September 18 / 15.15 Ayr

15.15 Ayr

Good

Virgin Bet Handicap

  • Prize money: £15462
  • 1m 0f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 12 runners
  • Win time: 1m 38s
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Runners: 12 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

11/1 (Won)

  • Win: £19.70
  • Place: £5.20

Form: 002437 BF

Last run: 8 days

W: 9st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Often goes well at Chester (three successes) but he ran poorly there eight days ago and doesn't look an obvious winner here off just 1lb lower; can spoil his chance by starting slowly.
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2nd

5

(6)

3rd Jun 2022

Good To Soft

1m 0f 113y

Class 2

14:35 Epsom

Revich

9st 6lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Richard Spencer

midfield, pushed along 3f out, soon outpaced and ridden, hung left but rallied over 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, not pace to challenge

9/1

3rd

4

(1)

6th May 2022

Soft

0m 7f 127y

Class 2

13:30 Chester

Revich

9st 0lb

J: Harry Davies

T: Richard Spencer

Down the field in the Lincoln but may have needed that comeback run; has the same mark as when fourth in this last year, when also drawn in stall one, and this three-time course winner (good/good to soft) is capable of playing a leading role under crack 7lb claimer Harry Davies if things fall right.

6/1

15th

10

(11)

26th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Doncaster

Revich

8st 11lb

J: Marco Ghiani

T: Richard Spencer

Exposed and could be vulnerable against some progressive rivals, but he signed off last season with a win at Ayr in September and he was a creditable sixth on his reappearance in this race last year when not enjoying the clearest of runs; an each-way possible.

33/1

11/2

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 16-113 C BF

Last run: 23 days

W: 8st 13lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict
Low-mileage 4yo with a strike-rate of four from six; scored twice over 7f here in the spring and he ran creditably when a keeping-on third of 11 at Lingfield (7.6f, good to firm) three weeks ago; that run, his first for nearly four months, should have blown away the cobwebs, and he can continue on the upgrade, with the extra yardage likely to suit; big chance.
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2nd

9

(2)

18th Sep 2021

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Ayr

Hong Kong Harry

8st 13lb

J: Paul Hanagan

T: Richard Fahey

Low-mileage 4yo with a strike-rate of four from six; scored twice over 7f here in the spring and he ran creditably when a keeping-on third of 11 at Lingfield (7.6f, good to firm) three weeks ago; that run, his first for nearly four months, should have blown away the cobwebs, and he can continue on the upgrade, with the extra yardage likely to suit; big chance.

11/2

12/1

  • Place: £2.80

Form: 671265 CD

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 13lb

5 yo Horse

OR: 101

Form & Verdict
Regularly acquits himself with credit in good-quality handicaps and his C&D win in July came off 1lb higher; has to put below-par run at Ripon (race won by Garden Oasis) behind him but that's not out of the question.
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4th

4

(1)

10th Jun 2022

Good

0m 7f 192y

Class 1

15:30 York

Marie’s Diamond

9st 9lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Roger Fell

led, ridden and headed over 2f out, ridden and outpaced over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, kept on final 110yds

25/1

21th

4

(16)

26th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Doncaster

Marie’s Diamond

9st 4lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Roger Fell

Third in the Group 1 Queen Anne in June 2020 and, while he hasn't hit the same heights since, he won a handicap off today's mark at Ayr last July and was a Listed runner-up at Meydan in January; however, this prominent-racer looks to be up against it today tackling some progressive rivals.

40/1

20th

17

(1)

16th Oct 2021

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:30 Ascot

Marie’s Diamond

9st 2lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: Mark Johnston

Ran respectably in the Cambridgeshire three weeks ago, finishing third in the far-side group; however, he's far more exposed than some of these rivals and looks unlikely to show improvement.

