12:30 Ayr 15 Nov 2017

Perfect Christmas Gifts At Ayr Racecourse Handicap Chase (Class 4) (4YO plus)

Winner £3,899 - 9 run - Draw Advantage: None

1

3m 67y

Soft (Heavy in places)

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21/PP14-
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Royal blue, pink star, pink sleeves, royal blue stars, pink cap, royal blue star (Mr J Perriss)

Thedrinkymeister (IRE)  247 

b g Heron Island - Keel Row (Relkino)

8 11-12 v
120
8 11-12 v
120

Perked up by visor when back to winning ways at Wetherby. Good fourth at Chepstow next time but remains high enough in weights on return.

Perked up by visor when back to winning ways at Wetherby. Good fourth at Chepstow next time but remains high enough in weights on return.

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11UUP-P
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Royal blue, yellow star, red and yellow chevrons on sleeves, yellow cap, royal blue star (Surefire Racing)

Rock Of Leon 13 

b g Rock Of Gibraltar - Leonica (Lion Cavern)

6 11-12 p
120
6 11-12 p
120

Failed to complete last 4 starts, including on debut for this yard 2 weeks ago.

Failed to complete last 4 starts, including on debut for this yard 2 weeks ago.

3
76PP-P1
iT
White and maroon check, maroon sleeves, white armlets, maroon cap (Mr Ken McGarrity)

Blue Kascade (IRE) (ex7)  7 

ch g Kaieteur - Lydia Blue (Eve's Error)

10 11-7
115 3
10 11-7
115 3

Landed a gamble off reduced mark at Musselburgh last week and obvious claims if in similar form under a penalty.

Landed a gamble off reduced mark at Musselburgh last week and obvious claims if in similar form under a penalty.

4
P2615-2
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Black and white stripes, chevrons on sleeves (D&d Armstrong Ltd)

Acdc (IRE)  18 

b g King's Theatre - Always Alert (Slip Anchor)

7 11-4 h
112
7 11-4 h
112

Hexham maiden hurdle winner in March. Good second on return/chase debut at Kelso and entitled to build on that.

Hexham maiden hurdle winner in March. Good second on return/chase debut at Kelso and entitled to build on that.

5
4362U-2
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Light blue and black (quartered), yellow sleeves, black cap (Mr Hw Turcan & Sir Simon Dunning)

Buffalo Ballet 16 

b g Kayf Tara - Minora (Cataldi)

11 11-2
110
11 11-2
110

Made the frame on a few occasions last season following a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Good second here (20f) on return and worth another go at this trip.

Made the frame on a few occasions last season following a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Good second here (20f) on return and worth another go at this trip.

6
82324-2
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Red, black star, red sleeves, black stars, red cap, black star (Smith & Spittal)

Nakadam (FR)  11 

b g Nickname - Cadoudame (Cadoudal)

7 11-0 t p
108
7 11-0 t p
108

Proving consistent this year, second here (21f) on return. Can give another good account.

Proving consistent this year, second here (21f) on return. Can give another good account.

7
422P23
iT
Black and white check, black sleeves, white armlets (Abbadis Racing & D A Harrison Racing)

Presented (IRE)  10 

ch g Presenting - Rustic Court (Quayside)

10 10-9
103
10 10-9
103

Good placed efforts last 2 starts but remains opposable for win purposes, however.

Good placed efforts last 2 starts but remains opposable for win purposes, however.

8
31/12FP-
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Emerald green and royal blue (quartered), emerald green sleeves, black cap (Mr Ronnie Lilley)

Finaghy Ayr (IRE)  226 

ch g Lahib - Ali Ankah (Insan)

9 10-8 p
102
9 10-8 p
102

Posted a career-best effort in defeat at Ayr, all but defying a 7 lb rise for reappearance Carlisle success. Failed to complete next 2 starts, however (reportedly bled) at Kelso final start.

Posted a career-best effort in defeat at Ayr, all but defying a 7 lb rise for reappearance Carlisle success. Failed to complete next 2 starts, however (reportedly bled) at Kelso final start.

9
2256/22-
iT
Red, royal blue seams, black cap (Mr Robert H Goldie)

Alfred Oats 303 

b g Alflora - Easter Oats (Oats)

13 10-0 t
94 12
13 10-0 t
94 12

Good runner-up efforts here both starts last season but easy to oppose from a long way out of the handicap.

Good runner-up efforts here both starts last season but easy to oppose from a long way out of the handicap.

