In the last three meetings at Ayr, Irish trainer Stuart Crawford has had runners at two of them. Crawford has left the Scottish track with six winners from these two meetings, including a four-timer back in November. He’s been absolutely mopping up at Ayr which is a dangerous omen. Therefore it could be significant that he sends four runners there on Monday. As two of these runners are in the same race, we’ve combined his three best chances into a 90-1 treble. Check out our free tips page for daily content across British and Irish racing.
El Poppochapo (6-1, bet365) has had three runs over hurdles so far. All three have come in Irish maidens which are usually much stronger than novice hurdles in northern Britain. Performed well enough on hurdles debut when beaten by 18 lengths at Down Royal and was too bad to be true at Navan two starts ago. She was much better when fourth at Naas last time out. This is much easier and she should run a big race if finding some improvement.
Champ De Gane (7-2, bet365) unseated on chase debut at Down Royal on Boxing Day and it was too early to tell if he was going to run a big race or not. Connections have wasted little time in sending him chasing as he had just five hurdles starts before going over the larger obstacles. This would suggest that significant improvement is expected in this sphere and it’d be no surprise if he won.
Isenay (9-4, bet365) finished sixth on bumper debut at Punchestown. The winner is a smart prospect who won his hurdles debut and finished third in a Grade 2 novice hurdle. That race has worked out particularly well, with the third and eighth also winning since. Unlikely to require much improvement to win this but should progress nonetheless. This is a good opportunity.
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