April 22 / 16.10 Ayr

16.10

Good To Soft

Tennent’s Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £10892
  • 2m 5f 91y
  • Class 2
  • 8 runners
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Tennent’s Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

Form: 6-1516 D

Last run: 63 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict
Dual point winner; has made a solid start over hurdles, winning novices at Kelso (2m5f, good) and Newcastle (2m4f, soft); far from disgraced when thrown in at the deep end for Grade 2 at Haydock in February; retains potential and could start his career in handicaps on a lenient mark.
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1st

4

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

13:42 Kelso

Serious Operator

10st 7lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Made it 4-8 over hurdles when returning to form to win at Doncaster (2m3f, good to soft) in December; another good run when fifth of 19 in the Lanzarote at Kempton (2m5f, good to soft) in January; he's back in slightly calmer waters this afternoon and could play a leading role.

5/1

5th

14

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:42 Kempton

Serious Operator

10st 11lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Lucinda Russell

Suited by the return to less testing ground at Doncaster (2m3f, good to soft) four weeks ago, taking hurdles record to 4-8; effective at 2m5f and isn't fully exposed; could go well.

20/1

7

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 88y

Class 3

13:25 Doncaster

Serious Operator

10st 9lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Made it 3-5 over hurdles when winning on handicap debut at Ayr (2m5f, good) in April and he reappeared with a respectable seventh of 16 at Cheltenham (2m4f, good) in October; heavy ground may have been too much for him at Wetherby last time and he retains potential now back on better ground.

6/1

OUR TIP

Form: 3-2356

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 10lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Old-timer who was still capable of useful form last season, finishing third of four in this race; however, age may now be catching up with him and he hasn't found much under pressure on his last two outings; opposable.
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1st

1

28th May 2023

Good

2m 3f 49y

Class 3

15:10 Fontwell

Hunters Call

12st 1lb

J: Miss Alice Stevens

T: Olly Murphy

Still capable of fine efforts, as he showed when narrowly beaten at Ayr last month; remains on a fair mark, despite top weight, but could again prove vulnerable for win purposes.

11/2

2nd

2

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 91y

Class 2

16:10 Ayr

Hunters Call

11st 10lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Olly Murphy

Old-timer who was still capable of useful form last season, finishing third of four in this race; however, age may now be catching up with him and he hasn't found much under pressure on his last two outings; opposable.

7/1

6th

1

4th Mar 2023

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 2

15:50 Doncaster

Hunters Call

12st 0lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Olly Murphy

In career-best form last season despite his advancing years but he's not fired as he can in his last two starts some 92 days apart; worth taking on.

14/1

Form: 337P96

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict
Signed off for Joseph O'Brien with two 2m3f wins last summer (hurdle/chase) but has been well held in seven runs for Dan Skelton, patiently ridden each time; however, he has tumbled in the weights and 2m was probably an inadequate trip at Wetherby three weeks ago; interesting back up in distance.
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0

7

30th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 90y

17:40 Bellewstown

Uhtred

11st 1lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

towards rear

5/1

2nd

6

21st Jul 2023

Yielding

2m 6f 180y

15:05 Killarney

Uhtred

10st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Progressive for Joseph O'Brien early last season; was hit and miss for Dan Skelton in Britain since but he is back on a very good mark for his debut for this yard and any market support could be significant.

6/1

6th

10

20th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

19:05 Uttoxeter

Uhtred

10st 6lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

held up in rear, headway after 3 out, prominent when ridden after 2 out, weakened last

5/1

Form: 5-2FP3

Last run: 77 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
Ran pretty well when last seen over hurdles in February and he wasn't beaten all that far when last of four on the Flat 18 days later; stamina is the issue today (both his wins have come at about 2m) but he's certainly on a workable mark if seeing out the longer distance.
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7th

2

(10)

3rd Feb 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 2

19:15 Kempton (AW)

Kihavah

10st 0lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

In the form of his life last summer, winning three times on the Flat and once over hurdles; edged out the reopposing Prydwen for his third Flat win at Ayr (1m5f) and had George Scott's charge a place behind him again when runner-up in a valuable 1m6f handicap at Newmarket's July meeting when last seen; big chance on those efforts but his peak fitness and effectiveness on AW (0-2) aren't assured.

7/1

2nd

4

(3)

14th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

1m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Newmarket (July)

Kihavah

9st 4lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

Not proven over this far on Flat (had one go at 2m on AW) but scored over 2m4f over hurdles early last month; that has been surrounded by seriously improved form to win three times on Flat, over 1m4f at York on first two occasions and by a head from Prydwen over 1m5f at Ayr on latest; raised another 3lb but has to be in serious calculations.

