Ayr

  • 14:25 CPMS Scottish Champion Hurdle 2m

  • Winner £59,798 2nd £22,438 3rd £11,235 4th £5,596
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 39.20s
  • Off time: 14:27:25
14:25 Ayr Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Verdana Blue (IRE) 4/1
2nd Dino Velvet (FR) 14/1
3rd Equus Amadeus (IRE) 16/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 0/11415- LIGHT BLUE, WHITE cross belts, RED cap Verdana Blue (IRE) 32
Distance Winner
7 11-10 N J Henderson C Brace (7) 154 4/15.00
2 F2F-41P White, black cap Brain Power (IRE) 32
Distance Winner
8 11-9 p N J Henderson Nico de Boinville 153 11/112.00
4 0/6-1320 White, black epaulets, maroon and white diabolo on sleeves, black and maroon quartered cap Leoncavallo (IRE) 29
Distance Winner
7 11-0 b Dr R D P Newland Sam Twiston-Davies 144 17/29.50
5 1116-24 Red, white sash, royal blue cap Redicean 56
Distance Winner
5 11-0 A King Wayne Hutchinson 144 10/111.00
6 18-FF41 Royal blue, pink hoops, armlets and cap Malaya (FR) 35
Distance Winner
5 10-12 P F Nicholls H Cobden 142 7/18.00
7 221130 Yellow, Light Blue sash, armlets and diamond on cap Caius Marcius (IRE) 146
Course WinnerDistance Winner
8 10-10 p N G Richards Danny McMenamin (7) 140 25/126.00
8 135-8B3 WHITE, RED stripe Nube Negra (SPA) 22
Beaten Favourite
5 10-7 t1 D Skelton Harry Skelton 137 13/27.50
9 15-1133 Light blue, red braces, white sleeves, red armlets, light blue and red quartered cap Anemoi (FR) 53
Distance Winner
5 10-5 H Whittington G Sheehan 135 7/18.00
10 101864 Mauve and black (quartered), mauve sleeves, white cap Equus Amadeus (IRE) 42
6 10-5 t1 Tom Lacey Stan Sheppard (3) 135 16/117.00
11 485511 Royal Blue, White hoops, Maroon sleeves and cap Dino Velvet (FR) 33
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 10-4 A King P J Brennan 134 14/115.00
12 1-12141 White and black diamonds, chevrons on sleeves, white cap, black stars Pearl Of The West (IRE) 15
Distance Winner
5 10-4 t J C McConnell S Bowen 134 10/111.00
13 3F2739 Light Blue, Yellow cross belts, check cap Irish Roe (IRE) 21
Distance Winner
8 10-4 P Atkinson Henry Brooke 134 25/126.00
14 334/411 Emerald green, beige braces, yellow sleeves, orange cap Captain Moirette (FR) 24
Distance Winner
7 10-4 Mrs S J Smith Danny Cook 133 20/121.00
15 6-13264 Black and Pink diabolo, Black sleeves, Pink cap, Black star Get Out The Gate (IRE) 21
Distance Winner
6 10-4 J S Goldie Callum Bewley 130 50/151.00
Non runners
310-2118Mister Fisher (IRE)511-1N J HendersonNico de Boinville145

Verdict

Brain Power won a Grade 2 at Cheltenham in December but was pulled up when running in the Champion Hurdle, in which stablemate Verdana Blue was fifth, and there has only been one winner of this aged older than seven in the last 10 years. The returning Caius Marcius looks too high in the weights but Dino Velvet has returned to form in lesser company lately and won at this meeting last year. Malaya overcame a significant error at the second-last to win at Ascot five weeks ago but she was beaten fair and square by REDICEAN the last time she raced on going this quick. Alan King’s five-year-old has been keeping fit on the all-weather since failing to give Pearl Of The West 15lb at Cheltenham in October and can get his head back in front. Anemoi is unexposed but was only third off this mark at Taunton so more is needed.