December 11 / 12.50 Ayr

12.50

Good To Soft

Coral “National Hunt” Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race) (Div II)

  • Prize money: £4356.8
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 14 runners
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Coral “National Hunt” Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race) (Div II)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

Form: 1/3/2

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Soft-ground bumper winner who returned from another absence with an encouraging second on hurdle debut at Kelso (2m, soft) in October; could do with settling better but he's open to improvement and could go well.
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8th

3

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

13:20 Ayr

Doyen Du Bar

11st 10lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Pauline Robson

prominent, led after 3rd, headed but pressed leader after 4 out, lost second 3 out

8/1

8th

3

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

13:20 Ayr

Doyen Du Bar

11st 10lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Pauline Robson

Stopped quickly on handicap/chase debut in February, having gone off favourite, after previously winning easily in maiden and novice company over hurdles (2m, soft); faces his toughest test to date but he's dangerously unexposed.

8/1

4th

1

5th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 207y

Class 3

14:02 Carlisle

Doyen Du Bar

11st 10lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Pauline Robson

took keen hold, raced in second, carried left 1st

5/2

Form: 2116-2 C BF

Last run: 64 days

W: 11st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Won two bumpers here (heavy/good to soft) last winter before good sixth in Grade 2 at Aintree; runner-up on hurdle debut at Kelso (2m, good to soft) in October and holds leading claims here.
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7th

3

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:55 Aintree

Esprit Du Potier

11st 7lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

2-2 over 2m4f, the latest success at Newcastle (heavy) where he hammered inferior rivals; now goes up against mostly superior opponents on form hitherto but may improve further at this distance.

20/1

7th

3

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:55 Aintree

Esprit Du Potier

11st 7lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

2-2 over 2m4f, the latest success at Newcastle (heavy) where he hammered inferior rivals; now goes up against mostly superior opponents on form hitherto but may improve further at this distance.

20/1

1st

2

5th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

14:50 Newcastle

Esprit Du Potier

11st 12lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

travelled strongly, made all

8/11

Form: 533-

Last run: 231 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Third in Carlisle bumper (2m1f, heavy) in March and occupied same position in good Hexham bumper (2m, soft) in April when last seen; brings potential to this hurdle debut and he's one to be interested in.
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1st

4

20th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 4

17:00 Haydock

President Scottie

11st 11lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

Stayed on well for second at Ayr (2m4f, heavy) in January on second hurdle start and benefited from the leader's final-flight fall to win there (2m4f, soft) last month; this lightly raced 6yo has potential now up in trip on his handicap debut and could have a big say.

7/2

Form: 5

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Won on debut in Irish maiden point (3m, soft) in March and bought for £45,000 later that month; soundly beaten fifth of seven at 18-1 on rules debut at Wetherby (2m, heavy) but that was a warm contest and it'll be interesting to see if he's stronger in the betting now down in grade; a possible.
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5th

3

10th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

12:50 Doncaster

Finn Lough

11st 4lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

3m point winner who is one to watch in the betting in a first-time tongue-tie on this third rules start; has shown ability on both hurdle runs and is not ruled out each-way, but he may be of greater interest in handicaps.

14/1

Form: 2469-

Last run: 238 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Runner-up on debut in bumper here last October but failed to kick on from that and he didn't jump well when soundly beaten on his hurdle debut at Kelso (2m2f, good) in April; others make greater appeal.
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3rd

4

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 4

15:55 Kelso

Lucky Soldier

11st 4lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: N W Alexander

towards rear, mistake 4th, not fluent 4 out, still plenty to do when not fluent 2 out, awkward jump last, kept on well and went third towards finish, eyecatcher

16/1

5th

5

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

14:50 Newcastle

Lucky Soldier

11st 10lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

didn't always jump with fluency, in touch with leaders, jumped left and bumped rival 1st, soon midfield

16/1

5th

5

2nd Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:15 Ayr

Lucky Soldier

11st 8lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: N W Alexander

Runner-up in course bumper on debut in October 2022 but his subsequent bumper form was underwhelming and he lacked fluency when safely held on his first two hurdling starts; improvement required.

