CPMS Scottish Champion Hurdle
Grade 2, Limited Handicap,
Ayr 14:25
£105,000 added, 4yo plus,
2m, Class 1   
Saturday 13th April 2019

1 Verdana Blue 4/1F
2 Dino Velvet 14/1
3 Equus Amadeus 16/1
14 ran NR: Mister Fisher Distances: 7l, 1¼l, ½l
Time: 3m 39.10s (fast by 0.90s)

Top weight Verdana Blue bolts up under Connor Brace

Nicky Henderson took the decision to hand 7lb claimer Connor Brace the biggest ride of his career, and he was repaid in style.

Brace belied his inexperience, riding a cool waiting race before unleashing the 4-1 favourite at the last, and she sprinted clear of Dino Velvet.

“That tells you how quick the ground is – she’s lethal on this ground,” said Henderson.

“We took her to Aintree but pulled her out when it rained, and then we nearly ran her in the Further Flight at Nottingham on the Flat because we wanted to win Barry Hills’ race – but we thought it might get fast up here.

“She’s only rated 90 (on the Flat), so won’t get in the Melbourne Cup. She’s been on the go nine months, and I’d say she needs a break.

“In the end we didn’t need to claim off her, but she had that much weight I thought it was the right thing to do.”

CPMS Scottish Champion Hurdle
£105,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m, Class 1
14 ran
Going: Good

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Verdana Blue (IRE) 4/1f Connor Brace (7)
N J Henderson 7
2nd 7 Dino Velvet (FR) 14/1 P J Brennan
A King 6
3rd Equus Amadeus (IRE) 16/1 Stan Sheppard (3)
Tom Lacey 6
4th ½ Irish Roe (IRE) 25/1 Henry Brooke
P Atkinson 8
5th ¾ Leoncavallo (IRE) 17/2 Sam Twiston-Davies
Dr R D P Newland 7
6th 1 Nube Negra (SPA) 13/2 Harry Skelton
D Skelton 5
7th Caius Marcius (IRE) 25/1 Danny McMenamin (7)
N G Richards 8
8th 1 Captain Moirette (FR) 20/1 Danny Cook
Mrs S J Smith 7
9th Get Out The Gate (IRE) 50/1 Callum Bewley
J S Goldie 6
10th nse Pearl Of The West (IRE) 10/1 Sean Bowen
J C McConnell 5
11th nk Redicean 10/1 Wayne Hutchinson
A King 5
12th Malaya (FR) 7/1 H Cobden
P F Nicholls 5
13th 26 Anemoi (FR) 7/1 G Sheehan
H Whittington 5
PU Brain Power (IRE) 11/1 Nico de Boinville
N J Henderson 8
WN Mister Fisher (IRE) Nico de Boinville
N J Henderson 5