Verdict

Recent Musselburgh scorer BLUE KASCADE could get loose on the front end again and he gets the vote to defy a 7lb penalty. Buffalo Ballet made a promising reappearance (finishing second) over the extended 2m4f here last month and could appreciate stepping back up in distance. He warrants plenty of respect despite being 3lb higher, while Presented, Nakadam, Acdc and Thedrinkymeister add further spice to the opening contest.

Verdict

BLUE KASCADE landed a gamble off a reduced mark at Musselburgh last week and is taken to follow up under a penalty. Acdc is the main threat after his promising second on chase debut/return at Kelso, while Nakadam should be in the mix again.

13:00 Ayr 15 Nov 2017

Book Now For The Coral Scottish Grand National Maiden Hurdle (Class 5) (4YO plus)

Winner £2,599 - 11 run - Draw Advantage: None

2

2m 4f 100y

Heavy (Soft in places)

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Age / Wt / OR
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Timeform says (star rating)
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4898-82
iT
Black, yellow chevron, hooped sleeves, yellow cap (Major E J Watt)

Arctic Vodka 20 

gr g Black Sam Bellamy - Auntie Kathleen (Terimon)

5 11-0
-
5 11-0
-

Showed improved form when runner-up at Carlisle (19.3f) last month. Steadily going the right way.

Showed improved form when runner-up at Carlisle (19.3f) last month. Steadily going the right way.

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00-
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Black, yellow sleeves, black armlets, black cap, yellow stars (Johnnie Delta Racing)

Braes Of Lochalsh 331 (34F) 

b g Tiger Hill - Gargoyle Girl (Be My Chief)

6 11-0
-
6 11-0
-

Poor form both starts in maiden hurdles. Uninspiring.

Poor form both starts in maiden hurdles. Uninspiring.

3
2223-
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White, royal blue cross of lorraine, chevrons on sleeves, quartered cap (Mrs J M Dodd)

Dunly (FR)  232 

b g Gris De Gris - Octavine Du Meix (Le Tajer)

4 11-0
-
4 11-0
-

Fair form in bumpers and ought to have a future over hurdles.

Fair form in bumpers and ought to have a future over hurdles.

4
374PP-3
iT
Royal blue, red chevrons, royal blue sleeves, white spots, white cap, royal blue stars (The Farming Army)

Graystown (IRE)  16 

b g Well Chosen - Temple Girl (Luso)

5 11-0
-
5 11-0
-

Placed twice from 9 starts in points, and ran to a fair level on hurdling debut when third at this course (16f) last month. Stoutly-bred and should be suited by this step up in trip.

Placed twice from 9 starts in points, and ran to a fair level on hurdling debut when third at this course (16f) last month. Stoutly-bred and should be suited by this step up in trip.

5
5212-2
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Emerald green, white hoops, emerald green sleeves, white stars, emerald green cap (4 Left Footers & A Blewnose)

Quick Pick (IRE)  16 

b g Vinnie Roe - Oscars Arrow (Oscar)

6 11-0
-
6 11-0
-

Showed fairly useful form on his sole start in bumpers, and made an encouraging debut in this sphere when runner-up last month. Step up in trip a plus and open to improvement.

Showed fairly useful form on his sole start in bumpers, and made an encouraging debut in this sphere when runner-up last month. Step up in trip a plus and open to improvement.

6
FF/F-4P8
iT
Purple and white check, purple sleeves (Gregg Russell And Smith)

Read'em And Weep (IRE)  16 

b g Kutub - Amalita (Brief Truce)

7 11-0
-
7 11-0
-

Maiden pointer who went with no promise on hurdling bow at this course last month.

Maiden pointer who went with no promise on hurdling bow at this course last month.

7
2/
iT
White, dark blue hoops, dark blue sleeves, white stars, dark blue cap (Mr M Wright)

Shtan On (IRE)  935 

b g Generous - Lady Oakwell (King's Ride)

6 11-0
-
6 11-0
-

£9,000 4-y-o, Generous gelding. Half-brother to ungenuine but fair hurdler/fairly useful chaser Posh Bird and bumper winner/fair hurdler Ballykelly. Dam ran twice in points. Market should guide.

£9,000 4-y-o, Generous gelding. Half-brother to ungenuine but fair hurdler/fairly useful chaser Posh Bird and bumper winner/fair hurdler Ballykelly. Dam ran twice in points. Market should guide.

8
11-
iT
Dark blue and yellow (quartered), striped sleeves (Paul & Clare Rooney)

Uncle Alastair 274 

b g Midnight Legend - Cyd Charisse (Kayf Tara)

5 11-0
-
5 11-0
-

Produced a similarly gutsy display to debut to keep perfect record intact bumper at this course (16f, soft) in February, and very much looks one to follow this season over timber.