25/1

5/1

Form: 181171 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 9st 10lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict
Prominent racer; showed a game attitude in competitive event at the York Ebor festival (1m, good; now 3lb higher) last month, making it four wins from his last six starts; largely progressive; has to enter calculations.
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23th

14

(18)

15th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:00 Ascot

Cruyff Turn

9st 5lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Tim Easterby

raced centre, disputed lead, ridden and lost ground when groups merged over 2f out, weakened over 1f out

25/1

1st

5

(1)

12th May 2022

Good

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

15:00 York

Cruyff Turn

9st 5lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

7th

3

(9)

30th Apr 2022

Good

0m 7f 218y

Class 2

14:05 Thirsk

Cruyff Turn

9st 5lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

12/1

Form: 361936 BF

Last run: 31 days

W: 8st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict
Second win (from 23 attempts) over 8.3f at Hamilton in June; a higher mark has looked beyond him in three subsequent outings, including when he went off a well-backed favourite at Carlisle on latest; others appeal more.
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5th

9

(6)

5th Jun 2022

Good

0m 7f 33y

Class 4

18:15 Musselburgh

Jump The Gun

9st 7lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: Iain Jardine

prominent, pushed along and disputed lead 2f out, ridden and lost second over 1f out, weakened final furlong

16/1

6th

3

(9)

16th May 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 173y

Class 4

15:05 Carlisle

Jump The Gun

9st 3lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: Iain Jardine

Close sixth of 14 in this last year (soft) and won at Hamilton (1m, good) next time out; a line can be put through his reappearance run at Hamilton eight days ago as he nearly came down over 3f out; not ruled out.

8/1

4/1

Form: -01324

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Mostly in good form over 7f this term, including Leicester win in July; ended up with too much to do when a never-nearer fourth of nine at Goodwood last time; moving back up to 1m may suit; respected.
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20th

19

(31)

16th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

18:10 Ascot

Dance Fever

9st 2lb

J: John Fahy

T: Clive Cox

taken down early

20/1

13th

15

(3)

7th May 2022

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

16:05 Ascot

Dance Fever

8st 13lb

J: William Cox

T: Clive Cox

3rd

2

(5)

14th Apr 2022

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

16:10 Newmarket

Dance Fever

8st 13lb

J: Hector Crouch

T: Clive Cox

16/1

Form: 220330 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Several creditable efforts in good 7f/1m handicaps in Ireland (for Joseph O'Brien) and Britain this year but he was down the field behind Cruyff Turn at York four weeks ago and needs to put that well behind him.
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7th

3

(7)

28th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

1m 0f 68y

Class 2

14:45 Hamilton

Fame And Acclaim

10st 1lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: Les Eyre

prominent, pushed along and lost position 2f out, soon weakened and beaten

4/1

5th

4

(5)

9th Jun 2022

Good

0m 7f 212y

Class 3

19:25 Haydock

Fame And Acclaim

9st 6lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: Les Eyre

led, ridden and headed 2f out, soon lost position, dropped to rear final furlong

12/1

3rd

7

(7)

3rd Jun 2022

Good To Soft

0m 7f 213y

Class 2

18:41 Doncaster

Fame And Acclaim

8st 10lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: Les Eyre

held up in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, ran on, not reach leaders

7/1

Form: 821011 CD

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict
Front-runner; has won three of his last four races, gamely holding on by a nose at Ripon (1m, good) on latest; that form was boosted by the runner-up's subsequent win at Sandown, but a 6lb higher mark still demands more and David Allan jumps ship to ride Cruyff Turn.
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2

(6)

22nd Jun 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 173y

Class 4

14:55 Carlisle

Garden Oasis

9st 12lb

J: James Sullivan

T: Tim Easterby

One of three runners for Tim Easterby; struggling to find his form this season and no better at York (1m1f, good) 11 days ago; inching down the weights but more positive recent signs would have been preferable.

14/1

10th

1

(6)

11th Jun 2022

Good

1m 0f 177y

Class 4

16:50 York

Garden Oasis

9st 10lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

prominent, pushed along 3f out, weakened 2f out

13/2

10th

9

(6)

22nd May 2022

Good

0m 7f 192y

Class 3

17:05 York

Garden Oasis

9st 4lb

J: James Sullivan

T: Tim Easterby

Prominent racer who won four times last summer, including over C&D, but he's been beaten a long way on both starts this season (C&D latest).