11/2

1st

5

(6)

24th Jun 2023

Good

1m 5f 26y

Class 2

14:59 Ayr

Kihavah

9st 3lb

J: W J Lee

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

in touch with leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on well to lead final 110yds, just prevailed

11/4

12/1

Form: 3548-0 C

Last run: 20 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Won four in a row early in 2021 (including here) but below par on his four starts last season, initially over fences, and he was soundly beaten after a year off at Ascot three weeks ago; falling in the weights and Lewis Dobb claims 7lb but there are obvious risks.
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4th

4

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

15:50 Haydock

JAi Froid

11st 10lb

J: John Kington

T: L J Morgan

Smart at his peak and still very useful and versatile at 11, winning handicaps over 2m at Leicester (heavy) and 3m1f at Warwick (soft) this winter; may have been a touch fortunate at the latter track (2l down when leader stumbled last) and suspicion he might prove vulnerable to some of the much younger legs in this line-up.

15/2

1st

6

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 2

13:49 Warwick

JAi Froid

10st 12lb

J: John Kington

T: L J Morgan

Rattled off a four-timer over about 3m+ on testing ground early in 2021 and one of those wins was at this track; there's been something of a revival this winter, winning a four-runner race at Leicester (1m7f, heavy) and second at Chepstow (near 3m, soft) but this 11yo needs to take another step back up the ladder.

12/1

2nd

8

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

13:40 Chepstow

JAi Froid

10st 7lb

T: L J Morgan

Rattled off a four-timer over about 3m on testing ground early in 2021; well below that level in 2022 and 2023 but he broke his losing run on latest start when making most to score by a neck in four-runner race at Leicester (1m7f, heavy); back up 2lb today; needs to build on that performance.

9/1

Form: 453S2- C

Last run: 568 days

W: 11st 5lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
In form when last seen in October 2021, beaten a neck over 2m4f at Hexham (good); has a good record at Ayr and now reappears off 3lb lower, so he'll be a player if ready to do himself justice after a long absence.
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3

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 88y

Class 3

13:25 Doncaster

Glinger Flame

11st 9lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

11yo who returned in April from a long absence and has looked as good as ever the last twice with wins at Kelso (2m5f, good) and Ayr (3m, good to soft); could play a leading role once more.

4/1

1st

4

4th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

13:42 Ayr

Glinger Flame

11st 5lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

midfield, pushed along and headway after 3 out, staying on 2 out, ridden and kept on well run-in, led inside final 110yds, won going away

4/1

1st

4

20th Sep 2023

Good

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

17:50 Kelso

Glinger Flame

10st 9lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

held up in rear but in touch with leaders, smooth headway and went third before 2 out, soon going best, shaken up to lead but hung left before last, ridden clear run-in

13/2

Form: 1003F0

Last run: 54 days

W: 10st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict
Has an all-or-nothing profile, mostly disappointing since winning at Perth (2m4f, good) in September; on the plus side, he should encounter ideal conditions here and can now run off a 3lb lower mark.
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7th

8

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 91y

Class 2

16:10 Ayr

Curious Times

10st 8lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: S R B Crawford

Has an all-or-nothing profile, mostly disappointing since winning at Perth (2m4f, good) in September; on the plus side, he should encounter ideal conditions here and can now run off a 3lb lower mark.

10/1

4

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

13:50 Kelso

Curious Times

11st 8lb

J: J J Slevin

T: S R B Crawford

Has dropped below the mark off which he won at Perth last September and this Northern Irish challenger is one to watch in the betting, but his form has been mixed since that win and he tailed off at Ayr last time.

33/1

13th

5

27th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

15:50 Ayr

Curious Times

11st 13lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: S R B Crawford

Scored at Perth (2m4f, good) in September but lost his way a bit over hurdles afterwards and fell when switched back to chasing for latest run in December; comes here with a bit to prove.

16/1

Form: 211113 D

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
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0

4

1st Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 1

15:00 Newbury

Hugos New Horse

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Solid novice hurdler last term, winning five times; however, form dipped markedly (well behind Flight Deck) when favourite at Cheltenham on reappearance; may bounce back at some stage but this is a tough task.

25/1

15th

8

28th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 208y

Class 2

15:00 Cheltenham

Hugos New Horse

11st 4lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Had very good 5-7 record during first season over hurdles and one of the defeats was a creditable third in a hot novices' handicap at Sandown (2m4f, heavy); moves up in trip today and could easily have more to offer.

7/1

3

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 91y

Class 2

16:10 Ayr

Hugos New Horse

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Non-runners

Hugos New Horse

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Straight Forecast £9.22
Tricast £29.61

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Serious Operator

POSTDATA:

Hugos New Horse

TOPSPEED:

Kihavah

RP Ratings:

Uhtred

The Star:

Glinger Flame

WEST COUNTRY:

Hugos New Horse

Daily Mail:

Hugos New Horse

Daily Mirror:

Kihavah

The Sun:

Kihavah

Telegraph:

Serious Operator

The Guardian:

Serious Operator

Daily Record:

Serious Operator

The Times:

Uhtred

D Express:

Uhtred