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Timeform Eyecatcher: Tuesday

GENTLEMAN DE MAI

Third, 2m4½f handicap hurdle, Ayr, Tuesday 29 November

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Gentleman de Mai was unsuited by a steady gallop when a staying-on fifth on his handicap debut at Kelso earlier this month and it was a similar story at Ayr on Tuesday as another sedate tempo failed to bring his stamina into play.

Gentleman de Mai, a €110,000 purchase after finishing runner-up behind Journey With Me in an Irish point, will come into his own as a staying chaser, but he has shown enough in this sphere to suggest he can land a handicap hurdle before long if granted a sufficient test of stamina.

It's also worth noting that both handicaps the lightly-raced Gentleman de Mai has contested appeal as being strong pieces of form for the grade, so he will encounter easier opportunities.


Timeform Eyecatcher: Monday

HAKU

Winner, 1m4f handicap, Kempton, Monday 28 November

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Haku had produced a career best when filling the runner-up spot at Southwell a couple of weeks ago and confirmed that promise with another improved showing here to finally get off the mark.

Settled just behind the leaders in the early stages, he travelled well and quickly forged clear after being produced to lead on the bridle with less than two furlongs to run, ultimately winning by two and three-quarter lengths in ready fashion.

Admittedly, Haku was seen to maximum advantage in a steadily-run affair, but he's a scopey sort who has made a positive start for his new yard, this being just his fourth run for Mark Loughnane (formerly trained by John Butler).

There could well be more to come as his connections plot a profitable campaign on the all-weather this winter.


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