Produced a similarly gutsy display to debut to keep perfect record intact bumper at this course (16f, soft) in February, and very much looks one to follow this season over timber.

9
9/6-0P7
iT
Red and dark green (quartered), yellow sleeves, yellow cap, royal blue diamond (John & Liz Elliot)

Olivia Joan 16 

ch m Grape Tree Road - Thorterdykes Lass (Zaffaran)

6 10-7
-
6 10-7
-

Poor form in bumpers and well held completed start over hurdles. One to oppose.

Poor form in bumpers and well held completed start over hurdles. One to oppose.

10
957-
iT
Maroon and light blue check, maroon sleeves, light blue cap (Mr Alistair Duncan)

Side Of The Road (IRE)  201 

b m Beneficial - Roses And Wine (Roselier)

5 10-7
-
5 10-7
-

Well held in bumpers/mares novice hurdle and easily dismissed.

Well held in bumpers/mares novice hurdle and easily dismissed.

11
7542-4
iT
Mauve, yellow sash, yellow cap, mauve star (Brann Cuming Gabbett Partnership)

Victoria Says (IRE)  33 

b m Shantou - Ballestra (Alflora)

5 10-7
102
5 10-7
102

Similar form in all 3 starts over hurdles, probably needed the run over when fourth of 13 at Downpatrick (18.8f) last month and may have a say back over a more suitable trip now.

Similar form in all 3 starts over hurdles, probably needed the run over when fourth of 13 at Downpatrick (18.8f) last month and may have a say back over a more suitable trip now.

Verdict

UNCLE ALASTAIR was unbeaten in two bumper starts, the second of which came at this venue, last season and his pedigree suggests that he may improve for the switch to this kind of test. Dunly was only a neck behind the selection in a bumper and he has an obvious chance. Others to consider in a competitive event are Arctic Vodka, Graystown, Quick Pick and Victoria Says.

Verdict

UNCLE ALASTAIR displayed a willing attitude to keep his unbeaten record intact when winning at this course in February, and he appeals as the type to make his mark over longer trips this season now tackling timber. Quick Pick made an encouraging debut in this sphere recently and has to be feared with improvement on the cards, while Victoria Says could also be involved.

13:35 Ayr 15 Nov 2017

Award Winning Weddings At Western House Hotel Handicap Hurdle (Class 4) (3YO plus)

Winner £3,899 - 9 run - Draw Advantage: None

3

3m 70y

Heavy (Soft in places)

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Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
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Timeform says (star rating)
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P3316-P
iT
White, red cross of lorraine, red sleeves, white stars, red cap (Quandt & Cochrane)

Another Mattie (IRE)  11 

b g Zagreb - Silver Tassie (Kaldounevees)

10 11-12 t
115
10 11-12 t
115

Capitalised on a drop in the weights when scoring decisively over C&D in March. Found out in a better race at Kelso soon after and though well held on recent return, he likely needed it.

Capitalised on a drop in the weights when scoring decisively over C&D in March. Found out in a better race at Kelso soon after and though well held on recent return, he likely needed it.

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23113F-
iT
Yellow, black triple diamond, black and yellow diabolo on sleeves, white cap (Miss Victoria Bewley)

Royal Salute 228 

br g Flemensfirth - Loxhill Lady (Supreme Leader)

7 11-11
114
7 11-11
114

Successful 3 times over fences for Anthony Honeyball last winter. Fell on final outing for that yard in April and hurdles mark looks high enough on reappearance.

Successful 3 times over fences for Anthony Honeyball last winter. Fell on final outing for that yard in April and hurdles mark looks high enough on reappearance.

3
410821
iT
Emerald green, red seams, emerald green sleeves, red spots, red cap (R H & S C Walton)

Native Optimist (IRE)  32 

b g Broadway Flyer - Native Orchid (Be My Native)

10 11-8
111
10 11-8
111

Surprise winner of a Perth handicap in July but took form to a whole new level when adding to tally at Hexham last month. 8 lb rise is fair enough, but not an obvious follow-up candidate.

Surprise winner of a Perth handicap in July but took form to a whole new level when adding to tally at Hexham last month. 8 lb rise is fair enough, but not an obvious follow-up candidate.

4
P4P/537-
iT
White, red diamond and sleeves (Carlisle Poker Club & Mr P S Nicholson)

Chicoria (IRE)  283 

ch g Presenting - Coco Girl (Mystiko)

8 11-7
110
8 11-7
110

Successful reappearances in the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons for Henry Daly. Had 3 runs in points and makes belated comeback under Rules for new yard now.

