December 04 / 15.30 Ayr

15.30

Good To Soft

Virgin Bet Open National Hunt Flat Race (Category 1 Elimination) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £2450.7
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • Class 5
  • 11 runners
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Virgin Bet Open National Hunt Flat Race (Category 1 Elimination) (GBB Race)

Runners: 11 runners

Type: NH Flat

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

Form: 34

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Has shown promise when making the frame at Perth (2m, good) and Kelso (2m, good to soft) on his first two starts, finishing 1l behind third-placed Malicash most recently; can give another good account and there's every chance he'll be in the mix.
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7th

17

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 3f 93y

15:05 Punchestown

Al Kalila

10st 6lb

J: J J Slevin

T: S R B Crawford

held up in rear

16/1

7th

17

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 3f 93y

15:05 Punchestown

Al Kalila

10st 6lb

J: J J Slevin

T: S R B Crawford

held up in rear

16/1

3rd

9

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 4

15:55 Wetherby

Al Kalila

11st 3lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: S R B Crawford

Fifth at Down Royal (2m4f, soft) in December on second hurdle start and another encouraging run when second of six at Ayr (2m4f, good to soft) three weeks ago; this unexposed 5yo is open to improvement now moving into handicaps and is on the shortlist.

12/1

OUR TIP

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

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10th

12

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

20:25 Hexham

Boolamore Classic

10st 13lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: N W Alexander

midfield

16/1

10th

12

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

20:25 Hexham

Boolamore Classic

10st 13lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: N W Alexander

midfield

16/1

2

14th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 28y

Class 4

15:10 Hexham

Boolamore Classic

11st 7lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: N W Alexander

Joined Nick Alexander after finishing second in a soft-ground Irish point in October; it's been a low-key start under rules and he can be taken on.

25/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Kept on for modest third on Irish point debut in May (yielding to soft); it's tricky to gauge what that form is worth but he makes his rules debut in a run-of-the-mill contest; market may guide.
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6th

8

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

16:00 Kelso

Forged Well

11st 6lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: Martin Todhunter

Low-mileage 5yo who bounced back quickly from very disappointing handicap debut when very close second to Eloi Du Puy over C&D (soft) last month; has to take a 3lb rise on the chin but can make further progress.

9/1

6th

8

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

16:00 Kelso

Forged Well

11st 6lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: Martin Todhunter

Low-mileage 5yo who bounced back quickly from very disappointing handicap debut when very close second to Eloi Du Puy over C&D (soft) last month; has to take a 3lb rise on the chin but can make further progress.

9/1

Form: 3

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Attracted market support when third of 13 at 8-1 on debut at Kelso (2m, good to soft) three weeks ago, finishing 1l ahead of the once-raced Al Kalila; open to improvement and could play a leading role.
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8th

8

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 209y

Class 1

17:35 Aintree

Malicash

11st 4lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Ewan Whillans

Twice placed in bumpers (good to soft/soft) so his turn will come; looks outclassed here, however.

100/1

8th

8

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 209y

Class 1

17:35 Aintree

Malicash

11st 4lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Ewan Whillans

Twice placed in bumpers (good to soft/soft) so his turn will come; looks outclassed here, however.

100/1

2nd

7

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 4

17:02 Kelso

Malicash

11st 7lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Ewan Whillans

Made a promising debut when third over C&D (good to soft) in November but he carried his head awkwardly when sixth of seven at Ayr (beaten 7l) the following month; that initial form puts him firmly in the picture here but he has bit to prove after that last run.

16/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

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8th

4

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:53 Ayr

Posh Et Noir

11st 4lb

J: Edward Austin

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

pressed leader, outpaced and lost ground quickly 4f out, soon hung left, weakened over 2f out, tailed off

100/1

7th

5

20th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

15:20 Ayr

Posh Et Noir

11st 2lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

set steady pace, disputed lead, prominent after 2f, lost second after 4f

25/1

Abandoned

Form: 5-

Last run: 268 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

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5th

7

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

13:23 Ayr

Teddy Mac

11st 0lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Ian Duncan

towards rear, dropped to last with one circuit to go, outpaced 8th, lost touch before 3 out, tailed off

50/1

4th

7

26th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 110y

Class 4

14:35 Ayr

Teddy Mac

11st 9lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Ian Duncan

in rear, not fluent 7th, weakened after 4 out

100/1

15

13th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

15:20 Ayr

Teddy Mac

11st 9lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Ian Duncan

Did not show enough in two bumpers last year to be of significant interest on today's hurdling debut.

