15:15 Ayr 21 Apr 2017

L&M Surveys Novices' Handicap Hurdle (Class 3) (4YO plus)

Winner £7,798 - 11 run - Draw Advantage: None

3

3m 70y

Good to Soft (Good in places)

Weather: View Course Guide

No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
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Data quality73%
Position
1
34-2131
iT
Purple and white check, purple sleeves (A L Gregg & B H McFadzean)

King Of Fashion (IRE)  24 

ch g Desert King - French Fashion (Jamesmead)

7 11-12 t
127
7 11-12 t
127

Cruised clear to complete a simple task in 23f Hexham event last month, following on from his victory here at the turn of the year. Seemingly holds little secrets from the handicapper, though.

Cruised clear to complete a simple task in 23f Hexham event last month, following on from his victory here at the turn of the year. Seemingly holds little secrets from the handicapper, though.

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King Of Fashion Score: 349

2
248111
iT
Yellow, black chevrons, yellow sleeves, hooped cap (Mr G S Brown)

Sammy B 30 

br g Overbury - This Thyne (Good Thyne)

7 11-7
122
7 11-7
122

Completed the hat-trick at Haydock last month, though fortunate on the day and didn't need to improve. Dangerous to discount all the same in current mood.

Completed the hat-trick at Haydock last month, though fortunate on the day and didn't need to improve. Dangerous to discount all the same in current mood.

Sammy B Score: 368

3
67421U
iT
White, emerald green diamond, sleeves and diamond on cap (Mr M Sawers)

Strong Economy (IRE)  53 

ch g Sandmason - Odd Decision (Little Bighorn)

5 11-7
122
5 11-7
122

Has raced exclusively at Ayr and off the mark in maiden company (21.4f) in January. Unseated seventh on subsequent handicap debut and suspect he'll be vulnerable for the win in this field.

Has raced exclusively at Ayr and off the mark in maiden company (21.4f) in January. Unseated seventh on subsequent handicap debut and suspect he'll be vulnerable for the win in this field.

Strong Economy Score: 339

4
1-1634
iT
Dark blue, lilac sleeves, lilac and white quartered cap (N W A Bannister & M J R Bannister)

Rockportian (IRE)  71 

b g Definite Article - Wilmott's Fancy (Buckley)

7 11-6
121
7 11-6
121

Wide-margin winner of Irish point and also took Uttoxeter bumper a year ago. Might not be all that badly treated on handicap debut on form of Wetherby third 2 runs back and 3m will suit.

Wide-margin winner of Irish point and also took Uttoxeter bumper a year ago. Might not be all that badly treated on handicap debut on form of Wetherby third 2 runs back and 3m will suit.

Rockportian Score: 408

2
5
1-3231
iT
Emerald green and yellow (quartered), white sleeves and cap (Mr Trevor Hemmings)

Winningtry (IRE)  26 

br g Flemensfirth - Jeruflo (Glacial Storm)

6 11-6
121
6 11-6
121

Had a couple of promising rivals in behind when opening account over hurdles at Wincanton last month and this longer trip seems sure to suit now handicapping.

Had a couple of promising rivals in behind when opening account over hurdles at Wincanton last month and this longer trip seems sure to suit now handicapping.

Winningtry Score: 468

1
6
8712
iT
Purple and white check, purple sleeves, yellow cap (A L Gregg & B H McFadzean)

Glingerside (IRE)  41 

b g Milan - Kettle 'n Cran (Zaffaran)

6 11-5
120
6 11-5
120

Becoming a regular here like his stablemate and may have followed up his 2m novice win upped in trip last time had his rider not dropped his whip after the last. 3m will suit on handicap bow.

Becoming a regular here like his stablemate and may have followed up his 2m novice win upped in trip last time had his rider not dropped his whip after the last. 3m will suit on handicap bow.

Glingerside Score: 379

7
21-2164
iT
Yellow, royal blue hooped sleeves, royal blue cap, yellow spots (Colm McDonnell)

Important Moment (IRE)  28 

b g Milan - Cuiloge Lady (Beneficial)

8 11-5 t
120
8 11-5 t
120

Point winner who landed 2m Perth maiden hurdle last summer and was back on track in first-time tongue strap after 6 weeks off at Musselburgh. May yet do better in handicaps up in trip now.

Point winner who landed 2m Perth maiden hurdle last summer and was back on track in first-time tongue strap after 6 weeks off at Musselburgh. May yet do better in handicaps up in trip now.

