12:00 Kelso Sun 9 December 2018

  • New Jumps Season On Racing UK 'National Hunt' Auction Maiden Hurdle (Class 4)
  • 2m 51y, Good to Soft
  • 10 Runners
  • Winner£4,224.002nd£1,240.003rd£620.004th£310.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:3m 55.9sOff time:12:00:11
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1
611-0OR:
33/1

1-10 in Irish PTP's and joined this yard from Colin Bowe for £21,000 in May 2017; off since; stable also represented by Ardglass Star.

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2
411-0OR:
40/1

£10,000 3yo; fairly low-key in a couple of recent runs in bumpers but starts off his hurdling career at a realistic level (dam was an unraced half-sister to 2m4f winner Cuteasafox); stable also represented by Alone No More.

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3
411-0OR:
14/1

£15,000 pick out of the Irish PTP scene; started 80/1 on hurdles debut at Market Rasen (2m2f+) 17-days ago and certainly didn't figure anything like a future winner; more time required.

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4
611-0OR:
14/1

Placed in three of his four starts in bumpers, with his best run arguably coming at Carlisle in March (2m1f) when beaten just 2½L by Dr Sanderson; trip and ground conceivably did him no favours on his recent hurdles debut.

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6
80/1

Bought for £30,000 in May after finishing 14L third to Lock's Corner in a 3m Dawstown maiden; well-beaten last of five on bumper/stable debut at Musselburgh just under a fortnight ago; quickly sent hurdling.

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7
411-0OR:
6/1

Solid enough in bumpers, including when beaten a short-head by Sporting Press at Musselburgh in March (2m, good to soft) and made a pleasing start to his hurdles career in a similar modest 2m maiden at Ayr in May; holds every chance.

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8
411-0OR:
14/1

€30,000 3yo; has run to a similar level of form (under different riding tactics) in a couple of spins in bumpers, without appearing to be anything out of the ordinary; possible pace angle on hurdles debut; stablemate of Pinspot.

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9
411-0OR:
40/1

Yet to demonstrate much in the way of ability in bumpers or over hurdles despite the fact his dam was a winner in both disciplines; heavy ground a possible excuse at Ayr latest; trainer also saddles the less exposed Mint Gold.

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10
411-0OR: BF
1/1

Always held by the 5L winner Southfield Stone in a Taunton bumper last month, but this 4yo has travelled north from Devon for his hurdling debut (in a modest contest), so must enter the reckoning.

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11
510-7OR: 107
7/2

Has plenty of hurdling experience, twice finishing runner-up including on her latest outing in a mares' novices' at Musselburgh (beaten a neck); rated 107 and entirely possible that a run to that sort of figure will prove good enough.

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Non-Runners

5
Bridane High25
511-0OR: -
T: Mrs J StephenJ: Non Runner

Last Year's Winner

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Betting

Forecast

Romeo Brown (1/1), West Coast Lass (7/2), Leostar (6/1), Big Bad Dream (14/1), Armattiekan (14/1), Mint Gold (14/1), Bridane High (16/1), Alone No More (33/1), Pinspot (40/1), Ardglass Star (40/1), Express Des Mottes (80/1)

Verdict

A very winnable maiden hurdle in which there's no obvious standout contender. However, the trio to concentrate upon are probably the mare West Coast Lass, the long-distance traveller Romeo Brown and the Alistair Whillans-trained LEOSTAR. The selection has proved himself to be a reliable performer in bumpers, and ran well when caught close home by a stablemate of West Coast Lass (Shankill Castle) on hurdles debut at an additional Ayr fixture in May. With the ground expected to be riding little or no worse than good to soft, now is probably the ideal time for breaking the maiden tag before much softer ground conditions materialise.
  1. Leostar
  2. Romeo Brown
  3. West Coast Lass

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