November 29th, 2018

Brian’s Blog: A Full Book of Rides at Ayr

By Brian Hughes


I have a full book of rides today at Ayr.


12:10 – 2m Maiden Hurdle

Dunly, placed in four bumpers, returns to action after a twelve-month break.

He was badly hampered on his hurdles debut when I was on board here in November 2017 and I expect a much-improved show today with ground and trip to suit.

Buster Valentine, an Irish Point winner, looks the one to beat.


12:45 – 2m Maiden Hurdle

Sporting Press won a bumper for me at Musselburgh in March and ran well on his hurdles debut 22 days ago, beaten by 10 lengths.

He was returning from a 200 holiday and I expect a big run today from a talented horse.

The main dangers are Peters Cousin and Not The Chablis.


1:20 – 2m5½f Handicap Hurdle

Niceandeasy, successful in a bumper and two hurdles, has his comeback run after a 300-day break.

He will appreciate both the soft ground and the trip today.

The stable is in excellent form and he should be right in contention.

You could make a case for many of the runners with Sunny Destination and Mighty Thunder main rivals.


1:55 – 3m Handicap Chase

Rainy City, a winner of five under rules, ran reasonably well at Carlisle 17 days ago.

He will appreciate the step up to three miles and should perform better today.

Beau Sancy may complete the four-timer despite another 7-pound hike.


2:25 – 2m5½f Novices’ Chase

Uppertown Prince, a high-class performer, has won two novice hurdles, was placed in a Grade 2 at Haydock and finished the season in April with a good run for me in the Grade 1 Sefton at Aintree.

He has schooled well and will appreciate the easier ground conditions on chase debut with No Hassle Hoff the main competitor.


3:00 – 2m3½f Handicap Hurdle

Bingo D’Olivate has his first run for the Ewart yard after a break of 220 days.

His form this year has been moderate, though he did have a couple of placed runs in 2017.

He has schooled well and the ground and track will not present any problems. He has a good chance in an ordinary race with Irish raider Pump Road the one to watch.


3:30 – 3m½f Novices’ Hurdle

Caerleon Kate, a winner at Downpatrick in October, travels over from the McBratney stable.

She disappointed in two November runs but a return to October form might at least get her in a runner-up spot to Vinnie Lewis.


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