Successful reappearances in the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons for Henry Daly. Had 3 runs in points and makes belated comeback under Rules for new yard now.

5
P410-82
iT
Black, yellow chevron, hooped sleeves, yellow cap (Major E J Watt)

Too Many Chiefs (IRE)  18 

br g Indian River - Wahiba Hall (Saddlers' Hall)

6 11-2
105
6 11-2
105

Back to somewhere near best when scoring at Kelso in April and easily best effort since when runner-up back at that venue 3 weeks ago. Yard in form and he should give it another good go.

Back to somewhere near best when scoring at Kelso in April and easily best effort since when runner-up back at that venue 3 weeks ago. Yard in form and he should give it another good go.

6
P52321
iT
Royal blue, white sleeves and cap (Mr F W W Chapman)

Reivers Lodge 18 

b m Black Sam Bellamy - Crystal Princess (Definite Article)

5 11-1 t h
104
5 11-1 t h
104

Gained reward for her consistency when off the mark in a 22.7f handicap at Kelso 18 days ago. 9 lb rise looks a bit steep and stamina for a well-run 3m is taken on trust.

Gained reward for her consistency when off the mark in a 22.7f handicap at Kelso 18 days ago. 9 lb rise looks a bit steep and stamina for a well-run 3m is taken on trust.

7
463F/90
iT
Grey and red diamonds, grey sleeves (Mr A B Hamilton)

Southsea Island (IRE)  27 

b g Heron Island - Southsea Lady (Kemal)

9 10-7 h
96
9 10-7 h
96

Lightly raced and doesn't look to retain much ability on recent evidence.

Lightly raced and doesn't look to retain much ability on recent evidence.

8
6-13P24
iT
Dark green, white sleeves, dark green spots and cap (Wilde Duff Stewart Dawson)

Spoils Of War (IRE)  16 

b g Craigsteel - Mooreshill Lady (King's Ride)

8 10-3 p
92
8 10-3 p
92

Convincing winner of a 3m handicap at Perth in May and perked up by cheekpieces when runner-up back there in September. Didn't do much wrong over C&D latest so one to consider.

Convincing winner of a 3m handicap at Perth in May and perked up by cheekpieces when runner-up back there in September. Didn't do much wrong over C&D latest so one to consider.

9
096473
iT
Yellow, royal blue cross belts, royal blue cap, yellow star (Mr Neil McKnight)

Secret Approach (IRE)  54 

b g Gamut - No Time At All (Saddlers' Hall)

6 10-0
89
6 10-0
89

Remains a maiden and has work to do on the balance of his form tackling 3m for the first time.

Remains a maiden and has work to do on the balance of his form tackling 3m for the first time.

Verdict

REIVERS LODGE arrives here still relatively unexposed having won nicely at Kelso last month and, despite a 9lb higher mark, looks one that can defy the rise from the handicapper. Native Optimist was an easy winner when last seen at Hexham but now races off an 11lb higher mark against a rival with scope for further improvement, while Too Many Chiefs looks best of the remainder.

Verdict

Hard to make a strong case for any of these, but ANOTHER MATTIE is a previous C&D winner and he almost certainly needed his return 11 days ago, so a big step forward from that would come as no surprise. Too Many Chiefs and Spoils of War arrive in pretty good order and are feared most.

14:10 Ayr 15 Nov 2017

Ayr Racecourse Gift Vouchers Available Now Mares' Handicap Hurdle (Class 4) (3YO plus)

Winner £4,874 - 11 run - Draw Advantage: None

4

2m 4f 100y

Heavy (Soft in places)

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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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052214-
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Dark blue and yellow (quartered), striped sleeves (Paul & Clare Rooney)

Conquer Gold (IRE)  214 

b m Gold Well - Ballinamona Wish (Kotashaan)

7 11-12
120
7 11-12
120

Hurdle winner who had some fairly useful form to her name over fences last season, including a win off this mark. Player back hurdling on return.

Hurdle winner who had some fairly useful form to her name over fences last season, including a win off this mark. Player back hurdling on return.

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3U7382-
iT
Emerald green, white hoop, yellow and white hooped sleeves, emerald green and white hooped cap (Mrs Eileen Smith)

Paper Roses (IRE)  203 

b m Gamut - Rose Vic (Old Vic)

6 11-4
112
6 11-4
112

Best effort over hurdles when runner-up on Perth handicap debut in April. Testing conditions no problem on return and contender if ready to roll.

Best effort over hurdles when runner-up on Perth handicap debut in April. Testing conditions no problem on return and contender if ready to roll.

