September 16 / 13.25 Ayr

13.25 Ayr

Good To Firm

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  • Prize money: £4752
  • 0m 7f 50y
  • Class 4
  • 13 runners
  • Win time: 1m 29s
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Runners: 13 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

14/1 (Won)

  • Win: £14.90
  • Place: £4.30

Form: 205138 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 7lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict
7f winner at York in July; has regressed in two subsequent starts, finishing last of three then last of eight; removal of hood (worn last four outings) needs to have a reinvigorating effect.
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1st

1

(11)

10th Jun 2022

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

16:05 York

Northern Express

9st 9lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Michael Dods

midfield, smooth headway over 2f out, tracked leaders going easily over 1f out, pushed along and led inside final furlong, ridden briefly final 110yds, pushed out towards finish, comfortably

5/1

6th

9

(8)

21st May 2022

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

13:40 York

Northern Express

9st 2lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

Scored twice over 7f (both good to firm) last term; creditable second at Musselburgh (good to soft) and Thirsk (good; Another Batt third) this season; no reason why he won't be thereabouts again.

13/2

2nd

6

(5)

14th May 2022

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

16:40 Thirsk

Northern Express

8st 13lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Michael Dods

7/2

  • Place: £1.30

Form: 621213 CD BF

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 82

Form & Verdict
Regular front-runner; largely progressive since last autumn, including two C&D wins on fast ground (overall form figures here read 211); creditable third to subsequent scorer at Epsom last time; solid claims.
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1st

4

(2)

24th Jun 2022

Good

0m 7f 1y

Class 4

18:50 Chester

Poet’s Magic

10st 2lb

J: Dougie Costello

T: John Quinn

made virtually all, ridden and 3 lengths ahead over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, always doing enough (trainer said, regarding apparent improvement in form, that the mare had benefited from being able to dominate the race from a low draw in stall 2, and also appreciated a drop in class)

14/1

14th

13

(14)

10th Jun 2022

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

16:05 York

Poet’s Magic

9st 3lb

J: Jason Hart

T: John Quinn

slowly away, always towards rear

40/1

7th

3

(10)

22nd May 2022

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

18:40 York

Poet’s Magic

9st 5lb

J: Jason Hart

T: John Quinn

25/1

  • Place: £6.40

Form: 056658

Last run: 3 days

W: 8st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 68

Form & Verdict
Defied a 10lb higher mark at Thirsk (1m) in June 2020; nowhere near that form since, hence the drop in weights; down the field in lower grade back at Thirsk three days ago; opposed.
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13th

10

(13)

23rd Oct 2021

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

17:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Swiss Knight

9st 1lb

J: Joanna Mason

T: Michael & David Easterby

Hinted at a revival at Ayr last month but he was unable to back it up at Newcastle four days ago; should be making an impact at this level and no surprise to see him bounce back despite the wide stall.

12/1

9th

1

(12)

19th Oct 2021

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 6

15:35 Newcastle (AW)

Swiss Knight

9st 12lb

J: Joanna Mason

T: Michael & David Easterby

Not the force of old but there were more promising signs when third of 12 at Ayr last month, keeping on over 7f; drops into a Class 6 today and handles Tapeta so no surprise to see him show up prominently; blinkers join his usual accessories today.

6/1

3rd

13

(7)

16th Sep 2021

Good To Firm

0m 7f 50y

Class 4

13:25 Ayr

Swiss Knight

8st 7lb

J: Joanna Mason

T: Michael & David Easterby

Defied a 10lb higher mark at Thirsk (1m) in June 2020; nowhere near that form since, hence the drop in weights; down the field in lower grade back at Thirsk three days ago; opposed.

25/1

OUR TIP

8/1

Form: 120120 CD BF

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 11lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict
Two wins at Thirsk this term; disappointing favourite back there last month; won a division of this race last year and followed up in 1m contest here the following day but runs off a much higher mark this time round.
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1

(12)

22nd Jun 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 173y

Class 4

14:55 Carlisle

Cassy O

10st 0lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Runner-up over C&D (soft) last month and returned to winning ways when making all at Redcar (1m, good to firm) on Friday; 5lb penalty demands more in this competitive race but he comes here in fine form.

8/1

1st

4

(4)

17th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 219y

Class 3

14:55 Redcar

Cassy O

9st 7lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

made all, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, faced challenge inside final furlong, kept on

7/2

2nd

2

(3)

16th May 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 173y

Class 4

15:05 Carlisle

Cassy O

9st 4lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Won twice last summer and also ran well over this C&D when a close second; today is his third run of the year and he could be working his way back into form, but he certainly needs to better his last two efforts.

