• 14:40 QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle 2m

  • Winner £34,170 2nd £12,822 3rd £6,420 4th £3,198
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 45.20s
  • Off time: 14:41:11
14:40 Ayr Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Court Minstrel (IRE) 4/1
2nd Sametegal (FR) 7/2
3rd Silk Hall (UAE) 22/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1F1131- Royal Blue, White hoops, Maroon sleeves and cap Grumeti 329
Distance Winner
5 11-10 A King Wayne Hutchinson 153 7/24.50
2 02-1140 Light Green, Dark Green chevrons, Red sleeves, White and Red striped cap Local Hero (GER) 14
Distance Winner
6 11-3 p S Gollings M G Nolan (5) 146 10/111.00
3 11R-119 Emerald Green, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green and Emerald Green quartered cap Une Artiste (FR) 39
Distance Winner
5 10-13 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 142 11/26.50
4 14-1341 Dark Green, Dark Green and White diabolo on sleeves Court Minstrel (IRE) 20
Distance Winner
6 10-12 Evan Williams Adam Wedge (3) 141 4/15.00
6 U0202/4 Dark Blue, Red stripe, halved sleeves, Red cap Bygones of Brid (IRE) 19
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 10-9 Karen McLintock B Hughes 138 20/121.00
7 1-12133 YELLOW, PURPLE hoops and armlets, hooped cap Sametegal (FR) 36
Distance Winner
4 10-9 P F Nicholls R Walsh 143 7/24.50
8 311919 RED and YELLOW check, YELLOW sleeves, RED armlets Ifandbutwhynot (IRE) 36
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
7 10-5 D O'Meara Timmy Murphy 134 9/25.50
9 0/871-P3 DARK BLUE, RED stripe, halved sleeves, EMERALD GREEN cap Silk Hall (UAE) 17
Distance Winner
8 10-4 J J Lambe Mr E J O'connell 131 22/123.00
Non runners
52-81117Shotavodka (IRE)710-11D PipeT Scudamore140


Grumeti has clearly had his problems lately and is probably best watched here while the ground looks too soft for last year's runner-up Local Hero. Triumph Hurdle third Sametegal is worth a second look tackling older horses for the first time while Shotavodka and Ifandbutwhynot are capable of bouncing back from recent setbacks but this looks a big ask for Plumpton winner Court Minstrel and Irish raider Silk Hall at the weights. UNE ARTISTE simply wasn't good enough against Quevega and company at Cheltenham but, back over 2m on soft ground, will be more at home here and may well to be good enough to beat the boys.