3
7-542
iT
Royal blue, yellow cross belts, yellow cap (Midnight Racing Club)

Wide Awake 13 

b m And Beyond - Quonarose (Feelings)

8 11-3
111
8 11-3
111

Left previous efforts behind when eye-catching second on Sedgefield handicap debut 13 days ago. Up 5 lb but that strong-finishing effort suggests there should be more to come. Leading claims.

Left previous efforts behind when eye-catching second on Sedgefield handicap debut 13 days ago. Up 5 lb but that strong-finishing effort suggests there should be more to come. Leading claims.

4
28313-P
iT
Dark blue, light blue seams, checked sleeves and cap (Mr M Lambert)

Cascaye (FR)  27 

br m Merlino Mago - Castyana (Anabaa)

5 11-3 p
111
5 11-3 p
111

Exeter novice hurdle winner in February. Dropped away after bad mistake 4 out on Carlisle reappearance but likely to be sharper with that behind her. Still unexposed.

Exeter novice hurdle winner in February. Dropped away after bad mistake 4 out on Carlisle reappearance but likely to be sharper with that behind her. Still unexposed.

5
38183/8
iT
Jade green, flame hooped sleeves, black cap (Ryedale Partners No 6)

Attention Seaker 138 (15F) 

b m Bollin Eric - Pay Attention (Revoque)

7 11-2 t
110
7 11-2 t
110

Wide-margin winner at Sedgefield in March 2016. Better than ever on the Flat since returning from over a year off and only 2 lb higher than for that Sedgefield success. Should go well.

Wide-margin winner at Sedgefield in March 2016. Better than ever on the Flat since returning from over a year off and only 2 lb higher than for that Sedgefield success. Should go well.

6
442-114
iT
Royal blue, yellow stripe, royal blue sleeves, yellow stars (Penketh And Sankey Jech Racing Club 1)

Dark Sunset (IRE)  20 

b m Scorpion - Wilmott's Fancy (Buckley)

6 11-2
110
6 11-2
110

Won first 2 starts but they weren't strong affairs (finished alone) second occasion and a double penalty was enough to stop her in Carlisle novice last time. Improvement needed from this opening mark.

Won first 2 starts but they weren't strong affairs (finished alone) second occasion and a double penalty was enough to stop her in Carlisle novice last time. Improvement needed from this opening mark.

7
31126/4-
iT
Dark blue, white chevron and sleeves (Mr Alistair Cochrane)

Presenting Rose (IRE)  382 

b m Presenting - Berkeley House (Beneficial)

7 11-1
109
7 11-1
109

Won a couple of mares' novice events in 2015/16. Fair fourth in course handicap this time last year but not seen since. Percentage call to look elsewhere given the length of lay-off.

Won a couple of mares' novice events in 2015/16. Fair fourth in course handicap this time last year but not seen since. Percentage call to look elsewhere given the length of lay-off.

8
572315-
iT
Emerald green and purple diamonds, emerald green cap (Horsplay Syndicate)

Our Valentina (IRE)  203 

b m Shantou - Par Street (Dolphin Street)

6 10-11
105
6 10-11
105

Impressed with the way she saw things out to land 20-runner 2m novice hurdle at Navan in April but only fifth on Perth handicap debut later that month. Improvement required back from break.

Impressed with the way she saw things out to land 20-runner 2m novice hurdle at Navan in April but only fifth on Perth handicap debut later that month. Improvement required back from break.

9
135-P50
iT
White, red cross belts, dark green sleeves, white and dark green quartered cap (Division Bell Partnership)

Theatre Act 13 

ch m Act One - Theatre Belle (King's Theatre)

6 10-6 p
100
6 10-6 p
100

Enjoyed a productive spell last winter, winning 3 times, but below par in couple of comeback outings in recent weeks, finishing well behind Wide Awake at Sedgefield latterly.

Enjoyed a productive spell last winter, winning 3 times, but below par in couple of comeback outings in recent weeks, finishing well behind Wide Awake at Sedgefield latterly.

10
7000-25
iT
Red, yellow diamond on body and cap, red sleeves, yellow stars (Park Farms Racing Syndicate 1)

Yeats Baby (IRE)  27 

b m Yeats - Cabo (Sagamix)

5 10-2 p
96
5 10-2 p
96

Gambled on prior to a significantly improved showing when second in handicap hurdle for Ian Williams in May but never on terms on last month's return for new stable. Can only be watched after that.

Gambled on prior to a significantly improved showing when second in handicap hurdle for Ian Williams in May but never on terms on last month's return for new stable. Can only be watched after that.

