NAP Progress Drive 7/4 (B365) – Ayr 14:15 – 2pts win 2nd -2pts
Progress Drive put in a solid round of jumping to get within two lengths of Brio Conti on chase debut. Twice a course and distance winner over hurdles and with all career victories coming on either soft or heavy ground, and with his trainer in great form over recent weeks, he should be able to build on that performance and gain victory here today.
NB Nortonthorpelegend 11/4 (B365) – Ayr 13:05 – 2pts win Lost -2pts
Nortonthorpelegend put in a much-improved performance when just failing by a neck last time out, getting lonely out in front and getting nailed right on the line. He’s got cheekpieces on today, should relish conditions and is only 2lbs higher than when last victorious over course and distance.
IWAC Kilmurvy 10/1 (B365) – Uttoxeter 14:55 – 2pts win Lost -2pts
Last victory came over course and distance off a mark of 115 in 2015 and although was always in rear on return from an 18-month absence that was over hurdles and was likely a run to gain race-fitness so a return to chasing off a mark of 112 could underestimate him here.
FRIDAY SHORTLISTED RUNNERS
Glingerside 14/1 e/w (coral) – Ayr 14:50 Lost (lost 3rd in final strides)
Not one to go mad on (especially considering recent form) however it is interesting to see Glingerside, who posted his only career victory to date in a class 4 novice hurdle in heavy ground over course and distance, return to a two-mile trip for the first time since that victory.
FRIDAY STATS RUNNERS
N Henderson 20% winning strike rate in the last 3 years over hurdles at Ascot….
12:45 – Darious Des Bois & Settie Hill
13:55 – Claimantakingforgan
P Nicholls 24% winning strike rate in the last 3 years over fences at Ascot….
14:30 – Dolos (P Nicholls & S Twiston-Davies won this race for the last 3 years)
H Fry 36% winning strike rate & level stakes profit of +£19.33 in the last 3 years over hurdles at Ascot….
13:55 – Mr One More
W Coltherd 27% winning strike rate & level stakes profit of +£31.50 in the last 3 years over hurdles at Ayr….
11:55 – Felix Mendelssohn
M Jefferson 33% winning strike rate in the last 3 years over hurdles at Ayr….
13:40 – Shepherds Bight
N Henderson 32% winning strike rate in the last 3 years over hurdles at Uttoxeter….
12:15 – Che Des Obeaux
J Gosden 33% winning strike rate in the last 3 years at Wolves….
17:45 – Poetic Imagination
21/12/17 PROFIT/LOSS: -6pts
DECEMBER 2017 PROFIT/LOSS: +2.23pts
HISTORIC & ROLLING RESULTS
2017 PROFIT/LOSS: (updated monthly): +86.04pts
2016 PROFIT/LOSS: +237.55pts
PROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 2015 (updated monthly): +606.53pts