Sirwilliamwallace was a horse I highlighted in the Christmas Special and it was therefore disappointing to see him finish only third in a novices' handicap chase at Kelso during the Festive period. Given an ordinary ride on that occasion, Sandy Thomson's reappeared after a break of 62 days and redressed the balance with a comfortable win in a similar event at Ayr on Monday. Making all, he enjoyed an uncontested lead throughout before being driven out for a ten lengths win off a mark of 119 in the two and a half miles event. His trainer, who sent out a treble, believes the Getaway gelding wants three miles. With that in mind, one would expect him to return to the same track next month for the £50,000 three miles novices' handicap chase on Scottish National day (17th April). His form figures at Ayr are 221.
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