Bet Slip
My Bet Slip
-
How to use My Betslip
Placing a Single Bet Placing a Multiple Bet Manage bookmakers

Simply click a price on Race Passes and we’ll take you off to place your bet with your favourite bookmaker. You can also place single bets from the Bet Slip – just click the price in the Bet Slip.

Our Bet Slip allows you to build up your selections before you begin placing multiple bets with your favourite bookmakers. Click the +BET button to add your selections and then, when you’re ready, hit ‘Bet Now’ to go to your chosen bookmaker’s site and place your bets.

Select the bookmaker prices you want to display on Race Passes by switching the toggles between show and hide in the Bookmaker Manager, or use the Currently Showing selection screen. We will automatically display the best odds from your chosen bookmakers.

Note that Betfair Exchange prices are available to logged in customers only and are not included in the best odds calculation.

Bets Odds
You currently have no selections.
timeform logo mini sign in to timeformSign In

register to timeformRegister my timeform
timeform menu collapse
search timeform's website

Scottish Champion Hurdle: Stick with Skelton

ArticleImage

Adam Houghton previews the Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr on Saturday and picks out his best bet.

One For Arthur gave Scottish racing fans a day to remember when winning the Grand National at Aintree less than two weeks ago, and Saturday should provide another for those living north of the border, with the Scottish Grand National taking centre stage at Ayr.

However, there is plenty more for the native punters to get their teeth stuck into this weekend – haggis and deep-fried Mars Bars apart – and the Scottish Champion Hurdle is a top quality contest in its own right. The race has been won by equine heroes such as Alderbrook and Overturn over the years and the 2017 renewal looks typically competitive.

Winter Escape is the current market leader for trainer Alan King, who won the race with Raya Star back in 2012. Raya Star had finished down the field on his previous start in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham, but Winter Escape would arrive here on the back of a far more encouraging effort in that same event, having been beaten just two and a half lengths when fifth at the Festival. The six-year-old ought to be fresher than most at this stage of the season after just two starts and certainly deserves his place in the betting, with the potential to prove much better than a BHA mark of 141 in time.

The ill-fated Raya Star was owned by Simon Munir, and he shares ownership (with Isaac Souede) of another Alan King-trained runner this time round, namely Sceau Royal. He has enjoyed a highly productive campaign, winning a minor event at Cheltenham and the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton on his first two starts. The five-year-old has acquitted himself with credit in better company of late – including when sixth in the Champion Hurdle last time – without suggesting he is obviously well-treated from an official rating of 155.

Munir and Souede employ Daryl Jacob as their retained jockey and he looks set to face a difficult choice here, with the owners also potentially responsible for a pair of Nicky Henderson-trained horses in the shape of L’Ami Serge and Peace And Co. The former finished three places in front of Winter Escape in the County last time, seemingly relishing the strong pace and big field and staying on strongly to snatch second close home. He has not appeared the most resolute at times this season, however, and looks opposable for win purposes from 3 lb higher in the weights than last time.

Meanwhile, Peace And Co has a 13-month absence from the track to contend with if lining up on Saturday, having been on the sidelines with physical problems since being pulled-up in last year’s Champion Hurdle. Nevertheless, he has been the subject of positive bulletins from Nicky Henderson at various stages this spring and caught the eye in a racecourse gallop at Kempton towards the end of February. Henderson reports him to be settling far better in his work than when a very smart juvenile in 2014/15 and, with that in mind, Peace And Co does look potentially very well-treated from a mark of 144 here.

Paul Nicholls has conceded defeat in his battle with Henderson for the trainers’ championship, but he will still be doing his best to land as many big prizes between now and the end of the season as possible, and is responsible for four of the 20 entries at the five-day stage. Tommy Silver is perhaps his best chance following a dominant victory at Plumpton last Sunday. That represented by far the best effort of the five-year-old’s career to date and he would have to be respected if taking his chance under a penalty, although the quick turnaround would be an obvious concern.

Chesterfield and London Prize arrive here on the back of similarly impressive wins at Aintree and Sandown, respectively, and can’t be discounted in their follow up bids. Chesterfield makes most appeal of that pair, having progressed with each start since returning from two years off the track for the Seamus Mullins yard at Ascot in December. He is now 9 lb higher in the weights than when winning at Aintree, but further improvement can’t be ruled out given his overall profile.

Interestingly, the aforementioned Raya Star is the only horse since Blowing Wind in 1998 to carry more than 11-1 to victory here – which puts the size of the task facing L’Ami Serge and Sceau Royal into some context – and the advice is to side with one carrying a much lesser burden in the shape of the Dan Skelton-trained Mohaayed.

