October 29th, 2018

An Ayr of Optimism for Brian Hughes?

By Brian Hughes

I’m off to Ayr on Monday for four rides.


12:55 – 2m4½f Mares’ Maiden Hurdle

In the opener, I’m on Maisy Belle, who has her first run for the Stuart Crawford yard having raced moderately in four previous outings.

She needs to show marked improvement to get into contention today.

Derriana Spirit has excellent winning bumper form and looks the form choice along with Quri.


2:05 – 2m4½f Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

Ofcourseiwill‘s victory for me at Bangor in May was in the middle of four second-placed placings.

He is ultra consistent and I expect a good run over a trip that should suit.

Trongate won well when I was on board at Kelso in September and rates the main danger.


2:40 – 3m Handicap Chase

Golden Investment, a chase and hurdles winner, has his second outing since wind surgery.

He was returning from a four-month break at Huntington in mid-October and probably needed the run finishing, third to Hoke Colburn.

He has been dropped another three pounds by the handicapper and should have an each-way chance today.

Toosey, who has been running well recently, and bottom weight Inchcolm are the chief threats.


3:50 – 2m National Hunt Flat

Yes No Maybe So is one of six newcomers in the concluding bumper.

He is a well bred Stowaway gelding and I hope he runs a nice race.

The Crawford stable has a good record in this type of contest and Gennaly is likely to be the main opponent.


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