11
755574
iT
Black, emerald green sash and cap (Mr Liam Lennon)

Maureen's Star (IRE)  18 

b f Gold Well - Serpentine Mine (Rashar)

4 10-1
95
4 10-1
95

Respectable fifth in Downpatrick handicaps on her last 2 starts but more required if she's to come out on top here.

Respectable fifth in Downpatrick handicaps on her last 2 starts but more required if she's to come out on top here.

Verdict

The lightly-raced Wide Awake has been steadily improving and should come on for her recent Sedgefield outing, with her handler Sandy Thompson operating at a 50 per cent strike-rate over the last 14 days. Paper Roses and Dark Sunset are two others for the shortlist with the latter set to be suited by a return to better ground. However, preference is for ATTENTION SEAKER, who has been in fine form on the Flat during the summer, appears well treated on the best of her hurdles form and has the assistance of Brian Hughes here.

Verdict

WIDE AWAKE shaped promisingly when runner-up on her recent Sedgefield handicap bow and is taken to build on that but there are a few dangers in what looks a competitive race of its type. Attention Seaker arrives fit from a good spell on the Flat and is only 2 lb higher than when bolting up at Sedgefield in spring 2016, while Conquer Gold won off this mark over fences last term.

14:40 Ayr 15 Nov 2017

Christmas Parties At Western House Hotel Chase (Novices' Limited Handicap) (Class 4) (4YO plus)

Winner £4,549 - 6 run - Draw Advantage: None

5

2m 4f 110y

Heavy (Soft in places)

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Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
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Printouts
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314332-
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Cerise, white sash, black cap (Mrs C Strang Steel)

Lough Derg Jewel (IRE)  219 

b g Oscar - River Valley Lady (Salt Dome)

6 11-8
118
6 11-8
118

Didn't progress as quite expected having got off the mark at the third attempt in December, though he was run out of it only late on handicap bow. Has races 5 times in points, which should help.

Didn't progress as quite expected having got off the mark at the third attempt in December, though he was run out of it only late on handicap bow. Has races 5 times in points, which should help.

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2
76761/1
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Royal blue and white (quartered), black and white striped sleeves and cap (Straightline Bloodstock)

Mac N Cheese (IRE)  48 

b g Milan - Fox Burrow (Supreme Leader)

7 11-7
117
7 11-7
117

Took advantage of a lowly mark on final start for Rose Dobbin in November 2015 and emphatically landed a gamble on stable debut in September (3m). Brother to a very useful staying chaser.

Took advantage of a lowly mark on final start for Rose Dobbin in November 2015 and emphatically landed a gamble on stable debut in September (3m). Brother to a very useful staying chaser.

3
87120-P
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Purple and white check, purple sleeves (A L Gregg & B H McFadzean)

Glingerside (IRE)  16 

b g Milan - Kettle 'n Cran (Zaffaran)

6 11-6
116
6 11-6
116

Has raced exclusively at this venue over jumps, winning a 2m novice in January, but never looked comfortable on recent chase debut.

Has raced exclusively at this venue over jumps, winning a 2m novice in January, but never looked comfortable on recent chase debut.

4
4R-5543
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Orange, black chevron, orange sleeves, black stars, orange cap, black stars (Mr Gary Smith)

Ninepointsixthree 16 

b g Bertolini - Armada Grove (Fleetwood)

Withdrawn

Withdrawn

Multiple winner on Flat though focus was an issue over hurdles. Applied himself when runner-up on chase debut here 3 weeks ago (16.5f) but must now back that up.

Multiple winner on Flat though focus was an issue over hurdles. Applied himself when runner-up on chase debut here 3 weeks ago (16.5f) but must now back that up.

5
2/5722-
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Purple, orange stars, diabolo on sleeves and star on   cap (Robins Outlaws)

Chateau Robin (IRE)  248 

br g Robin Des Pres - Bella With A Zee (Persian Bold)

6 10-9
105
6 10-9
105

Runner-up in a Carlisle bumper for Seamus Mullins last April. Shaped quite well last 2 hurdles starts and returns over fences for an in-form yard, so he's of interest.

Runner-up in a Carlisle bumper for Seamus Mullins last April. Shaped quite well last 2 hurdles starts and returns over fences for an in-form yard, so he's of interest.

6
32128-4
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Grey, red stars, red cap (Alan & Barry Macdonald)

Lochnell (IRE)  16 

br m Winged Love - Nothing For Ever (Tikkanen)

8 10-7
103
8 10-7
103

Pretty reliable over hurdles, wide-margin winner of a 21.4f handicap here in March and much more like it second start over fences when fourth over C&D recently.

Pretty reliable over hurdles, wide-margin winner of a 21.4f handicap here in March and much more like it second start over fences when fourth over C&D recently.

