April 19 / 14.20 Ayr

14.20

Soft

Get Home Safe With Thistle Cabs Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £8449.6
  • 3m 0f 70y
  • Class 3
  • 16 runners
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Get Home Safe With Thistle Cabs Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 16 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

2/1 (Won)

  • Win: £1.84
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 63312 D BF

Last run: 51 days

W: 10st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Won when upped markedly in trip on handicap debut at Southwell (3m, good to soft) in January and second of six at Bangor (2m7f, heavy) in February, when clear with stablemate Gwennie May Boy who has won his next two (latest at Aintree on Saturday); looks well treated up 5lb for last time.
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1st

15

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

Catch Him Derry

10st 10lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

held up in rear

2/1

1st

15

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

Catch Him Derry

10st 10lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

held up in rear

2/1

2nd

6

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 32y

Class 4

16:50 Bangor-on-Dee

Catch Him Derry

11st 1lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

held up in rear, headway 3 out, pressed leader going best 2 out, ridden approaching last, not fluent last, outpaced run-in, no impression towards finish

7/4

14/1

  • Place: £4.30

Form: 711144

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Left November's handicap/seasonal debut well behind to win his next three (2m3f/2m5f, good to soft-heavy); merely fourth the last twice (2m5f/2m3f, soft), however, and he needs something extra now up in trip.
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2nd

12

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

Herakles Westwood

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Warren Greatrex

held up in rear

14/1

2nd

12

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

Herakles Westwood

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Warren Greatrex

held up in rear

14/1

4th

5

1st Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

16:55 Chepstow

Herakles Westwood

11st 13lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

3-5 since switched to handicaps this season, the latest win gained at Catterick (2m3f, soft) in January; below form when warm favourite at Ludlow in February but further progress remains possible.

6/1

8/1

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 13441 C

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
3m point winner (soft to heavy) who won on his hurdle debut at Hexham (2m, soft) and returned to form to land another novice here (2m4f, good to soft) last month, powering ahead close home; this lightly raced 6yo has potential now upped in trip for his return to handicap company.
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3rd

6

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

Whistle Stop Tour

11st 11lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

in touch with leaders

8/1

3rd

6

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

Whistle Stop Tour

11st 11lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

in touch with leaders

8/1

1st

4

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

13:23 Ayr

Whistle Stop Tour

11st 7lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

raced in second, pushed along and pressed leader 3 out, ridden and hung badly left approaching last, led run-in, kept on well and went clear final 110yds

4/1

10/1

  • Place: £2.40

Form: 775113 BF

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
A big improver since these cheekpieces went on, winning two in a row (2m4f/2m3f, soft) before a solid third at Uttoxeter (2m4f, heavy) last month; his trainer continues to enjoy a fantastic season and his pedigree provides optimism he'll be suited by today's step up in trip; one to consider.
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4th

14

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

One Eye On Vegas

10st 11lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

prominent

10/1

4th

14

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

One Eye On Vegas

10st 11lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

prominent

10/1

8

1st Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

16:55 Chepstow

One Eye On Vegas

11st 7lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

A big improver since cheekpieces were fitted in January, winning at Leicester (2m4f, soft) and Hereford (2m3f, soft) before creditable third in competitive 0-130 contest at Uttoxeter (2m4f heavy); dips back into a Class 4 race and ought to make his presence felt again.

7/2

Form: 224115 CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Won over C&D (soft) in February and followed up at Kelso (3m2f, soft) last month; didn't run badly when fifth at Haydock (3m, soft) last time but his form needs to go to a new level if he's to win this.
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5th

16

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

Shoeshine Boy

10st 10lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Donald Whillans

midfield on outer

20/1

5th

16

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

Shoeshine Boy

10st 10lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Donald Whillans

midfield on outer

20/1

5th

13

30th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

14:40 Haydock

Shoeshine Boy

10st 3lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Donald Whillans

Has reacted well to a tongue-strap with soft-ground wins at Ayr (3m) and Kelso (3m2f) in recent weeks; 3lb higher in a stronger race now but hard to rule out in his current mood.

6/1

Form: 423-75 C

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
9yo who is 0-11 since winning his first two hurdle starts in autumn 2020 and he hasn't been at his best on either outing this term; however, he could be working his way back to form and is well treated on last season's best efforts; not discounted.
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6th

3

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

Castle Rushen

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Nicky Richards

towards rear on outer

20/1

6th

3

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

Castle Rushen

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Nicky Richards

towards rear on outer

20/1

5th

4

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

13:50 Uttoxeter

Castle Rushen

11st 9lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Nicky Richards

Didn't really take to fences last winter but back on track when placed in handicap hurdles at Newcastle (2m4f, heavy; first-time cheekpieces) and Perth (3m, good to soft; first-time visor) last spring; never involved on 3m Haydock reappearance last month but entitled to strip fitter.

