13:40 Ayr Sat 22 April 2017

  • Weatherbys Hamilton Novices' Handicap Chase (Class 2)
  • 3m 67y, Good (Good to Soft in places)
  • 12 Runners
  • Winner£16,245.002nd£4,770.003rd£2,385.004th£1,192.00
  • Surface: Turf
Sort By:

Weighed In

Winning time:6m 4.0sOff time:13:40:19
NEW! Keep an eye out for ‘Insights’ against a horse for additional clues towards its chance! Read more...
1
811-12OR: 148
9/2

Has progressed well on the past year, going up 28lb in the weights after winning four in a row all at 2m7f-3m. Early blunder cost him any chance in National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham last time, so couldn't say that this mark beat him and while this is tough he looks likely to be heavily involved.

Last RunWatch last race
2
711-12OR: 148
10/1

In really good form in novices' contest all winter, winning a couple of them. Was sent off 16/1 in the ultra-competitive Ultima at Cheltenham last time and beaten 47L there, which is the only real blot. Back against novices he should fare better.

Last RunWatch last race
3
811-7OR: 143
9/1

Won nicely at Exeter earlier in the season and after being out of form a couple of times he came back with a vengeance at Kempton last time for a wide margin success. 4lb higher today and holds decent claims if in the same form.

Last RunWatch last race
4
611-6OR: 142
10/1

Handicap wins earlier in the season came from marks of 130 and 138 and goes into this 4lb higher than the latter. Not been up to the graded contests that he has been in since, but may appreciate this return to handicapping and has a chance if on song.

Last RunWatch last race
5
911-4OR: 140
8/1

Won at both Hereford and Newbury in February on testing ground each time and was in the process of running a big race when tipping up in the Midlands National last time. Same mark today and absolutely entitled to consideration, though forecast going is a concern.

Last RunWatch last race
6
911-1OR: 137
18/1

Unseated at Lingfield when going well and may have been coming here on the back of a hat-trick if it wasn't for that, having won at Plumpton either side of it. Has gone up 11lb for a 35L win last time. This is a significant step up, but trainer has him in super form and merits plenty of respect.

Last RunWatch last race
7
Keltust182
811-0OR: 136
6/1

In good form last summer/autumn on better ground. Stays 3m1f and while he has won on good to soft, he would want it drier than forecast to have his best chance. Nonetheless, he is consistent and goes well when fresh, so cannot be ruled out.

Last RunWatch last race
8
811-0OR: 136
5/1

With the exception if the ill-fated Pete The Pear he beat nothing at Wetherby, but no denying that he has had a good season and, having bypassed both Cheltenham and Aintree, he comes into this fresher than some. Assessor did not raise him for that latest win and he may still be well handicapped here.

Last RunWatch last race
9
910-13OR: 135
28/1

Has run well on both starts here, winning in February over 2m4½f (soft) and not disgraced on bottomless ground when attempting the follow-up. Forecast conditions should suit him better and he might go better today, though likely to find a few too good.

Last RunWatch last race
10
810-12OR: 134
15/2

Won back-to-back novices' handicaps at Leicester over 2m6½f (good and then soft ground) and the eighth in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham last time, beaten 31L. Races from same mark today and couldn't rule out a better effort now dropped again in trip.

Last RunWatch last race
11
810-11OR: 133
16/1

In really good form throughout the winter, winning three and being runner-up in two other chases to rise 28lb in the handicap. Couldn't handle the step up in class at Aintree last time, but this is more like his level and if firing he would have an each-way shout.

Last RunWatch last race
12
810-4OR: 126
16/1

Recorded back-to-back Carlisle wins in March 2016, though they were in novices' hurdles. 0-4 over fences thus far and not showing enough to think that cheek pieces might make the difference today.

Last RunWatch last race

Last Year's Winner

Last year's winner is unavailable

Betting

Forecast

Beware The Bear (9/2), Delusionofgrandeur (5/1), Keltus (6/1), Bells 'n' Banjos (15/2), Final Nudge (8/1), Laurium (9/1), Label Des Obeaux (10/1), Calett Mad (10/1), I Just Know (16/1), Baby Bach (16/1), Minella On Line (18/1), No No Mac (28/1)

Verdict

Nicky Henderson holds a strong hand here with both Beware The Bear and Laurium. A win for either would not surprise, though preference is for MINELLA ON LINE, who takes a step up in class here but is fancied to cope. Delusionofgrandeur could give them all plenty to think about from up front, while it would a surprise if Label Des Obeaux were not there at the business end.
  1. Minella On Line
  2. Laurium
  3. Delusionofgrandeur

Video Replay

Most Followed

On The Blind Side

F: 1-111

T: N J Henderson

Old Glory

F: -

T: A P O'Brien

Brewin'upastorm

F: 1-1

T: Olly Murphy

Javert

F: 51U1U1/

T: Miss E C Lavelle

Breath Of Air

F: 8

T: C Hills

Most Followed

On The Blind Side

F: 1-111

T: N J Henderson

Old Glory

F: -

T: A P O'Brien

Brewin'upastorm

F: 1-1

T: Olly Murphy

Javert

F: 51U1U1/

T: Miss E C Lavelle

Breath Of Air

F: 8

T: C Hills

Next Race Off
18:00 Newcastle
8
(12)
Mankind
J: Hollie Doyle
3
(10)
My Brother Mike
J: C Lee
10
(13)
Exclusive Waters
J: F Norton
11
(2)
Nadine
J: J Garritty
9
(1)
Island Flame
J: P Mathers
13
(11)
Stand Firm
J: Ben Curtis
5
(8)
Savannah Moon
J: T Eaves
1
(5)
Archipeligo
J: Patrick Vaughan
14
(3)
French Flyer
J: Callum Rodriguez
2
(7)
Vivernus
J: A Mullen
12
(14)
Highland Bobby
J: S A Gray
4
(6)
Symbolic Star
J: Connor Murtagh

Racing Tips

Check out our free horse racing selections and preview for today's action

Tuesday's racing preview

Nick Robson makes Handmaiden his best Tuesday bet and he has a selection for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Find out who our team are backing ahead of today's racing

Sporting Life: Daily Nap

Matt Brocklebank is back in the Nap hotseat as he heads to Lingfield on Tuesday for the best bet of the day.

Horses parade in the sun at Sandown Park

Sporting Life: Tipping record

A look at how the Sporting Life recommended bets have performed in September 2018.