9/1

12/1

Form: 259269 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict
Ran respectably off higher marks in the Ayr Silver Cup for the last two years (sixth in 2019, runner-up in 2020); inconsistent this term and on a long losing run but is too well treated to be completely ignored.
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3rd

10

(8)

25th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

0m 6f 2y

Class 4

19:00 Doncaster

Admirality

9st 1lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Roger Fell

midfield, headway halfway, ridden over 1f out, no extra final 110yds

7/1

7th

8

(2)

18th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

15:22 Redcar

Admirality

8st 5lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Roger Fell

led, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong

16/1

13th

4

(12)

21st May 2022

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

17:15 York

Admirality

9st 8lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Roger Fell

6/1

Form: 261344 CD

Last run: 4 days

W: 8st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 70

Form & Verdict
Form figures at Ayr read 212221, most recently winning over 7f on fast ground in July; respectable efforts over 5f since, latest at Haydock on Sunday; gives the impression he'll relish this step back up in distance; rock-solid contender returned to this venue.
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1st

5

(6)

28th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

0m 6f 6y

Class 4

15:50 Hamilton

Global Humor

9st 10lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

took keen hold, pressed leader, led against near rail after 2f, pushed along from over 1f out, kept on strongly and went clear inside final furlong, eased towards finish, readily

4/1

6

(7)

18th Jun 2022

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:14 Ayr

Global Humor

9st 5lb

J: Amie Waugh

T: Jim Goldie

refused to race

10/1

6th

6

(2)

8th Jun 2022

Good

0m 6f 6y

Class 4

20:20 Hamilton

Global Humor

9st 0lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

held up in behind leaders on outer, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong

12/1

7th
9 (9)
Darvel

10/1

Form: -22063 C

Last run: 30 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict
Placed in three of his five runs this season, including when third to Poet's Magic at Carlisle (wore blinkers) last time; possibilities off a reduced mark back at the scene of his 2yo win (1-1 here).
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6th

5

(4)

21st Jun 2022

Good To Firm

0m 6f 210y

Class 4

14:30 Brighton

Darvel

9st 6lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Patrick Chamings

midfield, ridden 2f out, no impression when bit short of room over 1f out, kept on but held inside final furlong

9/1

5th

4

(3)

13th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

1m 0f 31y

Class 4

19:10 Windsor

Darvel

9st 5lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Patrick Chamings

prominent, chased leader over 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, no extra final 110yds

7/2

2nd

1

(1)

27th May 2022

Good

0m 7f 216y

Class 5

15:55 Brighton

Darvel

9st 10lb

J: Rhys Clutterbuck

T: Patrick Chamings

3/1

12/1

Form: 571614 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 8st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 70

Form & Verdict
Less to prove than fellow 8yo King's Pavilion, having scored three times (7f/1m) this summer; close fourth at Thirsk last time and remains in decent form; defied higher marks in his younger days.
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4th

2

(8)

25th Oct 2021

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 5

18:30 Newcastle (AW)

Glengarry

9st 11lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Danny Brooke

Successful three times on turf (7f/1m) this summer but his form has cooled on last two starts; has won over C&D in the past but his AW record stands at 1-11 and he's still 3lb higher than for last win; others preferred.

14/1

9th

8

(1)

11th Oct 2021

Soft

0m 7f 33y

Class 5

13:25 Musselburgh

Glengarry

9st 5lb

J: Graham Lee

T: Danny Brooke

Successful three times (7f/1m) this summer; below par at Ayr last month; weighted to this season's best but he defied a 7lb higher mark over C&D (good to firm) in 2016 and 2019; not without a chance.

14/1

8th

11

(13)

16th Sep 2021

Good To Firm

0m 7f 50y

Class 4

13:25 Ayr

Glengarry

8st 9lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Danny Brooke

Less to prove than fellow 8yo King's Pavilion, having scored three times (7f/1m) this summer; close fourth at Thirsk last time and remains in decent form; defied higher marks in his younger days.

12/1

Form: 802572 D

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict
Runner-up in four of his nine starts this season, including at Haydock 12 days ago in a 1m contest he won (off this mark) in 2020; one of his other silver medals came over C&D in July; should remain competitive.
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6th

2

(4)

27th Jun 2022

Good

1m 0f 2y

Class 5

21:00 Musselburgh

Star Shield

9st 10lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

bumped start, soon led narrowly or disputed lead, ridden and headed 2f out, no extra over 1f out, weakened final furlong (jockey said gelding ran flat; vet said a post-race examination failed to reveal any abnormalities)

13/2

5th

2

(9)

18th Jun 2022

Good

0m 7f 212y

Class 4

20:15 Haydock

Star Shield

9st 8lb

J: Ross Coakley

T: David O’Meara

towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and minor headway over 1f out, no extra final furlong

9/2

6th

3

(5)

30th May 2022

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

19:00 Ayr

Star Shield

9st 5lb

J: David Nolan

T: David O’Meara

Two wins at Newcastle (1m) during his winter AW campaign; back 2lb below his last winning mark, having made much less of an impact on last three outings, two of them back on grass but turf did not present problems last year; case can be made.

