16:00 Ayr Sun 19 January 2020

Scheduled
  • Cheltenham Preview Dinner At Western House Hotel Handicap Hurdle (Class 5)
  • 3m 70y, Heavy
  • 9 Runners
  • Winner£3,834.002nd£1,126.003rd£563.004th£450.005th£450.006th£450.007th£450.008th£450.00
  • Surface: Turf
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711-12OR: 96C

Has had various trainers over the years, inc Karl Burke & Martin Keighley (lowly-rated after a brief stint for Aytach Sadik); runner-up on his last two starts for Gordon Elliott, including when no match for Epsom Des Mottes here (2m5½f) latest; 3m?

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2
511-12OR: 96

Hasn't shown any obvious ability over hurdles (0-4); finished 13th of 16 on handicap debut at Clonmel (2m4f, heavy) ten days ago; on pedigree it's virtually impossible to argue a case for him staying this 3m trip; look elsewhere.

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911-8OR: 92BFCD

Beat Airdrigh by 5L when an unchallenged winner of this race 12 months ago (now rated 8lb higher); has made the frame in each of her last two starts, including when a close third (beaten 1L) to Mamoo at Catterick (3m1½f) on New Year's Day; player.

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711-5OR: 89

13-race maiden; was making his debut for Maurice Barnes (off an 11-month absence) when starting at odds of 66-1 at Musselburgh (1m7½f, good to soft) recently; now 5lb lower with grave stamina doubts (untested) at 3m.

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1111-4OR: 88D

Doesn't win all that often (1-20 under rules) but can generally be relied upon to produce a consistent level of form; 2lb higher than when finishing 1½L second to Pray For A Rainbow at Wetherby (3m, soft) during the festive period; a possible.

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611-3OR: 87

11-race maiden; jumped poorly throughout when tailed-off and pulled-up over an extended 2m4f here (soft) early in the New Year; the application of cheekpieces can't be viewed as a positive sign; look elsewhere.

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1211-0OR: 84CD

Continues on a long losing run since landing the hat-trick in early 2018 (Kelso, Ayr and Carlisle); is easing sharply in the weights but at the age of 12 one must question whether or not his passion for the racing game still burns within.

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1010-11OR: 81

Useful novice (back in 2014/15); patiently handled by Phil Kirby in recent years and that approach was duly rewarded when gamely landing some sizeable bets at Uttoxeter (2m7½f, heavy) on New Year's Eve; much respected from a 3lb higher mark.

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910-9OR: 79CD

Comfortable 6L winner over fences here (3m, soft) in February 2019; clobbered by the handicapper thereafter and that unsurprisingly thwarted his momentum; relishes testing conditions; holds an outside squeak of a place from an easing handicap mark.

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Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
Emma Beag810-115/1
T: Julia BrookeJ: Henry Brooke

Betting

Forecast

Aniknam (9/4), Wind Of Hope (4/1), Emma Beag (9/2), Sporty Yankee (11/2), Mcginty's Dream (13/2), Letemgo (10/1), Easy Cash D'Alex (11/1), Chasing Charlie (40/1), Bobby Boucher (80/1)

Verdict

The winner of this concluding 3m handicap hurdle will almost certainly come from the quartet of Sporty Yankee, Wind Of Hope, Emma Beag and ANIKNAM. Gordon Elliott's charge must prove his stamina over this trip, while last year's winner Emma Beag comes into the race in-form, admittedly from an 8lb higher mark than 12 months ago. Therefore, the selection is Phil Kirby's one-time useful novice who reportedly landed some sizeable bets when scoring in a very game manner at Uttoxeter on New Year's Eve. Assuming that the exertions of that race haven't taken their toll, he should go close from a token 3lb higher mark.
  1. Aniknam
  2. Emma Beag
  3. Sporty Yankee
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