7
5/42224-
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Orange, dark blue armlets (Caron & Paul Chapman)

Oscar's Prospect (IRE)  248 

b m Oscar - Divine Prospect (Namaqualand)

5 10-6
102
5 10-6
102

Runner-up 3 times over hurdles last season and goes straight into a handicap on this chase debut/reappearance.

Runner-up 3 times over hurdles last season and goes straight into a handicap on this chase debut/reappearance.

Verdict

LOUGH DERG JEWEL looked a progressive type over hurdles last season for the McCain team and looks a nice chasing recruit. The six-year-old has scope for improvement in this sphere and could have too much for Mac N Cheese, who won well on his stable debut after a long absence last time but needs to avoid the 'bounce' factor. Chateau Robin is completely unexposed and was only beaten by smart rivals when second the last twice.

Verdict

MAC N CHEESE reportedly suffered post-race stress after landing a significant gamble on reappearance in September, but connections have been patient all along with him and he has the potential to rate higher if taking to chasing. Lough Derg Jewel can call upon plenty of experience in points, while Lochnell showed more in a C&D contest last time.

15:10 Ayr 15 Nov 2017

Book Now For The Ayrshire Wedding Show Handicap Chase (Class 3) (4YO plus)

Winner £7,798 - 6 run - Draw Advantage: None

6

3m 67y

Heavy (Soft in places)

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6U13P-6
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Dark blue, pink seams, diamonds on sleeves, pink cap (Mr R M Howard)

Silver Tassie (IRE)  27 

b g Shantou - Silver Castor (Indian Ridge)

9 11-12
133
9 11-12
133

Winner over C&D last season but record was mixed overall. Should at least prove sharper for return.

Winner over C&D last season but record was mixed overall. Should at least prove sharper for return.

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143/526-
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Royal blue and white diabolo, white sleeves and cap (Kim Bailey Racing Partnership Viii)

Knockanrawley (IRE)  213 

gr g Portrait Gallery - Hot Lips (Good Thyne)

9 11-11 p
132
9 11-11 p
132

Has finished fifth in Classic Chase at Warwick and runner-up in the Eider at Newcastle since returning from a 14-month layoff in January. Excuses at Ffos Las final run and should go well on return.

Has finished fifth in Classic Chase at Warwick and runner-up in the Eider at Newcastle since returning from a 14-month layoff in January. Excuses at Ffos Las final run and should go well on return.

3
51373-5
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Douglas tartan, red cap (B H McFadzean & A L Gregg)

No No Mac (IRE)  11 

b g Oscar - Whatdoyouthinkmac (Supreme Leader)

8 11-8 t
129
8 11-8 t
129

Did well last season, winning 3 times. However, produced a laboured effort on return here 11 days ago.

Did well last season, winning 3 times. However, produced a laboured effort on return here 11 days ago.

4
1610-72
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Royal blue and black check, royal blue cap (Mr Michael P Tudor)

Catamaran Du Seuil (FR)  26 

b g Network - Fleur Du Tennis (Video Rock)

5 11-5 b
126
5 11-5 b
126

Fairly useful chaser in France and successful twice in novice hurdles since transferring to Britain. Much better for return when runner-up at Fakenham last month and should remain competitive.

Fairly useful chaser in France and successful twice in novice hurdles since transferring to Britain. Much better for return when runner-up at Fakenham last month and should remain competitive.

5
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Purple, white disc, yellow sleeves, purple diamonds, purple and yellow quartered cap (Macdonalds, Cardwell & Castle)

Gold Opera (IRE)  250 

b g Gold Well - Flute Opera (Sharifabad)

8 11-4 v
125
8 11-4 v
125

Ended last season better than ever, winning last 2 starts, including here (20.5f). Stamina to prove on return, though.

Ended last season better than ever, winning last 2 starts, including here (20.5f). Stamina to prove on return, though.

6
200/P36-
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Black, yellow seams, diabolo on sleeves, yellow cap (Whites Of Coventry Limited)

Grandads Horse 479 

b g Bollin Eric - Solid Land (Solid Illusion)

11 11-3
124
11 11-3
124

Just the one respectable effort from 3 outings last season but worth market check ahead of return for new yard.

Just the one respectable effort from 3 outings last season but worth market check ahead of return for new yard.

Verdict

KNOCKANRAWLEY is worth monitoring in the betting on his seasonal bow as he has dropped 1lb lower than when second in the Eider Chase last term and he gets the nod. The main danger to the selection may be Catamaran Du Seuil, who is rated 7lb higher over hurdles and was far from disgraced when landing minor money over fences at Fakenham when last sighted. Gold Opera is still on the up in this sphere and is another returning from an absence to consider.

