April 19 / 17.00 Ayr

17.00

Soft

GS Group “Hands & Heels” Handicap Hurdle (Conditionals’/Amateur Riders’) (RE Series Finale) (Div II)

  • Prize money: £5281
  • 2m 4f 100y
  • Class 4
  • 8 runners
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GS Group “Hands & Heels” Handicap Hurdle (Conditionals’/Amateur Riders’) (RE Series Finale) (Div II)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.00
  • Place: £1.90

Form: 4116P5 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Pulled up/well beaten over fences/hurdles on her two handicap starts and a return to form is needed; however, she's in top hands and a case can be made judged on her two novice wins last September (2m4f/2m1f, good to soft/heavy); not discounted.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

11

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 2

15:00 Ayr

Presenting Nelly

10st 2lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Dan Skelton

Won two novice hurdles last September (2m4f/2m1f; good to soft/heavy); pulled up/well beaten over fences/hurdles in first two handicaps but was a ready winner over 2m4f here yesterday; unpenalised but has more to prove up in trip if turning up again from out of the weights.

12/1

7th

11

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 2

15:00 Ayr

Presenting Nelly

10st 2lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Dan Skelton

prominent behind clear leaders, weakened 2 out

12/1

1st

6

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

17:00 Ayr

Presenting Nelly

11st 1lb

J: Mr Sean O’Connor

T: Dan Skelton

in touch with leaders on outer

8/1

16/1

  • Place: £3.90

Form: 736224 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Ex-Willie Mullins; useful dual-purpose performer in his prime; however, on a reduced mark but he's been beaten in claiming/selling hurdles on his last three starts and others have more compelling claims.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

1

(1)

7th Jun 2024

Good

1m 3f 140y

Class 5

17:28 Haydock

Foveros

11st 3lb

J: Miss Isabella Oliver

T: Henry Oliver

prominent

20/1

5th

6

(5)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 209y

Class 4

17:10 Ascot

Foveros

9st 9lb

J: Jack Doughty

T: Henry Oliver

took keen hold, prominent

14/1

5th

6

(5)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 209y

Class 4

17:10 Ascot

Foveros

9st 9lb

J: Jack Doughty

T: Henry Oliver

took keen hold, prominent

14/1

9/2

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 409014

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Faded into fourth at Wincanton (2m5f, soft) last time and needs a bigger performance today, but earlier last month he won under Paddy Hanlon at Carlisle (2m3f, soft) and he's a player if rediscovering that form; wears cheekpieces for first time over hurdles (ran okay in them once on the Flat).
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

6

16th Jun 2024

Yielding

2m 1f 165y

16:05 Downpatrick

Seasett

11st 4lb

J: Paddy Hanlon

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Won at Carlisle in March and ran well in a couple of handicap hurdles in Britain subsequently; jumped poorly when pullled up over fences here last month but a different proposition back over flights when scoring gamely at Limerick last month; contender.

7/1

1st

2

30th May 2024

Good To Firm

2m 3f 0y

18:47 Limerick

Seasett

12st 0lb

J: Paddy Hanlon

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Dual Flat winner won 2m4f Carlisle handicap hurdle in March and good third at Ayr, both on soft; let down by jumping on chase debut latest and reverts to hurdles with ground concerns.

14/1

100/30

Form: 555122 D

Last run: 75 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict
Won at Musselburgh (2m4f, good to soft) in December and runner-up there the next twice (2m4f, soft); strong claims if his fine form continues now at a different track; won at Cork early in career; fair fifth here in November.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

8

27th May 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 83y

Class 2

14:55 Cartmel

Lihyan

10st 12lb

J: William Maggs

T: Rebecca Menzies

held up in last, mistake 5th

11/2

8th

8

27th May 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 83y

Class 2

14:55 Cartmel

Lihyan

10st 12lb

J: William Maggs

T: Rebecca Menzies

Seemed suited by the step up to 2m7f when a convincing winner at Market Rasen last time (good); up 6lb; handles soft ground and could improve again now up to 3m1f.

11/2

1st

6

10th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 16y

Class 3

15:15 Market Rasen

Lihyan

11st 3lb

J: William Maggs

T: Rebecca Menzies

Wins have been at 2m1f (good) and 2m4f (good to soft); unraced beyond the latter distance but he's running well and a strong traveller; hard to rule out.

9/1

Form: 13P-33 CD

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
Following a layoff he's been soundly beaten in third on his two starts this year; however, this 6yo may be working his way back to form and completed a double with C&D novice win (heavy) in January 2023; not written off.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

2

11th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

18:35 Warwick

Glen Cannel

11st 10lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: L J Morgan

jumped right on occasions, led

7/2

5th

2

11th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

18:35 Warwick

Glen Cannel

11st 10lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: L J Morgan

jumped right on occasions, led

7/2

5th

2

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

17:00 Ayr

Glen Cannel

11st 13lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: L J Morgan

didn't always jump with fluency, disputed lead early, led overall 2nd

6/1

Form: 5-4156 CD

Last run: 30 days

W: 12st 0lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
13yo who has been well beaten over C&D and at Haydock the last twice; however, he's a four-time course winner, with the latest of those over C&D in December (soft), and he's not ruled out at his favourite track.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

1

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

17:00 Ayr

Better Getalong

12st 0lb

J: Miss Ella McGarry

T: Nicky Richards

disputed lead early, raced in second after 2nd, raced slightly wide with one circuit to go

14/1

Form: -43123 CD BF

Last run: 244 days

W: 10st 6lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
12yo who has contested the last five runnings of this race with form figures of 21542; this is his first outing since last August but he can go well fresh and lines up on a handy mark; could be involved once more.
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Verdict Starting price

9th

2

15th Jun 2024

Good

3m 0f 41y

Class 5

17:27 Hexham

Castletown

11st 13lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Good-ground winner at around 3m at Kelso and Perth, the latter last summer and in a first-time visor; 2lb lower here but had been in better form going in to that winning effort; claims if back to the level of his penultimate start at Kelso.

8/1

5th

8

26th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 4

14:50 Kelso

Castletown

10st 8lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

prominent, weakened after 2 out

8/1

5th

8

26th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 4

14:50 Kelso

Castletown

10st 8lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Veteran who's a rare winner; nearly 6l behind Everyday Champagne over nearly 3m here on latest start, but that was a step back in the right direction and he did score off a 1lb lower mark at Perth last July.

8/1

Form: 826

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict
Has shown ability in 2m/2m1f novice hurdles and this 3m point runner-up, who is a half-brother to two winning stayers, could relish the step up in trip on today's handicap debut; firmly in calculations.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

7

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

17:00 Ayr

Benefit Ben

10st 12lb

J: James Turner

T: Sandy Thomson

in touch with leaders on inner

9/2

8th

7

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

17:00 Ayr

Benefit Ben

10st 12lb

J: James Turner

T: Sandy Thomson

in touch with leaders on inner

9/2

6th

5

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

13:27 Newcastle

Benefit Ben

11st 5lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

held up in last, not fluent 4th

9/1

Non-runners

Barrichello

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £72.30
Straight Forecast £71.70
Tricast £416.83
Trifecta £264.90

Selections

Telegraph:

Lihyan

SPOTLIGHT:

Benefit Ben

TOPSPEED:

Castletown

RP RATINGS:

Glen Cannel

The Times:

Seasett

POSTDATA:

Glen Cannel

The Guardian:

Benefit Ben

D Express:

Benefit Ben

Daily Mirror:

Lihyan

The Sun:

Lihyan

Daily Record:

Lihyan

Daily Mail:

Castletown

The Star:

Castletown