100/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

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7th

5

13th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 5

17:05 Newcastle

Tees Comps Clive

11st 3lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Gillian Boanas

in touch with leaders

9/1

7th

5

13th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 5

17:05 Newcastle

Tees Comps Clive

11st 3lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Gillian Boanas

in touch with leaders

9/1

5th

9

14th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 5

15:25 Newcastle

Tees Comps Clive

11st 2lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Gillian Boanas

in rear

14/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Went close on debut in Irish maiden point (3m, soft to heavy) in March and in third was Itseemslikeit, who won a maiden hurdle at Ffos Las recently; changed hands for £100,000 in April and has had wind surgery since; in good hands and he's respected on his bumper debut.
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4th

9

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

18:45 Hexham

Walk On Quest

11st 1lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

in touch with leaders

6/1

4th

9

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

18:45 Hexham

Walk On Quest

11st 1lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

in touch with leaders

6/1

5th

8

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 4

14:07 Wetherby

Walk On Quest

11st 4lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

Went close on debut in Irish maiden point (3m, soft to heavy) last March and also finished second in maiden hurdle at Kelso in December (2m, heavy; 11-10 favourite); improvement needed on this second rules start but he's in good hands and the step up in trip could be a plus; bright prospect.

5/2

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

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6th

6

14th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

15:30 Southwell

Yakaleo

11st 2lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

held up in last

5/2

6th

6

14th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

15:30 Southwell

Yakaleo

11st 2lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

held up in last, headway 7f out, went fourth but outpaced over 3f out, weakened gradually inside final furlong

5/2

6th

9

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:53 Ayr

Yakaleo

11st 4lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

in touch with leaders, went third going okay 3f out, soon outpaced and ridden, no impression when hung left over 1f out, eased inside final furlong

7/4

Abandoned

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 9lb

4 yo Filly

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5th

5

11th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

18:45 Hexham

Holly Bird

11st 2lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Second at Carlisle (good to soft) and third at Sedgefield (soft), latterly finishing in front of this week's Southwell winner Gale Mahler; solid claims.

9/2

5th

5

11th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

18:45 Hexham

Holly Bird

11st 2lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Second at Carlisle (good to soft) and third at Sedgefield (soft), latterly finishing in front of this week's Southwell winner Gale Mahler; solid claims.

9/2

3rd

3

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

17:05 Sedgefield

Holly Bird

11st 2lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

led, set slow pace, increased tempo halfway, ridden 2f out, ran green inside final furlong, headed and weakened final 110yds

2/1

Form: 8-4

Last run: 205 days

W: 10st 9lb

4 yo Filly

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7th

8

15th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

17:50 Perth

Tread Softly Now

11st 4lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Ian Duncan

Modest form in three bumpers, beaten 57l when last of six at Ayr last time (2m, soft, 100-1); others stronger.

66/1

7th

8

15th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

17:50 Perth

Tread Softly Now

11st 4lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Ian Duncan

Modest form in three bumpers, beaten 57l when last of six at Ayr last time (2m, soft, 100-1); others stronger.

66/1

6th

6

13th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

17:04 Ayr

Tread Softly Now

11st 2lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: Ian Duncan

Weakish form claims on her two efforts thus far (soft/good to soft) and she's bred for staying chases.

33/1

Verdict

Top of the list is MALICASH, who showed plenty of promise with his debut third at Kelso last month and is a big player if he can build on that. Walk On Quest was bought for £100,000 after his second in an Irish point in March and he’s feared most on his rules debut. Al Kalila was just behind the selection at Kelso and should be in the mix again, while there are several newcomers who need a close look including Yakaleo.[David Moon]