Verdict

KNOCKANRAWLEY may find this trip a bit on the short side on return (lazy sort who requires plenty of pushing) but otherwise has plenty going for him. Catamaran Du Seuil is the obvious threat.

15:45 Ayr 15 Nov 2017

Christmas Parties At Ayr Racecourse Junior Standard Open NH Flat Race (Class 6) (3YO only)

Winner £1,624 - 6 run - Draw Advantage: None

7

1m 5f 123y

Heavy (Soft in places)

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iT
Grey and pink stripes, grey sleeves, pink cap (A Nicol & L S Russell)

Emissaire (FR)  

b g Kap Rock - Jacee (Royal Charter)

3 10-12
-
3 10-12
-

Kap Rock gelding. Half-brother to fairly useful hurdler/smart chaser Bon Augure. Dam unraced. Yard has the odd bumper winner so worth noting if strong in the betting.

Kap Rock gelding. Half-brother to fairly useful hurdler/smart chaser Bon Augure. Dam unraced. Yard has the odd bumper winner so worth noting if strong in the betting.

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2
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Grey, maroon chevrons, diabolo on sleeves, maroon cap (Ms J Maggs)

Forewarning 25 

b g Cacique - Buffering (Beat Hollow)

3 10-12 t
-
3 10-12 t
-

Exceeded expectations judged on the betting when second of 14 in bumper (50/1) at Market Rasen (13.1f, good) last month. Sets the standard.

Exceeded expectations judged on the betting when second of 14 in bumper (50/1) at Market Rasen (13.1f, good) last month. Sets the standard.

3
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Red, black triple diamond, sleeves and diamonds on cap (Mr J D Gordon)

It's Never Enough 

b g Equiano - Swynford Pleasure (Reprimand)

3 10-12
-
3 10-12
-

Equiano gelding. Half-brother to 4 winners on Flat, including useful 7f/1m winner Bee Brave. Dam, ran once over hurdles, 1m-12.3f winner on Flat. Worth a market check.

Equiano gelding. Half-brother to 4 winners on Flat, including useful 7f/1m winner Bee Brave. Dam, ran once over hurdles, 1m-12.3f winner on Flat. Worth a market check.

4
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White, red stars, red sleeves, white stars, white cap, red star (Mr C J Grindal & Mr J Scarrow)

Orkan 

b g Shirocco - Zefooha (Lomitas)

3 10-12
-
3 10-12
-

Shirocco gelding. Dam (h111) 2m-2½m hurdle winner, also winner up to 2¼m on Flat. Yard not renowned for bumper success but he's another worth noting if the subject of strong market support.

Shirocco gelding. Dam (h111) 2m-2½m hurdle winner, also winner up to 2¼m on Flat. Yard not renowned for bumper success but he's another worth noting if the subject of strong market support.

5
3
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White, royal blue stars, red and white diabolo on sleeves, white cap, red star (Weldspec Glasgow Limited)

Qasr 10 

b c Excelebration - Blur (Oasis Dream)

3 10-12 h1
-
3 10-12 h1
-

Offered something to work on when third of 11 in bumper at Carlisle (14f, good to soft) earlier this month. Has something to build on and first-time hood may help settle him.

Offered something to work on when third of 11 in bumper at Carlisle (14f, good to soft) earlier this month. Has something to build on and first-time hood may help settle him.

6
46
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Royal blue, yellow star, red and yellow chevrons on sleeves, yellow cap, royal blue star (Surefire Racing)

Gracie Stansfield 25 

ch f Peintre Celebre - Ex Gracia (Efisio)

3 10-5
-
3 10-5
-

Ran to a similar level in both bumper starts. Sixth of 14 in bumper (33/1) at Market Rasen (13.1f, good) latest. Looks held by Forewarning.

Ran to a similar level in both bumper starts. Sixth of 14 in bumper (33/1) at Market Rasen (13.1f, good) latest. Looks held by Forewarning.

Verdict

Forewarning almost caused a shock on debut when second at 50/1 and has to be respected here, while a hood could see Keith Dalgleish's Qasr improve on his third-placed effort at Carlisle. However, preference is for EMISSAIRE, a 24,000-euro purchase who makes his first start for the Grand National-winning trainer Lucinda Russell and could have a bright future ahead of him.

Verdict

There seemed no fluke about FOREWARNING’s second at Market Rasen last month, and he is taken to go one better here. Emissaire would be worth noting if strong in the betting, while Qasr may prove a different proposition in the first-time hood.