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17:50 Ayr

J20 Handicap Hurdle (Class 5)

  • 7 Runners
  • Distance: 3m 110y
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
  • £3,000 added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 6m 48.00s
  • Off Time: 17:50:42
  • 7 Ran
1
Silk - Light Green, Yellow triple diamond and sleeves, Light Green cap
  • Form 0652-75
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-12
  • Official Rating 95

led, held after 4 out, soon ridden, weakened next, tailed off

2
Silk - Red, Black cross belts, Red sleeves, Black stars
8/1
  • Form 3841P6
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 93

in touch, pushed along 7th, soon lost place, weakened 3 out

3
Silk - BLACK, YELLOW cross belts and sleeves, RED cap

Vicario

20
7/2
  • Form 7PP8-45
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 93

close up on outside, smooth headway 4 out, led 2 out, ridden and stayed on well flat

4
Silk - Red, Yellow chevron, Black sleeves

Polobury

40 b
6/1
  • Form 374227
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-8
  • Official Rating 90

chased leaders, driven and outpaced 4 out, no impression when not fluent next, soon weakened

5
Silk - Dark Blue, Light Blue diamond, diamonds on sleeves and cap
25/1
  • Form 4-67588
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-7
  • Official Rating 90

in rear, outpaced when mistake 8th, soon weakened, tailed off

6
Silk - Red, Black stars, sleeves and star on cap
  • Form P-46P38
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-2
  • Official Rating 85

tracked leader, led after 4 out, headed 2 out, ridden and kept on same pace

7
Silk - White, Dark Green star, Dark Green sleeves, White stars, White cap, Dark Green star
  • Form 796UU4
  • Age 8
  • Weight 10-10
  • Official Rating 79

in touch, outpaced when hit 3 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace from next, no impression

In depth

Verdict

The ground will suit CATHERINES VERSE who is taken to get the better of Vicario and Youluckyman. The selection will relish these conditions, and although she was a beaten favourite last time out, that was the second of two quick runs after a break of almost two years. She may have bounced that day and she looks worth another chance. Vicario, who acts on heavy ground, has been out of form for some time but has dropped 28lb in the weights. He ran his first race since May last time out, staying-on in the closing stages and he will appreciate the run. Youluckyman ran well last time out at Uttoxeter on heavy ground, and that was an improvement on some of his recent form so he has to be considered. Distance winner Boysterous last won back in November; that was on heavy ground and back on a testing surface he is sure to have his supporters. Catherines Verse should be spot-on for this though and with conditions very much in her favour she gets the vote.

Formwatch

Catherines Verse (IRE) 7-2fav (11-0) Mid-division, 8th approaching 4 out, ridden and no impression before 2 out, kept on one pace from last, 5th of 15, 16l behind Road Runner (11-0) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-95 gs in Feb.

Boysterous (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway from 2 out, stayed on flat, 6th of 14, 4l behind Millitant Man (11-2) at Hereford 3m 2f cnd nov hcp hdl (5) gs in Feb.

Vicario 14-1 (11-4) Prominent to 1st, soon mid-division, ridden after 5th, stayed on from 2 out, weakened flat, 5th of 16, 20l behind Mars Rock (11-6) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Feb.

Polobury 11-2 (10-4) Always towards rear, struggling halfway, 7th of 14, 31l behind Kempski (11-5) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Jan.

Spare Days 250-1 (11-2) Mid-division, hit 4th, ridden and behind from 4 out, 8th of 11, well behind Red Moloney (11-11) at Musselburgh 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Feb.

Seeking Straight (IRE) 6-1 (10-1) Held up mid-division, weakened 3 out, 8th of 14, 32l behind Kempski (11-5) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Jan.

Youluckyman (IRE) 20-1 (10-3) Held up towards rear, headway after 5th, ridden along after next, one pace from 2 out, 4th of 16, 12l behind Mars Rock (11-6) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Feb.