10/1

Form: 047907 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict
Five-time winner for Kevin Ryan; generally not in the best of form since his most recent success (in April) and needs a revival on second run for new stable.
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7th

9

(2)

10th Jun 2022

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

16:05 York

Queen’s Sargent

9st 5lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Michael Dods

held up in midfield on inner, pushed along over 2f out, ridden 2f out, edged right over 1f out, made no telling impression

5/1

7th

1

(1)

16th May 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 173y

Class 4

15:05 Carlisle

Queen’s Sargent

9st 10lb

J: Phil Dennis

T: Michael Dods

Won twice last year and he may have needed his reappearance at Redcar four weeks ago; however, he was inconsistent last season and he's done all of his winning over shorter trips, so this stiff 1m may stretch him.

10/1

7th

3

(2)

18th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

15:24 Redcar

Queen’s Sargent

9st 5lb

J: Phil Dennis

T: Michael Dods

Form: 35-413 C

Last run: 54 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict
Fairly useful 3yo who is still fresh for this stage of the campaign, having raced only three times this term; in good form over 7f at York in July, winning on good to firm, then third on good; successful in nursery (6f) at this meeting last year and looks interesting back here.
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7th

17

(7)

13th May 2022

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

16:45 York

Outrun The Storm

9st 5lb

J: Jack Garritty

T: Richard Fahey

Kept busy during the winter but holding his form and it was a near-miss he suffered at Chelmsford (7f) three weeks ago; he won over C&D on good ground last summer and he'll probably go well again.

12/1

14/1

Form: 19-443 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 1lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict
Record of 1-5 for William Haggas, the win gained on debut (7f, AW); not disgraced last time (1m1f; sold 35,000gns since) but needs some improvement in this deeper field on first run for new stable.
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10

(12)

8th May 2022

Good To Soft

1m 0f 68y

Class 4

16:48 Hamilton

Maraakiz

9st 4lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Linda Perratt

Chelmsford winner (7f, AW) on debut for William Haggas in November 2020 and ran with credit after retuning from a long absence last summer, but tailed off on his debut for this yard at Ayr (7f, good to firm) in September; returns from another eight months off having undergone wind surgery and enough to prove.

33/1

12

(9)

18th Sep 2021

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Ayr

Maraakiz

8st 3lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Linda Perratt

Record of 1-5 for William Haggas, the win gained on debut (7f, AW); sold for 35,000gns after finishing third of six at Carlisle in August; soundly beaten here on Thursday on first start for this yard.

20/1

12th

7

(6)

16th Sep 2021

Good To Firm

0m 7f 50y

Class 4

13:25 Ayr

Maraakiz

9st 1lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Linda Perratt

Record of 1-5 for William Haggas, the win gained on debut (7f, AW); not disgraced last time (1m1f; sold 35,000gns since) but needs some improvement in this deeper field on first run for new stable.

14/1

Form: 6499-7 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 8st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict
Multiple winner down the years; however, lost his way to a large extent last term and failed to revive on belated reappearance (debut for new yard); others preferred.
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10th

4

(9)

1st Nov 2021

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 5

15:30 Ascot

King’s Pavilion

9st 10lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Les Eyre

Seven-time turf winner but his last success was over two years ago and he's generally struggled in his last ten starts; made some late headway at Musselburgh last time and now goes back up in trip but he still has quite a bit to prove on only his second AW run.

7/1

7th

7

(8)

11th Oct 2021

Soft

0m 7f 33y

Class 5

13:25 Musselburgh

King’s Pavilion

9st 5lb

J: P J McDonald

T: Les Eyre

Multiple winner off higher marks, mostly on slow ground; however, generally nowhere near best since his last success two years ago; third start for new stable.

16/1

7th

12

(9)

21st Sep 2021

Good

0m 7f 96y

Class 4

13:25 Beverley

King’s Pavilion

8st 13lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: Les Eyre

Course winner over 8.5f off a 14lb higher mark in July 2019; didn't show much on recent reappearance here after nearly a year off (8.5f, good to firm) when making stable debut; plenty to prove at present.

20/1

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Payout
Exacta £1017.00
Straight Forecast £647.50
Tricast £14209.90
Trifecta £21916.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Outrun The Storm

TOPSPEED:

Global Humor

The Guardian:

Star Shield

Daily Express:

Darvel

Daily Mail:

Cassy O

The Star:

Glengarry

RP Ratings:

Outrun The Storm

Telegraph:

Outrun The Storm

Daily Record:

Outrun The Storm

POSTDATA:

Global Humor

The Times:

Global Humor

Daily Mirror:

Star Shield

The Sun:

Star Shield