April 22 / 13.15 Ayr

13.15

Good To Soft

Scotty Brand Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £22780
  • 2m 0f 110y
  • Class 1
  • 10 runners
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Scotty Brand Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £9.10
  • Place: £2.40

Form: 2P1140 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict
Runner-up in this race 12 months ago and better than ever this term, winning at Wetherby (soft) and Doncaster (good); has faced stiff tasks on his last two starts, well held in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham on latest; this is easier but he'll still need another career best to return to winning ways.
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3rd

3

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 78y

Class 2

14:35 Doncaster

Malystic

11st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Peter Niven

Three wins last season, including a competitive C&D race and a Premier Handicap at Ayr; slow to come to hand this term but got back in the groove with creditable third over C&D five weeks ago and is still on a workable mark after a 1lb nudge.

5/1

3rd

2

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 78y

Class 2

11:50 Doncaster

Malystic

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Peter Niven

Three wins last season, including this race and a Premier handicap at Ayr (2m, good); back on a good mark now but has not fired on any of three appearances this term and needs to get career back on track.

6/1

6/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: -92129 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict
In front of Malystic in Grade 2 Game Spirit at Newbury (2m, good; second of four) and Grand Annual at Cheltenham on last two outings; below his best in the latter but a big field and soft ground may not have played to his strengths; this looks more suitable and he's high on the list.
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2

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 62y

Class 1

14:25 Cheltenham

Elixir De Nutz

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Very useful chaser who has done well in high-quality handicaps (good to soft) this term, winning at Exeter (Haldon Gold Cup) and Newbury then respectable third to Editeur Du Gite at Kempton (Desert Orchid Chase); now worse off with that rival and appears unlikely to reverse the placings but should give his running in current form.

12/1

3rd

5

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

Elixir De Nutz

11st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

disputed lead at fast pace, raced in second 3rd, pressed leader when bad mistake 2 out, no extra run-in, lost second final stride

11/4

1st

1

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 2

15:25 Newbury

Elixir De Nutz

12st 1lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Second of four in the Grade 2 Game Spirit over C&D (good) in February and he returned to form when winning the Haldon Gold Cup Handicap at Exeter (2m1f, good to soft); 5lb higher today and Freddie Gingell's claim has been reduced by 2lb, but he can give another good account.

5/1

9/1

  • Place: £2.80

Form: -73122 D BF

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Progressive since joining Henry Oliver, pulling clear with the winner at Southwell (2m, good to soft; evens favourite) five weeks ago; may have more in the tank, although he faces a higher calibre of rival here.
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0

3

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 78y

Class 4

12:15 Doncaster

Coastguard Station

11st 13lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Henry Oliver

held up in rear, not fluent 1st, headway into midfield 3rd

4/1

7th

9

17th Nov 2023

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 2

13:45 Cheltenham

Coastguard Station

10st 9lb

J: David Noonan

T: Henry Oliver

All five efforts during his first season over fences were respectable and showed that he can live with this sort of mark; entitled to come on for his reappearance over hurdles at Wetherby but, while he won a point on soft, good ground has seemed ideal for him under rules.

16/1

Form: 552641 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 3lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict
Gained the most notable of his nine successes in this event (2m, good to soft) 12 months ago; mostly disappointing since but he returned to form after wind surgery to score in clearcut style at Carlisle two weeks ago; still 1lb lower than for last year's win so has to be considered, although today's contest looks a fair bit stronger.
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1st

1

29th May 2023

Good

2m 1f 61y

Class 3

16:05 Cartmel

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12st 0lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Rebecca Menzies

Back in prime form when winning easily at Carlisle (2m, good to soft) last month, and his subsequent fourth in a good race at Ayr (2m, good) was perfectly respectable; claims on that evidence but needs to prove he can handle this track (pulled up in this race last year on only previous visit).

6/1

4th

5

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 1

13:15 Ayr

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11st 3lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Rebecca Menzies

Gained the most notable of his nine successes in this event (2m, good to soft) 12 months ago; mostly disappointing since but he returned to form after wind surgery to score in clearcut style at Carlisle two weeks ago; still 1lb lower than for last year's win so has to be considered, although today's contest looks a fair bit stronger.

11/2

1st

2

8th Apr 2023

Soft

1m 7f 207y

Class 3

15:40 Carlisle

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11st 11lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Rebecca Menzies

soon went second, led 2 out, went clear approaching last, easily

16/1

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13/2

Form: 267324 CD

Last run: 9 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
Better than the bare result when fourth of 13 at Aintree (2m, good; came from rear after early mistake) last week; that followed a good second at Warwick and suggests his current mark is still workable; has an impressive record (a win, a second and a third from three runs) at Ayr and should go well.
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7th

2

18th Oct 2023

Good

1m 7f 36y

Class 3

14:25 Wetherby

Hasankey

11st 13lb

J: Lewis Dobb

T: L J Morgan

in touch with leaders

7/1

5th

6

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 1

13:15 Ayr

Hasankey

11st 2lb

J: Lewis Dobb

T: L J Morgan

Better than the bare result when fourth of 13 at Aintree (2m, good; came from rear after early mistake) last week; that followed a good second at Warwick and suggests his current mark is still workable; has an impressive record (a win, a second and a third from three runs) at Ayr and should go well.