25/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Displayed promise in the first of his two runs in Irish maiden points, finishing third in March (3m, yielding); changed hands for £21,000 in May; has a similar profile to his trainer's recent Carlisle novice hurdle winner Forged Well and he's not dismissed on his rules debut.
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3rd

8

30th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 61y

Class 4

17:25 Carlisle

Tommy Combats

10st 12lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Martin Todhunter

Beaten in the region of 30l in a trio of Ayr maidens (2m/2m4f; soft/heavy) but handicaps of this nature should provide better opportunities; market useful.

7/1

3rd

16

13th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

15:20 Ayr

Tommy Combats

11st 9lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Martin Todhunter

Showed only minor promise in 2m course maidens on first two hurdling starts and will probably be of greater interest when qualified for handicaps after this run.

33/1

4th

11

2nd Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:15 Ayr

Tommy Combats

11st 8lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Martin Todhunter

Placed in the first of his two Irish points last year but showed only minor promise when 100-1 for last month's C&D (soft) rules debut.

33/1

Form: 0-5

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Tailed off in Worcester bumper (2m, good) on sole run for Philip Hobbs but showed some promise when fifth on hurdle and stable debut at Kelso (2m, soft) in October, and his pedigree provides hope he'll improve; not ruled out.
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6

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:30 Ayr

Skiddaw

11st 8lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: N W Alexander

Not beaten far when fifth of eight on hurdle debut at Kelso (2m, soft) in October but didn't show a great deal in two subsequent C&D maidens (tongue-tie added last time); remains unexposed but needs January's wind op to have made a big difference.

10/1

0

9

2nd Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:15 Ayr

Skiddaw

11st 8lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: N W Alexander

Not beaten far when fifth of eight in run-of-the-mill Kelso maiden (2m, soft) on hurdling debut in October but was safely held over C&D (soft) last month; tongue-tie added today; not the most obvious answer.

20/1

7th

9

11th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

12:50 Ayr

Skiddaw

11st 6lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: N W Alexander

Tailed off in Worcester bumper (2m, good) on sole run for Philip Hobbs but showed some promise when fifth on hurdle and stable debut at Kelso (2m, soft) in October, and his pedigree provides hope he'll improve; not ruled out.

12/1

Form: 246-6

Last run: 37 days

W: 10st 13lb

4 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict
Runner-up on debut in Aintree bumper (2m1f, soft) last November and, although she's yet to progress, her sixth of ten over C&D last month (good to soft; second hurdle start) came in a race that is working out well; not ruled out each-way.
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6

5th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

19:10 Musselburgh

Prontoanita

11st 0lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Iain Jardine

Fair bumper form but hasn't progressed over hurdles and was tailed off on her handicap debut at Kelso (2m2f, heavy); best watched for now.

8/1

7th

6

5th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

19:10 Musselburgh

Prontoanita

11st 0lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Iain Jardine

didn't always jump with fluency, always behind

8/1

6th

7

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 25y

Class 4

14:28 Kelso

Prontoanita

10st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Iain Jardine

held up in last, not fluent 4th

15/2

Form: 28-

Last run: 233 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
1l second of five in course bumper on debut in March then soundly beaten in good bumper here (both 2m, good) in April; there's every chance he has a future over hurdles, but perhaps over further in view of his pedigree.
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8th

5

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:30 Ayr

River Ayr

11st 9lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: R Mike Smith

Unexposed 6yo who displayed improvement when respectable fifth in Sedgefield maiden (2m1f, soft) last month, his third hurdling start; not obviously well treated for handicap debut but open to further progress.

12/1

5th

9

7th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 4

13:40 Sedgefield

River Ayr

11st 7lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: R Mike Smith

midfield

50/1

6th

8

2nd Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:15 Ayr

River Ayr

11st 8lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: R Mike Smith

Second of five in a very slowly run bumper here last season but was soundly beaten when 100-1 for hurdling debut over C&D (soft) three weeks ago.

100/1

Form: 23-546

Last run: 61 days

W: 10st 13lb

4 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict
Placed in two bumpers late last year but she's been unable to get competitive on her first two hurdle starts and others appeal more.
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9th

2

(7)

16th Jan 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 4

18:00 Newcastle (AW)

Whozatgirl

10st 2lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Lucinda Russell

Signs of ability in bumpers; poor form over hurdles and 7f likely to be sharp enough now her attentions are switched to the Flat.

