When trainers send their horses on a long journey to take up an engagement, they’re runners to pay extra attention to. Trainers don’t send their horses long distances without good reason, as it can be an expensive thing for connections to do.
With that in mind, three Irish yards are sending their horses across the Irish Sea to Ayr on Monday. James Black, Liam Lennon and Noel Kelly are the yards in question.
We’ll have horse racing tips for all the action on Monday, but here is a detailed look into the chances of these long distance travellers. Best of luck if you’re choosing to follow any of these runners using this angle on Monday!
1.00 Ayr – Eltico (James Black)
The first of two runners for James Black in this maiden hurdle, both his chances currently sit at 150/1 at the time of writing. Eltico has yet to catch the eye in three hurdling starts thus far. He was last seen over 2m 4f at Ayr in January 2020, where he finished down the field.
The distance was perhaps to blame that day, but he still has plenty to prove on his seasonal return. It would be a surprise if he managed to get involved on this occasion.
1.00 Ayr – Hat Yai (James Black)
Hat Yai also looks to have a very tall order, having been well held in a pair of hurdling starts this year. Granted, those were both above average events, but he was simply never a factor on either occasion.
He would need significant improvement to play a leading role and it’s difficult to give him any sort of chance, despite his long journey over.
1.35 Ayr – Pegase Amour
Running over fences this winter, Pegase Amour returns to hurdling for the first time since July. He’s far from a consistent commodity, but he does have the form to play an each-way role in this contest at a tempting price.
He was placed off a four-pound higher rating at Down Royal last season and he sports first-time blinkers for today’s outing. Some promise has been shown over fences this winter, but he does need that headgear to have a positive effect.
He’ll relish the ground, however, and has the services of the in-form Sean Bowen. Our NAP is going to be a big road block for him, but it’s hard to dismiss him for the placings.
2.10 Ayr – Hear No Evil
The biggest chance of the Irish runners at Ayr on Monday, Hear No Evil arrives on the back of a runaway success at Wetherby last month. Benefitting from a strong pace, he went clear by nine lengths in the closing stages under a determined Sean Bowen, who retains the ride.
A seven-pound rise does demand more from him, but he did look ahead of the handicapper that day. Noel Kelly has an 11% strike-rate at British tracks in the last ten years and it would be no surprise for him to run another big race.