50/1

11/2

Form: 202292 D

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Runner-up five times this year, including twice over C&D and when beaten a neck in a blanket finish at Pontefract two weeks ago; also finished third in this race 12 months ago; deserves a change of luck and should go well.
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7th

19

(13)

16th Oct 2021

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:30 Ascot

Shelir

9st 2lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

Made all for comfortable success in big field at York (1m, soft) last week, taking well to first-time cheekpieces and belatedly gaining first win of 2021; possibilities under a 6lb penalty in the retained headgear.

25/1

1st

4

(4)

8th Oct 2021

Soft

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

14:15 York

Shelir

9st 6lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

Having been runner-up on five of his ten starts this season he isn't getting much help from the handicapper, and this is a hot contest in which to try and end his losing sequence; however, he was third of 20 in this race last year (soft) and perhaps first-time cheekpieces will eke out something extra.

16/1

9th

5

(5)

18th Sep 2021

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Ayr

Shelir

9st 9lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

Runner-up five times this year, including twice over C&D and when beaten a neck in a blanket finish at Pontefract two weeks ago; also finished third in this race 12 months ago; deserves a change of luck and should go well.

11/2

11/1

Form: 517314 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 8st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict
Well served by front-running tactics, making all over 1m at York in July and Ripon in August (both on good ground); a big rise in class seemed to find him out behind Garden Oasis back at Ripon last time; more needed.
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9th

3

(5)

29th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 33y

Class 3

15:15 Musselburgh

Challet

9st 5lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Michael Dods

took keen hold, held up in rear, headway on outer 3f out, pushed along and went third 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out (trainer's rep could offer no explanation for the gelding's poor performance; vet reported that a post-race examination failed to reveal any abnormalities)

7/2

3rd

7

(5)

11th Jun 2022

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:35 York

Challet

9st 1lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

led, went clear over 3f out, ridden 2f out, much reduced lead 1f out, headed inside final furlong, weakened final 110yds

5/1

3rd

1

(6)

13th May 2022

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

16:45 York

Challet

10st 1lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Michael Dods

Has won two of his three starts here, the latest in September (good) when dominating throughout; gave it a good go over 1m at Ripon (soft) a month ago but a 3lb rise sees him on a career-high mark, which asks a question of him in this deep a race.

10/1

OUR TIP

Form: 331620 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 9st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
7f Haydock winner in July, but he finished down the field behind Cruyff Turn at York last time; all four of his British turf successes have come on soft ground, and he may need plenty of rain to have any sort of chance.
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2nd

3

(4)

11th Jun 2022

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:35 York

Young Fire

10st 0lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

in rear, pushed along and headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on final furlong, went second inside final 110yds

16/1

8th

8

(9)

26th Dec 2021

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 2

15:35 Wolverhampton (AW)

Young Fire

8st 10lb

J: David Probert

T: David O’Meara

Now 4lb lower than when winning at Haydock (7f, soft) in July but is always reliant on a strong pace; didn't get that when fifth at Newcastle (7f) last time (Abolish third); not sure this will pan out ideally either.

20/1

5th

5

(5)

3rd Dec 2021

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 2

18:15 Newcastle (AW)

Young Fire

8st 12lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

Haydock winner in July and he often ran well in defeat afterwards, including chasing home Boosala in an 18-runner handicap at Doncaster four weeks ago (7f, soft); not in the same form on AW last time; another for whom a fast pace would be a benefit.

6/1

Form: 9-4430

Last run: 2 days

W: 8st 3lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict
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.
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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

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Straight Forecast £885.00
Tricast £9076.70
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Selections

RP Ratings:

Dance Fever

Telegraph:

Cruyff Turn

NEWMARKET:

Revich

SPOTLIGHT:

Hong Kong Harry

The Times:

Jump The Gun

TOPSPEED:

Fame And Acclaim

Daily Mirror:

Shelir

POSTDATA:

Marie's Diamond

The Sun:

Garden Oasis

The Star:

Cruyff Turn

Daily Record:

Cruyff Turn

LAMBOURN:

Dance Fever

The Guardian:

Dance Fever

Daily Mail:

Dance Fever

Daily Express:

Revich