The five-year-old was having only his fourth start over obstacles and making his handicap debut when shaping extremely well for one so inexperienced in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham. Indeed, he might have finished even closer than the three lengths he was beaten but for being short of room two out, and he certainly showed enough to suggest he is up to winning a nice prize from this mark. He actually comes into this race on the same mark as last year’s winner Ch’tibello, incidentally also trained by Skelton, and with the possibility of more to come at a track that should suit this formerly useful performer on the Flat, Mohaayed looks worth a small bet at 8/1.

Recommendation:

Back Mohaayed at 8/1 in the Scottish Champion Hurdle

 

TIMEFORM RACE CARD PDF DOWNLOADS

GO
3 FOR 2 SATURDAY RACE CARDS

FREE DAILY RACE PASS

race pass logo

NEWBURY 4:00

Friday 22 September
7. SECOND THOUGHT (IRE) 128p
Robert Winston silk Robert Winston
William Haggas
6. DREAM OF DREAMS (IRE) 127+
Ryan Moore silk Ryan Moore
Sir Michael Stoute hot trainer
8. GOLDEN STUNNER (IRE) 126
Pat Dobbs silk Pat Dobbs
Ralph Beckett
Go to Full Race

LATEST HORSE RACING RESULTS

9:15 CHELMSFORD CITY

1st Callum Shepherd silk 4. ESTIBDAAD (IRE) 12/113
2nd David Probert silk 2 9. CALIFORNIA CLIFFS (IRE) 12/113
3rd Martin Harley silk 2 7. TOMMY'S SECRET 3/14
J: Callum Shepherd (3)  
T: Paddy Butler  
11 ran. NRs: 1  6 
FULL RESULT

8:45 CHELMSFORD CITY

1st Josephine Gordon silk 8. ARCADIAN SEA (IRE) 5/23.5f
2nd Tom Marquand silk 1. FANTASY GLADIATOR 5/16
3rd Paddy Bradley silk 7. MASTER OF HEAVEN 10/111
12 ran. NRs: 3 
FULL RESULT

8:15 CHELMSFORD CITY

1st Joshua Bryan silk 1. CHETAN 3/14f
2nd Richard Kingscote silk 13. PRINCE JAI 6/17
3rd Rhiain Ingram silk nk 14. DUKES MEADOW 8/19
4th Josephine Gordon silk ½ 6. CAPTAIN HAWK 10/111
J: Joshua Bryan (5)  
All 16 ran.
FULL RESULT

7:45 CHELMSFORD CITY

1st Dougie Costello silk 3. ENIGMATIC (IRE) 14/115
2nd Danny Brock silk ½ 6. SWISS VINNARE 50/151
3rd David Egan silk nk 11. YOGIYOGIYOGI (IRE) 6/17
10 ran. NRs: 10 
FULL RESULT

7:15 CHELMSFORD CITY

1st Paddy Pilley silk 8. GOLD HUNTER (IRE) 16/117
2nd Jimmy Quinn silk nk 11. ROUGE NUAGE (IRE) 20/121
3rd Luke Morris silk 1 15. CAINHOE STAR 5/16
J: Paddy Pilley (5)  
T: Steve Flook  
14 ran. NRs: 6 
FULL RESULT

6:45 CHELMSFORD CITY

1st Robert Winston silk 9. HARLEQUIN STORM (IRE) 6/17
2nd Charlie Bennett silk 2 14. BAHAMIAN PARADISE 6/17
3rd Joshua Bryan silk ½ 12. BILLYOAKES (IRE) 10/111
T: Dean Ivory  
11 ran. NRs: 3  6  7 
FULL RESULT

6:15 CHELMSFORD CITY

1st Ryan Tate silk 12. MACKSVILLE (IRE) 14/115
2nd Silvestre De Sousa silk 8. NURSE NIGHTINGALE 5/16
3rd Robert Tart silk 11. UPTOWN FUNK (IRE) 9/25.5
J: Ryan Tate  
13 ran. NRs: 6 
FULL RESULT

5:55 BALLINROBE

1st Miss N. Carberry silk 1. CASK MATE (IRE) 9/43.25cf
2nd Mr J. J. Codd silk 12 2. ELUSIVE EXCLUSIVE (IRE) 9/43.25cf
All 7 ran.
FULL RESULT

5:50 YARMOUTH

1st Pat Cosgrave silk 4. BIG TOUR (IRE) 6/42.5f
2nd James Doyle silk 1. MOUNTAIN RESCUE (IRE) 5/23.5
J: Pat Cosgrave  
All 5 ran.
FULL RESULT
Go to Horse Racing Results