Today's racecards

Ayr

  • 14:05 Arcadia Consulting William Dickie & Mary Robertson Future Champion Novices' Chase 2m 4f

  • Winner £26,748 2nd £10,017 3rd £5,004 4th £2,498
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 16.15s
  • Off time: 14:05:31
14:05 Ayr Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Eduard (IRE) 7/4
2nd Valdez 5/6

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 02-1115 Dark blue, light blue hoops and armlets, red cap Valdez 32
Nag me
7 11-7 A King R Thornton 153 5/61.83
2 124-211 Red, Yellow stars, Yellow sleeves, Red armlets, Red cap Eduard (IRE) 36
Nag meCourse Winner
6 11-4 N G Richards Brian Harding 144 7/42.75
3 736512 Yellow, Emerald Green braces, Yellow cap Miley Shah (IRE) 9
Nag me
9 11-4 p J P Kenny B J Geraghty 140 8/19.00
4 3-P13PF EMERALD GREEN, YELLOW sash and star on cap Reaping The Reward (IRE) 24
Nag meDistance Winner
10 11-0 Miss Lucinda V Russell P Buchanan 125 28/129.00
5 22-P61P Maroon, White chevron, Dark Blue and White striped sleeves, Maroon and Dark Blue striped cap Aibrean (IRE) 86
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
10 10-11 S R B Crawford P Carberry 130 14/115.00

Verdict

VALDEZ has to concede weight all round but looks in a different league to the majority of his rivals. He rattled up a hat-trick in decent company before running well in the Arkle at Cheltenham when only beaten seven lengths by the winner. Eduard is probably the danger if Alan King's charge decides he's had enough for the season. He had little more than an exercise canter over course and distance last month and deserves a crack at this higher level. Miley Shah is improving with experience but his latest run was over a longer trip and he could get outpaced back over 2m. The other runners both have a bit to prove against younger rivals on these terms.