9/1

Form: -137P4 D

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict
Something to prove regarding current form having struggled over fences on his last few starts, but he could appreciate today's return to hurdling and he's handicapped to be competitive if bouncing back to his best.
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6th

7

9th Jun 2024

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 4

16:17 Perth

Brandy McQueen

11st 7lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

in touch with leaders

12/1

6th

5

8th May 2024

Good

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

13:40 Kelso

Brandy McQueen

11st 10lb

J: Edward Austin

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

Four-time hurdle winner who won by 19l over fences here (2m7f, good to soft) in October; well treated on that form but he's lost his way in last four starts and was well held back over hurdles last time; has something to prove and he needs to turn things around; cheekpieces removed.

25/1

6th

5

8th May 2024

Good

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

13:40 Kelso

Brandy McQueen

11st 10lb

J: Edward Austin

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

Four-time hurdle winner who won by 19l over fences here (2m7f, good to soft) in October; well treated on that form but he's lost his way in last four starts and was well held back over hurdles last time; has something to prove and he needs to turn things around; cheekpieces removed.

25/1

Form: -62214

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Won modest Class 4 handicap at Market Rasen (2m7f, soft) in February and fair fourth at Haydock (3m, soft) last time, when perhaps not seen to best effect with half the hurdles omitted; however, improvement is required if she's to threaten in this competitive Class 3.
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8th

10

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

Hashtag Boum

11st 6lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Ruth Jefferson

midfield

16/1

8th

10

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

Hashtag Boum

11st 6lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Ruth Jefferson

midfield

16/1

4th

3

20th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 4

17:00 Haydock

Hashtag Boum

11st 11lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Ruth Jefferson

Runner-up twice in a row (2m4f/2m6f, soft) towards end of last year and went one better at Market Rasen (soft) last month, where rail adjustments meant the distance was close to 3m; this lightly raced mare could have more to offer over staying trips and is on the shortlist up 4lb.

4/1

Form: 11P4

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Point winner who won first two hurdle starts (2m6f/2m4f, good to soft/heavy) and bounced back from Grade 2 flop with fair fourth on last month's handicap debut at Newbury (3m, good to soft); stayed on well last time and there'll be greater emphasis on stamina in today's ground; in the shake-up.
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9th

4

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

Mt Fugi Park

11st 12lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

in touch with leaders

9/1

9th

4

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

Mt Fugi Park

11st 12lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

in touch with leaders

9/1

4th

7

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 3

16:08 Newbury

Mt Fugi Park

11st 6lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

3m point winner who kicked off under rules with two narrow non-handicap wins at Ffos Las (2m6f, good to soft) and Leicester (2m4f, heavy); beaten a long way out when 4-1 for a 3m Grade 2 at Haydock and he's better than that; hard to discount.

6/1

Form: F72202 BF

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict
Soundly beaten in mid-division on handicap debut in EBF Final at Sandown (2m4f, soft) last month, and no match for the winner in Market Rasen maiden (2m4f, good to soft) last time; however, he showed staying potential when runner-up to two useful winners in January (2m4f/2m3f, soft/good), and today's step up in trip could be a positive move for this 6yo.
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10th

11

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

Taras Halls

11st 4lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Smith

prominent

14/1

10th

11

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

Taras Halls

11st 4lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Smith

prominent

14/1

2nd

7

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 139y

Class 4

15:19 Market Rasen

Taras Halls

11st 7lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Smith

disputed lead early, went clear with winner after 3rd, not fluent 5th, chased clear leader 6th

7/4

Form: P23/35

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict
Needs to produce more than he's managed this year on his two starts since returning from a long absence, but he travelled well last time and perhaps the reapplication of a tongue-tie will help; he's well handicapped judged on his spring 2022 staying promise and is not a forlorn hope.
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1st

1

6th Jun 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:50 Uttoxeter

Phil De Pail

12st 0lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

In front before unseating rider on chase debut at Warwick (3m, good; first-time tongue-tie and cheekpieces); remains well treated on his best hurdles form; no surprise if he is involved, granted a clear round.

