Timeform Shortlist: Ayr, Wednesday January 31

There is jumps racing from Ayr on Wednesday
There is jumps racing from Ayr on Wednesday

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"Made the perfect start here last month and could well follow up under a penalty..."

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1.35 Frank McGoldrick 60th Birthday Maiden Hurdle (5) 2m5f91y

Timeform Top Rated:
129 1. ARCTIC VODKA Sharon Watt Finian O'Toole (3)
128 8. ARDEAN LASS Stuart Crawford Brian Hughes
123p 7. SWEET AS CANDY Rose Dobbin Craig Nichol

Analyst's Verdict:
Ardean Lass ran her best race yet in a first-time hood when runner-up at this course last time, and she may do better again now upped further in trip. Arctic Vodka and Sweet As Candy both merit consideration, and shouldn't be far away at the finish.


2.05 Racing UK Free For A Month Novices' Hurdle (Qualifier) (4) 2m

Timeform Top Rated:
138p 1. UNCLE ALASTAIR Nicky Richards Craig Nichol
133 2. BULKOV Micky Hammond Joe Colliver
120 6. SAINT FREULE Lucinda Russell Derek Fox

Analyst's Verdict:
Uncle Alastair is a useful staying novice in the making, and he should prove hard to beat despite this drop in trip and double penalty. Bulkov is likely to give him most to do.


2.35 Trial Racing UK For Free Now Mares' Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) (5) 2m3f

Timeform Top Rated:
113 1. COCKLEY BECK Nicky Richards Ryan Day (3)
110 6. TOPHAM BAY Lucinda Russell Blair Campbell (5)
109§ 7. MASSINI'S LADY N. W. Alexander Lucy Alexander

Analyst's Verdict:
Cockley Beck was somewhat disappointing at Wetherby on Boxing Day, particularly given the promise she showed over 2m here in November. However, it remains very early days and she's probably worth another chance now handicapping. Floramoss caught the eye to some extent at Wetherby last week and along with Cerca Trova, heads the dangers.


3.10 ROA/Racing Post Owners' Jackpot Chase (Novices' Limited Handicap) (4) 3m20y

Timeform Top Rated:
127 2. SHANROE STREET Lucinda Russell Derek Fox
126 3. BUFFALO BALLET N. W. Alexander Lucy Alexander
125 1. STRONG ECONOMY R. Mike Smith Dale Irving (3)

Analyst's Verdict:
Shanroe Street was beaten only by a subsequent winner over C&D on his return last month and shades the vote over the thriving Knocknamona.


3.45 Only 1,000 Racing UK Free Trials Handicap Chase (Qualifier) (4) 2½m110y

Timeform Top Rated:
128p 1. HILLS OF DUBAI Donald McCain Brian Hughes
127+ 6. VALZAN Rebecca Menzies Tony Kelly
124 3. CALIVIGNY N. W. Alexander Lucy Alexander

Analyst's Verdict:
Hills of Dubai was impressive when making a successful chase debut over this C&D on return and seems sure to progress and win more races in this sphere. Valzan isn't one to write off yet and this drop back in trip will suit.


4.20 Start Your Racing UK Free Trial Now Standard Open National Hunt Flat (5) 2m

Timeform Top Rated:
112 1. SAO MAXENCE James Ewart Conor O'Farrell
100 2. BULLION James Ewart Steven Fox (5)
93 5. STORM NELSON Lucy Normile Grant Cockburn (3)

Analyst's Verdict:
Sao Maxence made the perfect start here last month and could well follow up under a penalty. The obvious danger is Precious Cargo starting out for Lucinda Russell.


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