40/1

0

12

5th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 5

14:30 Musselburgh

Whozatgirl

11st 0lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

Hasn't shown much among her three hurdle starts but she has potential off this lowly opening mark in view of her placed form in bumpers towards the end of 2022; no surprise if she's in the shake-up.

10/1

10th

15

11th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

12:50 Ayr

Whozatgirl

10st 13lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

Placed in two bumpers late last year but she's been unable to get competitive on her first two hurdle starts and others appeal more.

50/1

OUR TIP

Form: 9-7

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Hurdle debut; well beaten in both bumpers (2m, good to soft) and pedigree suggests he'll come into his own when tackling further.
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5

22nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 28y

Class 5

14:50 Hexham

Bowler Jack

11st 0lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Brother to very useful staying chaser Notachance; showed no significant promise in his three qualifying races during the winter (1m7f-2m4f) but makes handicap debut from a basement mark and might be aided by the addition of cheekpieces.

4/1

5th

1

12th Feb 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 156y

Class 4

13:30 Catterick

Bowler Jack

11st 6lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Sandy Thomson

soon midfield, lost ground after 4 out, no telling impression

50/1

50/1

Form: 65-0

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Failed to threaten in bumpers, finishing tailed off at 100-1 at Carlisle (2m1f, soft) last month; hard to fancy on first hurdle start.
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13

13th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

15:25 Newcastle

Cave Hill

10st 10lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Ian Duncan

prominent on inner

33/1

13

13th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

15:25 Newcastle

Cave Hill

10st 10lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Ian Duncan

prominent on inner

33/1

8th

8

26th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 149y

Class 5

17:05 Newcastle

Cave Hill

10st 7lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Ian Duncan

Failed to shine in first three attempts over hurdles; 100-1, but took a step in a positive direction when finishing a weakening third to Bleu D'enfer (stablemate Adveram second) at Ayr (2m3f, heavy); bred to stay 3m; others make more appeal at this point in time.

20/1

Form: 0-P

Last run: 18 days

W: 10st 13lb

5 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict
Tailed off in sole bumper and pulled up at 300-1 on last month's hurdle debut at Newcastle (2m4f, soft); transformation needed.
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0

7

2nd Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

12:45 Ayr

Born To Sparkle

10st 13lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: R Mike Smith

in rear, weakened and tailed off after 4 out, pulled up before 3 out

100/1

0

11

11th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

12:50 Ayr

Born To Sparkle

10st 13lb

J: William Shanahan

T: R Mike Smith

Tailed off in sole bumper and pulled up at 300-1 on last month's hurdle debut at Newcastle (2m4f, soft); transformation needed.

200/1

0

2

23rd Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

12:05 Newcastle

Born To Sparkle

11st 2lb

J: William Shanahan

T: R Mike Smith

Tailed off when 33-1 for soft-ground course bumper won by Blue Baloo on Boxing Day and not seen again since.

100/1

Form: 5-653

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 13lb

5 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict
Promising fifth on debut in Grade 3 mares' bumper at Punchestown in April and, while she hasn't gone on from that, her hurdle debut third of 19 at Down Royal (2m1f, soft) last month was a step back in the right direction; could have a part to play.
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13th

5

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Brucio

11st 11lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: S R B Crawford

Fell on second hurdle start but has looked smart since, winning as she liked at Catterick (1m7f) and reeling in the clear leader to win 2m2f Listed mares' handicap at Leopardstown (both on soft) in February; had no chance of keeping her feet when brought down since but one of the more interesting ones if none the worse.

7/1

13th

5

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Brucio

11st 11lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: S R B Crawford

Fell on second hurdle start but has looked smart since, winning as she liked at Catterick (1m7f) and reeling in the clear leader to win 2m2f Listed mares' handicap at Leopardstown (both on soft) in February; had no chance of keeping her feet when brought down since but one of the more interesting ones if none the worse.

7/1

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Payout
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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Esprit Du Potier

POSTDATA:

Doyen Du Bar

The Guardian:

President Scottie

RP RATINGS:

Esprit Du Potier

The Times:

Esprit Du Potier

Daily Mail:

Esprit Du Potier

D Express:

Esprit Du Potier

Daily Mirror:

Esprit Du Potier

The Sun:

Esprit Du Potier

Daily Record:

Esprit Du Potier

Telegraph:

Doyen Du Bar

The Star:

Doyen Du Bar