13/2

4th

11

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Hasankey

11st 1lb

J: Lewis Dobb

T: L J Morgan

Hat-trick at about this trip last midwinter (on heavy/soft) but in the meantime has all too often looked weighted to his best off similar marks to today's; others higher up the list.

12/1

Form: 146354 D

Last run: 49 days

W: 10st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict
Successful twice at Kelso in the autumn but more miss than hit since, finishing behind Pay The Piper when fourth of five at Doncaster seven weeks ago; now back below last winning mark but needs to rediscover his spark.
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2nd

6

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 1f 14y

Class 3

17:10 Kelso

Gold Des Bois

10st 13lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Iain Jardine

Below par on last three starts, including over C&D on middle outing; however, perhaps the heavy ground was too much and he has a good record here otherwise; significantly lower in weights than when twice finishing in the first three over C&D (soft/good to soft) in October; interesting candidate.

15/2

8th

9

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 78y

Class 2

11:50 Doncaster

Gold Des Bois

10st 2lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Iain Jardine

Belied 40-1 odds when close third in this race last year (good ground) and is effectively 5lb lower today but ended last year with two disappointing efforts and has some questions to answer at present.

20/1

4th

3

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 14y

Class 3

13:20 Kelso

Gold Des Bois

11st 5lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Iain Jardine

raced in fourth, awkward jump 7th

11/4

Form: 65-112 D BF

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict
Improving 6yo who won at Kempton (2m2f, good to soft) and Newbury (2m, good) in November and notched another personal best when second of nine at Ascot last time after a winter break; he's fresher than most and his yard laid one out for this race in 2019; big chance in first-time tongue-tie.
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6th

10

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:15 Cheltenham

Frere DArmes

10st 6lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Dan Skelton

towards rear

14/1

0

4

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 2

14:20 Musselburgh

Frere DArmes

11st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Campaigned only at shorter distances under rules but finished strongly at Ascot (2m1f, good; close second) most recently and, allied to pedigree, that makes him look ready for a crack at this new trip; second-season chaser who may not have reached his ceiling yet; respected.

9/4

11

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

Frere DArmes

10st 1lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Form: 343125 D

Last run: 9 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
Tough, consistent performer who gained a deserved success at Musselburgh (2m, good to soft) in February and was far from disgraced when fifth of 13 in the Red Rum at Aintree last week; however, that run did suggest the handicapper has his measure at present and others appeal more for the win.
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0

2

25th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 67y

Class 3

12:40 Haydock

Pay The Piper

11st 13lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Ann Hamilton

Below best on final run last season and, following an early unseat on his reappearance, he was a well-beaten third of four at Kelso last time; however, he may have needed that latest run and he's on a good mark on his form last season, which was a predominantly consistent campaign; respected.

5/2

3rd

1

28th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 14y

Class 3

14:39 Kelso

Pay The Piper

12st 1lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Ann Hamilton

took keen hold, held up in rear, not fluent 4th, headway 5 out, switched right before 2 out, outpaced approaching last, soon no extra

5/2

Form: 7P5112 CD

Last run: 42 days

W: 10st 2lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict
Admirable veteran with eight course wins to his name, two of them this season, but he was last of the finishers in this race 12 months ago and again faces an uphill task from 22lb out of the weights.
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4th

6

26th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

14:05 Ayr

Ardera Cross

11st 2lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: William Young Jnr

13yo who has nine Ayr wins on his CV, including this race last year and a similar event (beat Fia Fuinidh) on penultimate start; however, ran poorly behind Fia Fuinidh and Travail D'Orfevre here latest.

12/1

6th

7

13th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 4

14:15 Ayr

Ardera Cross

10st 9lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: William Young Jnr

Won this two years ago and last month at Ayr he secured career victory number 18 (nine here) with a 2l defeat of Fia Fuinidh; that rallying success came from 8lb out of the weights and he's now 4lb higher, yet by no means handicapped out of it.

4/1

Form: 512211 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 1lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Took 14 goes to get off the mark over fences but since then he's made hay; jumped well when scoring by a neck at Carlisle five weeks ago and he's only 1lb higher here, but he's in a much more competitive race and will need another jolt of improvement; due to run over 2m4f here on Friday.
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3rd

3

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 3

16:00 Newcastle

Baron De Midleton

11st 12lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

11yo who has a patchy profile nowadays and was a disappointing favourite in a claimer at Leicester last time, but he was travelling well when making a bad mistake three out and won a handicap at Market Rasen earlier last month; not discounted.

7/1

4th

1

31st Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 113y

Class 4

13:50 Leicester

Baron De Midleton

12st 0lb

J: William Maggs

T: Brian Ellison

led, bad mistake 3 out, headed before 2 out, soon lost second, lost ground approaching last, no extra and lost third run-in

8/11

Non-runners

Baron De Midleton

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £59.30
Straight Forecast £56.28
Tricast £445.58
Trifecta £355.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Frere D'Armes

TOPSPEED:

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WEST COUNTRY:

Elixir De Nutz

RP Ratings:

Frere D'Armes

The Times:

Frere D'Armes

Telegraph:

Frere D'Armes

The Guardian:

Frere D'Armes

Daily Mail:

Frere D'Armes

D Express:

Frere D'Armes

The Sun:

Frere D'Armes

Daily Record:

Frere D'Armes

Daily Mirror:

Elixir De Nutz

POSTDATA:

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The Star:

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