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Ayr – Preview 14th February 2023

Gordon Brown – Race Reporter

Gordon has a wealth of experience of racing through his background in the written and broadcast media. His current principle role is reporting and supporting the scene in Scotland on Racing TV and relaying the latest news with Scottish angles.

STUART COLTHERD is looking for another big run from hat-trick seeking Wheelbari, who is partnered by his son Sam at Ayr on Tuesday.


Following back-to-back wins at Kelso in November and December, the Selkirk raider faces four rivals in the Mother’s Day At Western House Hotel Handicap Chase.


“He’s been in some form this horse as he’s won six of his last eight starts,” Coltherd said. “To be honest he’s been a bit of revelation and I think he will go close again so he might not be finished winning yet even after a 5lb rise.”


The opposition to Wheelbari include Stuart Crawford-trained Champ De Gane and Lucinda Russell’s 2022 course and distance scorer Douglas Talking, who returns to action following a wind operation.


There is a competitive line-up declared for the Spring Getaway At Western House Hotel Handicap Hurdle with top-weight Apple Away likely to feature prominently in the betting.


After making most of the running on her handicap debut at Haydock she was only pipped by half a length, a performance that has resulted in her mark increase by 2lbs.


Martin Todhunter’s Jet Legs was also runner-up last time, in his case when chasing home The Imposter at Wetherby in a race in which the front two pulled well clear of the remainder.