f, good to soft) in April; not quite so good since but may fare better now stepped up in trip.
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2nd

2

26th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 5

16:15 Wetherby

Jet Legs

11st 13lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Martin Todhunter

Hasn't really threatened in 2m4f handicaps at Ayr the last twice (soft/heavy) but those were still fair efforts and he suffered interference when a 16l third of 17 last time; this lightly raced 6yo is open to improvement now up in trip and could have a part to play.

4/1

3rd

1

2nd Jan 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 100y

Class 5

13:15 Ayr

Jet Legs

12st 0lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Martin Todhunter

Went close in 2m2f Kelso novice last spring and started off in handicaps with two very respectable runs in November, the latter over C&D; another 2lb lower today and makes more appeal than several of these.

8/1

5th

9

29th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

12:35 Ayr

Jet Legs

11st 0lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: Martin Todhunter

Best run when second to useful prospect in a Kelso novice (2m2f, good to soft) in April; not quite so good since but may fare better now stepped up in trip.

16/1

Form: 55-227

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 3lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Good second in a Cartmel handicap in July (2m6f, good) but well beaten at Newcastle this month on only run since; a bit to prove.
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4th

17

10th Jan 2023

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 5

12:15 Doncaster

Young Moloney

11st 1lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Daragh Bourke

Ex-Irish; runner-up in Cartmel handicap (2m6f, good) in July on second run for current trainer, but has fared less well both starts since; needs to bounce back.

16/1

6

9th Dec 2022

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 4

13:40 Doncaster

Young Moloney

10st 4lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Daragh Bourke

Runner-up on handicap debut at Cartmel (2m6f, good) in July but after a break she's not come close to that form in two runs this autumn; overall record now stands at 0-7 and has something to prove at this new trip.

20/1

6th

10

29th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

12:35 Ayr

Young Moloney

10st 3lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Daragh Bourke

Good second in a Cartmel handicap in July (2m6f, good) but well beaten at Newcastle this month on only run since; a bit to prove.

16/1

Form: 29945-

Last run: 264 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Modest efforts at up to 3m1f in three runs over hurdles, last two with a tongue-tie (not on here); no easy task on handicap debut after a break.
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6th

3

14th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 4

13:57 Wetherby

Nights In Venice

11st 6lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Donald Whillans

Bumper runner-up who was a fair fourth of 12 at Kelso (2m6f, heavy) a fortnight ago on his second handicap start; he's lightly raced but needs another step forward if he's to come out on top here.

9/1

4th

11

29th Dec 2022

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

12:28 Kelso

Nights In Venice

10st 6lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Donald Whillans

raced in second, joined leader 3 out, led home turn

33/1

7th

6

29th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

12:35 Ayr

Nights In Venice

11st 6lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Donald Whillans

Modest efforts at up to 3m1f in three runs over hurdles, last two with a tongue-tie (not on here); no easy task on handicap debut after a break.

25/1

Form: 41368/ D

Last run: 609 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Kelso novice winner in September 2020 (2m5f, good) whose best run was when third in a decent Doncaster novice hurdle (2m5f, good) two months later; having first run for 609 days and first since wind surgery; others stronger.
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11

10th Jan 2023

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

15:00 Doncaster

Nikgarde

11st 4lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: James Ewart

Promising novice at 2m5f in autumn 2020 but was off the track for 20 months before running creditably enough at Ayr in November; entitled to need that run and may need this one, too, but is one to keep in mind.

66/1

8th

5

29th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

12:35 Ayr

Nikgarde

11st 9lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: James Ewart

Kelso novice winner in September 2020 (2m5f, good) whose best run was when third in a decent Doncaster novice hurdle (2m5f, good) two months later; having first run for 609 days and first since wind surgery; others stronger.

12/1

Form: U44624

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Ex-Irish; has fair form over hurdles, including when fourth (of five) in a C&D mares handicap on stable debut; this looks stronger.
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7th

2

9th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 5f 91y

Class 5

13:40 Ayr

Dot Cotton

11st 13lb

J: William Shanahan

T: R Mike Smith

0-8 and she was well beaten over 2m4f here (soft) two starts ago, but when a fair third over 2m here (good to soft) last time she shaped as though she'd benefit from this step back up in trip (ran well at up to 3m in Ireland); has shown promise on soft and is not ruled out.

8/1

3rd

3

22nd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

12:30 Ayr

Dot Cotton

12st 0lb

J: William Shanahan

T: R Mike Smith

midfield on outer

12/1

9th

7

29th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

12:35 Ayr

Dot Cotton

11st 4lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: R Mike Smith

Ex-Irish; has fair form over hurdles, including when fourth (of five) in a C&D mares handicap on stable debut; this looks stronger.

12/1

Form: 1-

Last run: 281 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Irish point winner who won a Carlisle novice (2m1f, heavy) in February on stable/hurdles debut; this step up in trip should suit and he has a fair chance on handicap debut.
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5th

6

28th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:07 Uttoxeter

Gold Emery

11st 7lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Won Carlisle maiden hurdle (2m1f, heavy) on rules debut last February and creditable third in Ayr handicap (2m4f, good to soft) on last month's reappearance; should still have a lot more to offer and Donald McCain is evidently very keen to switch this winning Irish pointer to chasing.

4/1

3rd

7

22nd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 3

14:00 Ayr

Gold Emery

10st 13lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

prominent on outer

2/1

Non-runners

Gold Emery

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Payout
Exacta £17.80
Straight Forecast £15.08
Tricast £32.86
Trifecta £55.30

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Gold Emery

Telegraph:

Gentleman De Mai

RP Ratings:

Charm Offensive

D Express:

Gentleman De Mai

Daily Mirror:

Gentleman De Mai

The Star:

Gentleman De Mai

TOPSPEED:

Gold Emery

The Times:

Gold Emery

The Guardian:

Gold Emery

The Sun:

Gold Emery

Daily Record:

Gold Emery

POSTDATA:

Charm Offensive

Daily Mail:

Charm Offensive