March 10 / 15.45 Ayr

15.45

Good

Good Luck Killie In Scottish Cup Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4547.4
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 12 runners
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Good Luck Killie In Scottish Cup Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain and snow

11/4 (Won)

  • Win: £1.91
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 62-427

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Second in big-field Irish bumper last season and started off for new stable with two encouraging hurdle runs, latterly when second in C&D (good to soft) maiden in December; well beaten here on last month's handicap debut debut but still enters calculations.
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1st

8

10th Mar 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:45 Ayr

Thistle Ask

11st 6lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: James Ewart

Second in big-field Irish bumper last season and started off for new stable with two encouraging hurdle runs, latterly when second in C&D (good to soft) maiden in December; well beaten here on last month's handicap debut debut but still enters calculations.

11/4

7th

2

1st Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:35 Ayr

Thistle Ask

12st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: James Ewart

Ex-Stuart Crawford; creditable second (with today's rivals Fia Fuinidh and Shir I Dont Know third and fourth) in this same hood and tongue-tie combination over C&D in December; appears to handle testing ground on basis of Irish form; merits consideration on handicap debut.

11/4

2nd

12

22nd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:30 Ayr

Thistle Ask

11st 4lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: James Ewart

took keen hold, led, reduced lead but going okay 3 out, pushed along and faced strong challenge when mistake 2 out, soon ridden and headed, kept on run-in, no match for winner

7/1

20/1

  • Place: £3.10

Form: 634

Last run: 54 days

W: 10st 10lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Not beaten far when fourth of five against own age group at Kelso (2m, heavy) in January but the value of that form is open to question and others here have much more persuasive claims.
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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

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

25/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 6-5

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Joined George Bewley after good-ground Irish point win in October; just a mildly encouraging stable debut when well-held fifth at Catterick (2m3f, good) last month and might be one for a bit further down the line.
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4th

4

15th Jun 2024

Good

3m 0f 41y

Class 5

17:27 Hexham

Lights Are Green

11st 8lb

J: Jonathon Bewley

T: George Bewley

C&D winner who acts on good or slower; on a competitive mark and perhaps the soft ground cost him a place or two over C&D latest, when he weakened; better ground can help and he should be heavily involved.

9/2

4th

5

1st Jun 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 41y

Class 4

17:30 Hexham

Lights Are Green

10st 12lb

J: Jonathon Bewley

T: George Bewley

Won two handicap chases last May (the first over C&D on soft ground); some fair efforts since, notably when runner-up over C&D in October (soft, third won next time); pulled up after a break last time (2m4f); should fare better back up in trip.

8/1

1

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 15y

Class 5

17:00 Hexham

Lights Are Green

12st 0lb

J: Edward Austin

T: George Bewley

in touch with leaders

6/1

OUR TIP

Form: 9-

Last run: 489 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Well beaten on bumper debut in 2021 and also struggled in a Flat maiden last spring; can only be watched on today's hurdling debut.
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7th

4

18th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 47y

Class 4

14:15 Perth

Desert Stranger

11st 4lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: R Mike Smith

Shaped with quite a bit more promise than eventual 42l defeat might suggest on hurdle debut at Ayr (2m, good) in March but never really got involved when seventh of eight over C&D last month.

14/1

7th

5

28th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 47y

Class 4

14:40 Perth

Desert Stranger

11st 2lb

J: William Shanahan

T: R Mike Smith

Well beaten all three career starts, the latest on hurdling debut seven weeks ago, after 11 months off.

66/1

4th

3

10th Mar 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:45 Ayr

Desert Stranger

11st 6lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: R Mike Smith

Well beaten on bumper debut in 2021 and also struggled in a Flat maiden last spring; can only be watched on today's hurdling debut.

100/1

Form: 35 BF

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Useful Flat-racer who made satisfactory stable/hurdle debut when third of six at Catterick (1m7f, soft) in January; took backward step when favourite at Carlisle last month but could still have a future over jumps.
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8th

1

5th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 5

14:30 Musselburgh

Whitehaven

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Useful Flat-racer at his best; yet to fully transfer that ability to hurdles but he was a fair second behind an easy Irish-trained winner at Bangor (2m, heavy) three weeks ago and may still have more to offer in this code.

