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Crawford's Elusive Theatre will put on a fantastic show

By Nick Robson

Elusive Theatre drops in trip for the Mares' Maiden Hurdle at Ayr today and it looks a wise move by trainer Stuart Crawford, who is based just outside Larne.

She set off like a scalded cat over three miles at Ayr last time out in desperate ground and was still some 20 lengths clear approaching the second-last.

Unfortunately her early exertions took their toll as she fell but was thankfully only winded.

Whether she would have held on we will never know, but down a mile in trip on her return to the course, her tactics will be no secret.

Casual Cavalier has been in good heart this season and can rattle off a hat-trick in the Racing UK Handicap Chase for George Bewley.

Hot Beat created a sparkling impression when winning last time out and can follow up in the Betway Handicap at Newcastle.

Kayf Adventure is only lightly raced but Philip Hobbs' gelding has already shown he has plenty of ability, a fact he can underline at Fontwell.

Fourth in a decent Kempton bumper on his racecourse debut in February 2015, Kayf Adventure broke his duck a month later in fine style.

In beating Dan Skelton's Knockgraffon by 19 lengths he promised plenty for the future, but was then off the track for the whole of last season.

He did not reappear until New Year's Day when he ran a race behind Harry Fry's Neon Wolf, one of the best novices around.

Given time to counteract any possible bounce factor by Hobbs, his appearance in the George Smith Horseboxes Novices' Hurdle is worth waiting for.

AYR: 2.20 Rivabodiva, 2.50 Elusive Theatre, 3.20 Plus Jamais, 3.50 Casual Cavalier, 4.20 Un Noble, 4.50 Uncle Alastair.

FONTWELL: 2.00 Brown Bear, 2.30 KAYF ADVENTURE (NAP), 3.00 Tara Bridge, 3.30 Casper King, 4.00 Leg Lock Luke, 4.30 Blue Bullet.

NEWCASTLE: 2.10 Prairie Impulse, 2.40 Taopix, 3.10 Hot Beat, 3.40 Barwah, 4.10 Holiday Magic, 4.40 Hitchcock, 5.10 Spiraea.

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