14:25 Ayr Sat 13 April 2019

  • CPMS Scottish Champion Hurdle (Grade 2 Handicap) (Class 1)
  • 2m, Good
  • 14 Runners
  • Winner£59,798.002nd£22,438.003rd£11,235.004th£5,596.005th£2,814.006th£1,407.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:3m 39.2sOff time:14:27:25
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1
711-10OR: 154D
4/1

Shocked then reigining champion hurdle Buveur D'Air in Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle at Kempton and was fifth in Champion Hurdle last month. Disappointed in this race 12 months ago off much lower mark but is better horse now.

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2
811-9OR: 153D
11/1

Never going and pulled up when behind in Champion Hurdle last month. Previously landed Grade 2 International Hurdle at Cheltenham and rated 5lb lower now. Chance if recovered from torrid experience last time.

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4
711-0OR: 144D
17/2

Decent hurdler who ran as though he might have blown up after six-month break when 13th in County Hurdle at Cheltenham last time. Runs off same mark and has top jockey on board so is worth of consideration.

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5
511-0OR: 144D
10/1

Fourth behind Verdana Blue in Grade 2 Elite Hurdle at Wincanton in November. Campaigned on Flat since and could go well off 3lb lower mark than last hurdle outing.

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6
510-12OR: 142D
7/1

6lb higher than fine win in Grade 3 Imperial Cup at Sandown last month. Missed Cheltenham so should be fairly fresh and looks to have strong claims if in similar form to latest success. Top yard seek third win in this race.

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7
810-10OR: 140CD
25/1

Won listed handicap hurdle at Market Rasen in September but not seen since disappointing at Cheltenham in Grade 3 event in November. Previously progressive profile but still to prove he can hold his own at this level.

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8
510-7OR: 137BF
13/2

Third in last season's Fred Winter at Cheltenham Fetsival and third last time at Newbury last month off 3lb lower mark where stayed on well after being given plenty to do. First time tongue-tie now applied.

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9
510-5OR: 135DWS
7/1

Two wins and two thirds over hurdles so far and returns having undergone wind surgery following fair third at Taunton last time out. Interesting if op brings about further improvement.

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10
610-5OR: 135
16/1

Won off 4lb lower mark at Doncaster in December but looked in handicapper's grip off this rating when held in third at Newbury last time out. More needed, but champion jockey doing the steering.

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11
610-4OR: 134CD
14/1

Justified favouritism over C&D at this fixture last year and comes here after two good wins at lower level. Raised 5lb since last success but confidence must be high now and represents top jockey-trainer combination.

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12
510-4OR: 134D
10/1

Beat Redicean at Cheltenham in October and 5lb worse off for just over three lengths. Rested until promising Flat effort recently at Dundalk and classy rider booked here. Looks to have been teed up for this.

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13
810-4OR: 134D
25/1

Did well a couple of seasons ago but hasn't appeared to be the force of old over the last 12 months or so. Easing down the weights but hard to recommend on recent evidence.

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14
710-4OR: 133D
20/1

Yard won this last year with 25/1 shot and is in good form following wins in lower grade at Catterick and Haydock. 14lb rise looks harsh but shrewd connections still come here so may feel they have a horse who is very much on the upgrade.

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15
610-4OR: 130D
50/1

Run well most starts this term and only faded last 150 yards at Kelso last time. 3lb rise looks plenty though and will do well to mix it here with better rivals despite low weight.

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Non-Runners

3
Mister Fisher32
511-1OR: 145
T: N J HendersonJ: Nico de Boinville

Last Year's Winner

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Midnight Shadow510-425/1
T: Mrs S J SmithJ: Danny Cook

Betting

Forecast

Verdana Blue (4/1), Mister Fisher (5/1), Nube Negra (13/2), Malaya (7/1), Anemoi (7/1), Leoncavallo (17/2), Pearl Of The West (10/1), Redicean (10/1), Brain Power (11/1), Dino Velvet (14/1), Equus Amadeus (16/1), Captain Moirette (20/1), Irish Roe (25/1), Caius Marcius (25/1), Get Out The Gate (50/1)

Verdict

The relatively unexposed mare PEARL OF THE WEST could well have been trained all term with this race in mind. She comes here relatively fresh and should be spot on after a good recent effort on the Flat. There are plenty of dangers in a hot race. Malaya could prove the toughest nut to crack and should go close, while Captain Moirette may run well at decent odds. Of the Henderson-trained trio, Mister Fisher may do best, although if Verdana Blue returns to form he should be right in the thick of the action
  1. Pearl Of The West
  2. Malaya
  3. Mister Fisher

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