12:40 Ayr Sun 19 January 2020
Produced from off the pace to win a 6yo+ 3m maiden at Castletown-Geoghegan (soft) in October; makes his rules/hurdles debut for a trainer who is 0-4 with her previous runners at Ayr; consult the market.
Cost James Ewart the tidy sum of £55,000 in February 2018; made a low-key seasonal reappearance at Newcastle (2m Class 4 handicap) a fortnight ago; finished runner-up in a 2m4½f novices' hurdle here (soft) in March 2019.
Has shown precious little under rules (2m-2m5f) since joining Ronan McNally for £20,000 in May 2019; is very difficult to fancy in newly applied cheekpieces unless an avalanche of market support arrives.
Half-brother to the 2m-2m1f chaser Miss Mackie; pulled-up in a point-to-point at Hexham (3m, heavy) in April 2018; absent since; first start/hurdles debut for Stuart Coltherd.
Bought out of the Irish point-to-point scene for £16,000; 33-1 when a tailed-off eighth of nine on hurdles/stable debut at Kelso (2m6½f, soft) three weeks ago.
Newcastle bumper winner for the late M.Jefferson; made a most promising start over hurdles - his neck second to Coole Hall at Kelso (2m5f, good) in Oct 2017 is very strong form; absent since (833 days); making his belated debut for N.Richards.
Winning pointer (joined Sandy Thomson for £10,000 in May 2019); made the frame on rules/stable debut at Hexham (2m4f, soft) in October when a pleasing third to Darry Desbois; one for the shortlist despite a 99-day absence.
Half-brother to the useful hurdler Fixe Le Kap (2m-2m3f); reasonably proficient in a couple of similar contests in Ireland (Punchestown and Limerick) in recent weeks; ought to make his presence felt with Richard Johnson doing the steering.
Last Year's Winner
|Off The Hook||7||10-12||2/1|
|T: N W AlexanderJ: Lucy Alexander|
Zambezi Fix (13/8), The Ferry Master (9/4), Mayo Star (7/2), Bluefortytwo (7/1), Babysean (33/1), Dreal Deal (40/1), Grumpy Boots (100/1), Fairlee Clever (100/1)
- Mayo Star
- Zambezi Fix
- The Ferry Master
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