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13:10 Ayr

West Sound Novices' Hurdle (Class 3)

  • 6 Runners
  • Distance: 2m
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
  • £10,000 added
  • Winner: £6,498
  • 2nd: £1,908
  • 3rd: £954
  • 4th: £477
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 3m 52.40s
  • Off Time: 13:10:55
  • 6 Ran
1
Silk - Dark Blue, Red stripe, halved sleeves, Red cap
5/1
  • Form P-241
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-6
  • Official Rating 120

tracked leader, led 2 out, soon ridden, pressed last, driven out

2
Silk - Dark green, yellow chevron and armlets, dark green cap, white star
Evs
  • Form 011
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-6
  • Official Rating 130

held up in touch in last, headway 6th, went 3rd before 3 out, switched left before 2 out where not fluent, ridden and every chance when blundered last, edged right and stayed on flat, held towards finish

3
Silk - Brown, Orange braces, Orange cap
  • Form 3-3212P
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-6
  • Official Rating 125

led, pushed along before 3 out, headed 2 out, 3rd and one pace last, weakened flat

4
Silk - Purple, Yellow epaulets, chevrons on sleeves, Yellow cap
  • Form 2-6564
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-0

held up in touch, pushed along after 6th, weakened before 3 out

5
Silk - Dark Blue and Emerald Green quartered, halved sleeves, Dark Blue cap
  • Form 9-52F6
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-0
  • Official Rating 112

tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden approaching 3 out, soon weakened

6
Silk - Emerald Green and Royal Blue diabolo, White cap
  • Form 630-5
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-0

tracked leaders, took keen hold, not fluent and pecked 5th, weakened next

In depth

Verdict

DISCOVERY BAY is an improving novice and was most impressive when winning by 12 lengths at Wetherby last week. If he handles the ground, Brian Ellison's five-year-old should complete the hat-trick. King Of The Wolds is the probable danger on his victory at Wetherby in December as he can be excused his run over further at Sandown last time. Ballybogey hasn't been seen since scrambling home over track and trip in January, however, and fellow Irish raider Dr Moloney's form this year wouldn't be good enough.

Formwatch

Ballybogey (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Led, narrowly headed 5th, chased leader until approaching 3 out, ridden and left 2 lengths 2nd 2 out, driven to lead again last, kept on under pressure flat, won at Ayr 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan beating Red Admirable (11-1) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.

Discovery Bay 6-4fav (10-12) Prominent in chasing group, challenge 4 out, led before 3 out, clear before last, eased run-in, won at Wetherby 2m 4yo nov stks (4) gd beating Yes Daddy (10-11) by 12l, 9 ran.

King Of The Wolds (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Took keen hold, chased leader until before 3rd, chased leaders until weakened quickly after 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Close Touch (11-6) at Sandown 2m 4f NH Novice Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (4-7yo) (1) hvy in Mar, 16 ran.

Clondaw Flicka (IRE) 50-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, ridden and outpaced before 3 out, plugged on and went 4th before last, never dangerous, 4th of 7, 31l behind Zuider Zee (11-1) at Ayr 2m nh nov hdl (3) gs in Mar.

Dr Moloney (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear and keen hold, closed up 4 out, kept on same pace from next, 6th of 9, 13l behind Art Lord (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl.

Plus Jamais (FR) 28-1 (11-3) Held up mid-division, headway before 2 out, ridden and weakened before last, 5th of 9, 35l behind Eduard (11-10) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.