2/1

OUR TIP

20/1

Form: 30-4BP

Last run: 76 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
Continues to drop down the weights but he weakened quickly and was pulled up at Sandown last time when upped to 2m7f; there's a big stamina question to answer this afternoon.
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4th

1

14th Jun 2024

Good

3m 1f 170y

Class 4

19:20 Newton Abbot

Wonderwall

12st 1lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter & Michael Bowen

prominent early, pressed leaders briefly 13th, dropped to last after 14th, rallied 3 out, weakened 2 out

11/4

3rd

7

27th May 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 83y

Class 2

14:55 Cartmel

Wonderwall

10st 12lb

J: James Bowen

T: Peter & Michael Bowen

prominent, in touch with leaders 4th, not fluent 4 out

16/1

3rd

7

27th May 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 83y

Class 2

14:55 Cartmel

Wonderwall

10st 12lb

J: James Bowen

T: Peter & Michael Bowen

Ran his best race for a while when third at Aintree last time (2m4f, good); has won on soft ground but yet to prove that he stays this far.

16/1

Form: -545P4 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict
This 8yo may not be as good as he once was but his near-13l fourth at Kelso (3m2f, soft) last month was a step back in the right direction, and it was his first outing for 84 days so he may be able to build on it; he's well treated on chase form as recent as last April and is no forlorn hope.
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11th

10

27th May 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 83y

Class 2

14:55 Cartmel

Scipion

10st 9lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

led early, headed but prominent before 2nd

16/1

11th

10

27th May 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 83y

Class 2

14:55 Cartmel

Scipion

10st 9lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Winner over hurdles and fences for Tom Lacey; didn't show his best form in five runs for Stuart Coltherd; well handicapped; conditions suit and quite interesting on stable debut.

16/1

13th

7

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

Scipion

11st 10lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

midfield

50/1

Form: 37-419 BF

Last run: 50 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
Tailed off at Wetherby (2m3f, soft) in February and hard to be overly confident on the back of that; however, earlier that month he stayed on well to win there (2m3f, soft) when back up in trip, and stamina also looked a strength in a 3m point in 2021; no surprise if he's in the mix.
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5

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

War Soldier

11st 11lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

midfield on inner

12/1

5

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

War Soldier

11st 11lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

midfield on inner

12/1

9th

4

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

16:35 Wetherby

War Soldier

11st 6lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Won two novice hurdles last season (2m/1m7f) and was suited by the step back up in trip when winning over C&D (soft) four weeks ago, doing well to rally after his rider lost an iron after two out; unexposed at this distance and a 6lb rise may not stop him.

4/1

Form: 21-612

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
Bumper winner who scored at Uttoxeter (2m4f, soft) in November on second hurdle start and was runner-up at Exeter (2m, heavy) last time; begins handicap life on a fair mark and this very lightly raced 5yo could improve for the step up in trip; in good hands to progress and on the shortlist.
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9

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

Ten Lengths Tom

11st 7lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

prominent

15/2

9

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

Ten Lengths Tom

11st 7lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

prominent

15/2

2nd

1

23rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

15:05 Exeter

Ten Lengths Tom

11st 9lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Bumper winner who built upon November's encouraging seasonal/hurdle debut when battling well to collect Uttoxeter maiden (2m4f, soft) four days later; has a major role to play here.

7/4

Form: 21U24P D

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Won at Musselburgh (3m, good to soft) in November and went close there on New Year's Day (3m, soft); he's a contender on that form but he's been below par at Musselburgh the last twice (pulled up most recently).
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13

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

Call Me Harry

10st 12lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Iain Jardine

raced in last

16/1

13

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

Call Me Harry

10st 12lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Iain Jardine

raced in last

16/1

4

5th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

18:10 Musselburgh

Call Me Harry

11st 0lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Iain Jardine

Runs this track well and when behind a couple of these here last time he was let down by his jumping; respected.

7/1

Non-runners

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Payout
Exacta £32.10
Straight Forecast £26.04
Tricast £156.54
Trifecta £245.70

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Catch Him Derry

The Times:

Whistle Stop Tour

TOPSPEED:

Shoeshine Boy

WEST COUNTRY:

Mt Fugi Park

Telegraph:

Ten Lengths Tom

The Guardian:

Scipion

RP RATINGS:

Catch Him Derry

Daily Mail:

Catch Him Derry

D Express:

Catch Him Derry

Daily Mirror:

Catch Him Derry

The Sun:

Catch Him Derry

Daily Record:

Catch Him Derry

The Star:

Whistle Stop Tour

POSTDATA:

Shoeshine Boy