Paul Ferguson has two selections for us on Friday; Sign Of A Victory in the 2.10 at Ayr and Muwaary in the Newbury 3.40. Compare odds and bet.
Having skipped both Cheltenham and Aintree Sign Of A Victory (2:10) is taken to get Ayr’s Scottish Grand National meeting off to the perfect start for Nicky Henderson in the 2m West Sound Novices’ Hurdle.
The five-year-old heads north in search of a four-timer, having bolted up in a jumpers’ bumper and a couple of novice hurdles at Doncaster and Newbury.
The Kayf Tara gelding has much more on his plate this afternoon but, as long as the ground isn’t too soft, he is strongly fancied to take the step up in class in his stride. He is an exciting prospect and something like the Swinton Hurdle at Haydock could be on the agenda next month, should all go well here.
Down at Newbury the in-form John Gosden will be looking for another tonic ahead of tomorrow’s return of Kingman and Muwaary (3:40) can provide just that in the 7f handicap.
The Oasis Dream colt looked a useful prospect when winning a maiden over course-and-distance last July and, while he lacks a bit of experience, the 2,000 Guineas entry begins life in handicap company on a decent mark (82).
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Last years results included:
* Leading Prospects, Arvika Ligeonniere (x3), Boston Bob, Captain Conan (x3), Champagne Fever (x2 inc Supreme Novices’ Hurdle), Glens Melody, Melodic Rendezvous, Simonsig (Arkle) & Un Atout won 13 Grade 1 novice contests between them
* My Tent Or Yours won 4 times including the Betfair Hurdle and the Top Novices’ at Aintree
* Stable Round-Up included Neptune winner The New One, Scottish Champion Hurdle winner Court Minstrel and David Pipe’s Dynaste of whom it read “could follow the Grands Crus path of last year, starting in the Steel Plate And Sections before he is readied for the Feltham” – he won both races and also scored at Aintree in April
* Across The Sea – Mount Benbulben 14/1 winner of the Grade 1 novice chase at the Punchestown Festival
* Under The Hammer – horses featured in this section included Champion Bumper winner Briar Hill (25/1) and The Liquidator, who won the equivalent Grade 1 at Punchestown – this section has been greatly increased for 2013-14