6/1

2nd

2

15th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 145y

Class 5

15:10 Bangor-on-Dee

Whitehaven

11st 8lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Donald McCain

Useful Flat-racer at his best; yet to build upon last winter's quite promising hurdling debut but, following a break, ran well to a point on recent handicap debut at Sedgefield (2m1f, soft); sports first-time blinkers here and has possibilities if that recent outing brought him on.

4/1

7th

1

28th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

14:20 Sedgefield

Whitehaven

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Five wins at up to 2m on the Flat for Hughie Morrison and his final appearance was under that code when tailed off in the consolation race for the Chester Cup in May; had shown some ability over hurdles before then and now makes his handicap hurdle debut in a modest race.

9/2

33/1

Form: 000

Last run: 53 days

W: 10st 10lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Displayed significant ability on the Flat for Gavin Cromwell last year but well beaten in three slow-ground maiden hurdles for new stable this winter and needs today's switch to a forecast quicker surface to show him in a much better light; hood/tongue-tie removed.
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8th

9

30th Aug 2023

Good

1m 7f 168y

Class 4

18:50 Uttoxeter

Melnik

10st 9lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Not beaten far when sixth of eight on this month's stable debut at Worcester (2m, good) but his recent Bangor run was a backward step and he's now 0-7 over hurdles.

20/1

7th

8

21st Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

18:35 Bangor-on-Dee

Melnik

10st 7lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Fair Flat form in Ireland but just modest efforts over hurdles, including a 10l defeat on debut for this yard; may yet do better but others appeal more.

12/1

6th

5

1st Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

20:10 Worcester

Melnik

11st 1lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Fair Flat form in Ireland but just modest efforts over hurdles; still has time to do better and starts out for a new yard at a modest level; tongue-tie returns.

10/1

Form: 20-3U8

Last run: 11 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Dropped out very tamely here (2m3f, good to soft) 11 days ago but was still in contention before penultimate-flight unseat at Down Royal (2m1f, soft) in January, in a race that was eventually fought out by two useful horses, and the form of his bumper run in 2021 also reads very well.
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4th

1

18th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 47y

Class 4

14:15 Perth

Bellaney Lord

11st 4lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: S R B Crawford

Clear second to a smart horse on bumper debut in 2021 and looked set to be placed behind two useful rivals before penultimate-flight fall in maiden hurdle at Down Royal (2m1f, soft) in January; has very strong claims if judged on those exploits but his last two runs were very disappointing and it's hard to know what to expect from him here; wears a first-time hood.

4/1

Form: 7-PU

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Pulled up when 250-1 for hurdle debut over C&D in December and unseated rider after swerving sharply left at first flight a fortnight ago.
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5th

14

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:30 Ayr

Captain Nelson

10st 2lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: R Mike Smith

0-7 in novice/maiden hurdles, completing only twice and showing no significant promise; makes handicap debut from a basement mark but still needs improvement.

50/1

8th

1

2nd Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:15 Ayr

Captain Nelson

11st 8lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: R Mike Smith

Showed no significant promise when a big-priced outsider for his three hurdling starts last spring; returns from a break today.

100/1

3

31st May 2023

Good

2m 1f 46y

Class 4

18:20 Cartmel

Captain Nelson

11st 2lb

J: William Shanahan

T: R Mike Smith

Has a tongue tie on for first time but significant improvement needed.

50/1

Form: 4-6

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Has some fair Flat form on his CV but was tailed off after jumping poorly on hurdle debut in 2021 and finished last when given another go over hurdles at Kelso last month.
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8

9th Jun 2024

Good

2m 0f 47y

Class 5

13:57 Perth

Dont Look Back

10st 6lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: William Young Jnr

1-19 on Flat and 0-11 over hurdles; down the weights (should have better chance than in a maiden on latest start) but has not looked like taking advantage.