Important Moment Score: 363

8
230512
iT
Purple, grey star, armlets and star on cap (The Mojan Partnership)

Just Milly (IRE)  18 

b m Milan - Out Performer (Persian Bold)

6 11-3
118
6 11-3
118

Doncaster winner in December and better form in defeat at Huntingdon after 3 months off. Longer trip sure to suit on handicap debut and leading claims.

Doncaster winner in December and better form in defeat at Huntingdon after 3 months off. Longer trip sure to suit on handicap debut and leading claims.

Just Milly Score: 384

4
9
57-2544
iT
Royal blue, white hoops, maroon sleeves and cap (McNeill Family & A King)

Thomas Shelby (IRE)  49 

b g Witness Box - Deemiss (Buckskin)

6 11-1
116
6 11-1
116

Was backed ahead of last month's handicap debut at Newbury with the step up to 3m promising to suit so his run has to go down as disappointing.

Was backed ahead of last month's handicap debut at Newbury with the step up to 3m promising to suit so his run has to go down as disappointing.

Thomas Shelby Score: 325

10
2-72185
iT
Royal blue, yellow sash, royal blue sleeves, yellow stars, hooped cap (Mr D V Gardner)

Trans Express (IRE)  63 

br g Trans Island - Hazel Fastrack (Shambo)

7 10-8
109
7 10-8
109

Still looks fairly treated given the strength of his Exeter win over 18.5f but has been below form on both starts since over longer trips.

Still looks fairly treated given the strength of his Exeter win over 18.5f but has been below form on both starts since over longer trips.

Trans Express Score: 408

2
11
F31-434
iT
Black, yellow sash, white cap (Mrs A M Thomson)

Robintheaulad (IRE)  21 

b g Robin Des Champs - Brotenstown (Presenting)

6 10-5 t
106
6 10-5 t
106

Lightly raced and potentially well treated (fairly useful bumper winner), though form of his disappointing Wetherby run last time doesn't look great. Upped to 3m.

Lightly raced and potentially well treated (fairly useful bumper winner), though form of his disappointing Wetherby run last time doesn't look great. Upped to 3m.

Robintheaulad Score: 319

Verdict

Winningtry is a progressive type who should be suited by this drying ground and longer distance, while King Of Fashion is interesting now effectively 7lb lower under handy amateur rider Tom Greatrex. Glingerside is lightly-raced for a six-year-old and may have won last time had his rider not dropped his stick, but ROCKPORTIAN should appreciate having his sights lowered after a fair effort in a hot novice race at Doncaster last time and the booking of Richard Johnson is noteworthy.

Verdict

A hot handicap featuring plenty of promising novices and JUST MILLY could be the pick of them on her handicap debut, looking ahead of her mark and with the longer trip sure to suit. Winningtry fits the mould of other stayers that have done so well for his owner and has to be respected, while Rockportian is another one going handicapping who might not be all that badly treated.

Previous Winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2016 Soft 9 Gully's Edge 6 11 11 126 2-2321 17 days J M Jefferson (212 miles) J Hamilton 9/2 6:27.05
2015 Good 11 Capard King 6 10 13 122 368113 18 days Jonjo O'Neill (335 miles) A P McCoy 11/2 6:02.86
2014 Good to Soft 8 Ulzana's Raid 5 11 6 128 1631 23 days A King (379 miles) R Thornton 11/4 6:10.70
2013 Good to Soft 5 Seymour Eric 8 11 12 135 P-11113 30 days M Keighley (335 miles) I Popham 3/1 6:18.70
2012 Good 10 Malin Bay 7 10 11 115 U3-8UU1 18 days N Richards (116 miles) F Davis 16/1 5:54.00
2011 Good 10 Arctic Court 7 10 10 114 271P23 34 days J Goldie (36 miles) T J Murphy 11/2 6:00.59
2010 Good 8 Tillietudlem 4 10 12 120 431150 145 days J Goldie (36 miles) G Lee 28/1 6:09.20
2009 Good 8 Grand Theatre 7 11 12 127 24-1410 34 days N Richards (116 miles) D Condon 16/1 5:54.40
2008 Good to Soft 7 Asian Royale 7 11 1 113 222311 6 days C Byrnes N P Madden 7/4 5:59.40
2007 Good to Firm 4 Otto des Pictons 5 11 3 114 52225 41 days P Nicholls (403 miles) R Walsh 11/8 5:59.00
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