Ayr Betting Tips For April 13

Betting.org experts give there three best bets for the supporting races on a cracking eight-race card on Scottish Grand National day at Ayr on Saturday, 13 April. Nube Negra has looked unlucky not to win in his last two starts and therefore rates the standout bet to gain compensation in the Grade 2 Scottish Champion Hurdle. Ballywood is a progressive sort with rock solid form to his name, so rates the next best punt in the Grade 2 Future Champion Novices’ Chase. Forest Bihan, meanwhile, ran a stormer last time out and looks weighted to go well in the Listed 2m handicap chase that gets proceedings underway, so appeals each-way. Find out more about these horses in our in-depth preview with Ayr betting tips for April 13.

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Nube Negra
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Nube Negra the Scottish Champion Hurdle choice

Nube Negra has enjoyed no luck of late, but looks worth a bet to enjoy a change of fortune by landing the spoils in the valuable and ultra-competitive Grade 2 Scottish Champion Hurdle over 2m at Ayr on Saturday (14:25). This Dan Skelton trained five-year-old progressed throughout last season when winning two of his five starts.

He scored in terrific style on debut at Market Rasen when beating Knight Destroyer by nine lengths. Nube Negra then lost little in defeat when runner-up to smart Nicky Henderson filly Apple’s Shakira at Cheltenham where he threw down a challenge rounding the home bend and, after making a mistake at the last, stuck to the task nicely to be beaten 3 1/2 lengths by a rival to whom he had to concede 6lb.

Nuba Negra next got back to winnings ways when scoring hard held by eight lengths at Doncaster, before running a blinder to finish third of 22 to Veneer of Charm in the Grade 3 Fred Winter at the Cheltenham Festival off a rating of 135.

The son of Dink has had just three starts this season, shaping quite nicely on seasonal reappearance when a never nearer keeping on 13 lengths eighth of 18 to Nietzsche in the ultra-competitive Greatwood Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham, before being brought down two from home at Taunton when cantering and looking all over the winner.

Time looks near

Nube Negra was heavily backed to gain compensation last time out in a 10-runner affair at Newbury when sent off the 5/2 favourite, but was given a shocker of a ride by Harry Skelton. He was given far too much to do under his overconfident rider and flew home when the race was all but over to finish a never nearer 1 3/4 lengths third to Zanza.

However, it was still an effort which suggested is time was near and, despite being raised 3lb for it, a revised rating of 137 should not be beyond Nube Negra on the pick of his form. Ground conditions are also ideal and this is usually a a strongly run affair which will suit his run style.

So, taking everything into account, Nube Negra looks to have lots going for him in this limited handicap and and we therefore had no hesitation in making him the best bet on the card in these Ayr betting tips for April 13.

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Ballywood can reign supreme for King in Future Novices’ Chase

The Alan King trained Ballywood is a progressive sort with solid form in the book, so looks the answer to the 2m 4f Grade 2 Future Novices’ Chase (15:00). This five-year-old was a decent hurdler, but has taken his form to a new level since being sent over the larger obstacles and winning three of his five starts.

His best effort, however, arguably came in defeat when sticking to the task well to go down by 3 1/2 lengths to Dynamite Dollars in a Grade 2 at Doncaster. The winner is a very smart sort who was completing a hat-trick, and was at the head of the ante post betting for the Grade 1 Arkle at last month’s Cheltenham Festival only to get ruled out through injury.

Prior to that, Paul Nicholls’ charge had beaten Ornua in a Grade 1 at Sandown and Kalashnikov in a Grade 2 at Kempton. Given that both Ornia and Kalashnikov have gone on to land Grade 1 successes at the Aintree Grand National Festival, it gives the form a rock solid look.

Ballywood also comes into the race on the back of a taking success in a handicap chase at Ludlow, where he stayed on strongly to score by three-quarters of a length despite his rider dropping his whip after the last. That win has earned him an official rating of 147 – the highest in this seven-runner line-up.

So, with further improvement looking assured given his age, Ballywood looks to hold outstanding claims of bagging another success and as a result rates our next best bet on a cracking eight-race card.

Forest Bihan weighted to go well in opener

In the Listed 2m Scotty Brand Handicap Chase that gets proceedings underway on Scottish Grand National day (13:25), Forest Bihan makes plenty of each-way appeal following a cracking run last time out. Trained by the shrewd Brian Ellison, this eight-year-old is a tough and consistent sort who has won four times and been placed on four other occasions in 12 starts over the larger obstacles.

He was a very smart novice in 2017 when winning three times and also posted some really useful efforts in defeat. They include when a 2 1/4 lengths second to Waiting Patiently at Newcastle and a cracking head runner-up to San Benedetto in a Grade 1 at Aintree when denied in the final strides.

Forest Bihan also produced a smart performance when giving 3lb and 1 3/4 lengths beating to Simply Ned at Kelso in October 2017 off a mark of 154. He is now able to race off 1lb lower, having finished a fine fourth of 19 to Croco Bay in the Grand Annual at last month’s Cheltenham Festival.

After tracking the leaders, he found himself short of room three from home and was then denied a clear run when trying to make a move two out. Forest Bihan then briefly went third on the run-in, before weakening late on to be beaten five lengths.

It was a fine run given how the race panned out, so if backing it up he looks weighted to run a huge race. So, at the odds on offer, Forest Bihan features as the each-way punt and completes these Ayr betting tips for April 13.

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