12/1

5th

1

16th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 47y

Class 4

14:20 Perth

Dont Look Back

11st 4lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: William Young Jnr

led, went clear after 4 out, much reduced lead before 2 out, headed and weakened quickly 2 out

14/1

5th

1

16th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 47y

Class 4

14:20 Perth

Dont Look Back

11st 4lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: William Young Jnr

Flat winner (1m2f) for Lucinda Russell; placed at Carlisle (2m1f, soft; beaten 23l) in March, and ran to a broadly similar level over C&D (seventh) subsequently; doesn't appear poised to make the breakthrough over hurdles.

14/1

Form: 1243 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Made the frame in all three bumpers, most notably when winning by over 7l on debut at Kelso (good to soft) in November, and shaped with significant promise before weakening into well-held third behind two fairly useful rivals on last month's hurdling debut at Kelso (2m, good); ought to play a significant role here.
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1st

9

15th Jun 2024

Good

2m 4f 28y

Class 3

18:30 Hexham

Kingston Bridge

10st 12lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Ewan Whillans

Kelso winner in April (2m5f, soft); fared less well on same track last time (2m6f, good); others stronger.

14/1

8th

8

8th May 2024

Good

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

13:40 Kelso

Kingston Bridge

11st 4lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Ewan Whillans

6yo who has not been easy to predict but he got back on the scoresheet when beating 15 rivals in a series final here (2m5f, soft) last month; up 6lb but he kept on well last time and is open to more progress back up in trip; shortlisted.

9/2

8th

8

8th May 2024

Good

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

13:40 Kelso

Kingston Bridge

11st 4lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Ewan Whillans

6yo who has not been easy to predict but he got back on the scoresheet when beating 15 rivals in a series final here (2m5f, soft) last month; up 6lb but he kept on well last time and is open to more progress back up in trip; shortlisted.

9/2

Form: 43UP-P

Last run: 272 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Fair form when placed in Navan handicap (2m6f, good) for Noel Meade in November 2021 but failed to complete all three subsequent chases for that stable and, following a layoff, made low-key debut for James Lambe in a point last month; current ability hard to gauge.
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0

2

8th Sep 2023

Good

3m 0f 100y

17:47 Kilbeggan

Skol

11st 12lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: J J Lambe

led narrowly, headed but prominent before 3rd

20/1

11th

11

1st Sep 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

19:05 Down Royal

Skol

11st 7lb

J: Miss A McGuinness

T: J J Lambe

Struggling for form in light campaign in recent years but bit more encouraging here in June when staying on over 2m5f; still a good bit more required.

25/1

Form: 456

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 13lb

5 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict
Flat-bred mare who wasn't beaten far in any of her three bumpers but almost certainly needs to improve to land a significant blow on today's hurdling debut.
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3rd

11

16th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

16:20 Perth

Donso Star

10st 12lb

J: Ben Smith

T: R Mike Smith

2m5f hurdle winner (good) at Ayr in March when 6lb lower; has improved both starts since, going close off a hold-up ride over C&D (soft) last month when St John's Road was close up in third; up 1lb; player.

5/1

3rd

11

16th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

16:20 Perth

Donso Star

10st 12lb

J: Ben Smith

T: R Mike Smith

2m5f hurdle winner (good) at Ayr in March when 6lb lower; has improved both starts since, going close off a hold-up ride over C&D (soft) last month when St John's Road was close up in third; up 1lb; player.

5/1

2nd

6

24th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

16:25 Perth

Donso Star

10st 6lb

J: Ben Smith

T: R Mike Smith

towards rear, headway before 3 out, went second before last, pressed leader run-in, just held

9/2

Non-runners

Bellaney Lord, Kingston Bridge, Skol

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £21.60
Straight Forecast £20.97
Trifecta £110.20

Selections

RP Ratings:

Bellaney Lord

TOPSPEED:

Thistle Ask

SPOTLIGHT:

Kingston Bridge

POSTDATA:

Whitehaven

D Express:

Beat The Retreat

The Sun:

Kingston Bridge

The Times:

Thistle Ask

Daily Mail:

Thistle Ask

Telegraph:

Bellaney Lord

The Guardian:

Bellaney Lord

The Star:

Bellaney Lord

Daily Record:

Bellaney Lord

Daily Mirror:

Whitehaven