Harry Skelton: “She looks fantastic, is in good form and should go very close”

Friday, Ayr

We’ve got plenty of runners at Ayr over the next few days and it’s nice to support the meeting.

Hidden Heroics is our first runner, and he goes in the three-mile Novices’ Hurdle (13:45). He steps up to three miles for the first time, but I don’t see that as any problem for him as he’s a winning point-to-pointer.

At Newcastle last time he kept grinding it out all the way to the line and won well. He hasn’t been that busy over the winter so he’s a relatively fresh horse and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t run well.

John Locke runs in the two-mile Handicap Hurdle (14:55). He’s had a break since his last run in December. Off a mark of 125 he should be capable of being competitive, but I think the handicapper has him where he wants him. He could run well but I don’t think there’s much scope in his handicap mark.

The Listed Handicap Chase (15:30) is a competitive race and we run Beakstown here. He’s been running well this season without winning. He bumped into two decent rivals at Doncaster and Cheltenham and then ran well for a long way at Kempton last time over three miles when he didn’t quite see out the trip. Dropped back to two-and-a-half miles here, hopefully he can run very well.

Get A Tonic runs in the three-mile Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (16:05). She was probably a bit unlucky not to win last time at Doncaster when she drifted left-handed at the finish and threw the race away. Her run at Warwick behind Marie’s Rock looks very good form now. She’s looks fantastic and is in good form, and with a clear round she should go very close.

In the last, a three-mile Handicap Hurdle (17:15), we have Colonel Manderson. Dan’s had this race in mind for him since he bumped into a progressive rival at Warwick in February. This track and ground should be ideal for him and there are no negatives. He should go very close.

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