September 28 / 12.35 Ayr

12.35 Ayr

Good To Soft

Virgin Bet Fives Handicap

  • Prize money: £4346.99
  • 0m 6f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 14 runners
  • Win time: 1m 12s
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Virgin Bet Fives Handicap

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

1st
5 (12)
Big Les

9/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.90
  • Place: £2.50

Form: -33977 CD

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict
Placed twice at Doncaster in June; not in the same form since but would be interesting if the ground is on the slow side; defied a 4lb higher mark on soft going here (beat John Kirkup) last season.
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2nd

6

(1)

7th Oct 2021

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

14:15 Ayr

Big Les

9st 7lb

J: Jack Garritty

T: Julie Camacho

Won over C&D (soft) last July and was back here for the first time since, and on slow ground for the first time this season, when scoring over C&D (good to soft) last Tuesday; did it cosily ahead of a few of these and could be tough to beat under a 5lb penalty if in the same form today.

11/4

1st

5

(12)

28th Sep 2021

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

12:35 Ayr

Big Les

9st 11lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Julie Camacho

Placed twice at Doncaster in June; not in the same form since but would be interesting if the ground is on the slow side; defied a 4lb higher mark on soft going here (beat John Kirkup) last season.

9/1

OUR TIP

7/2

  • Place: £1.30

Form: 216034 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 10st 1lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict
Won heavy-ground maiden at Catterick in May; made the frame in Class 2 sprint handicaps at York (good/good to firm) the last twice; greatly respected off 1lb lower back down in grade.
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2nd

1

(11)

30th Jun 2022

Good

0m 5f 3y

19:30 Bellewstown

Blind Beggar

10st 0lb

J: Jack Kearney

T: G M Lyons

held up in midfield, ridden and headway towards near side over 1f out, ran on well and went second final strides, no match for winner

7/1

16th

15

(6)

26th Jun 2022

Good

0m 5f 0y

15:10 Curragh

Blind Beggar

8st 7lb

J: Sean Davis

T: G M Lyons

midfield, prominent 2f out, pushed along and weakened from over 1f out, dropped to rear inside final furlong

10/1

3rd

5

(2)

10th Jun 2022

Good

0m 6f 0y

17:55 Fairyhouse

Blind Beggar

9st 6lb

J: Colin Keane

T: G M Lyons

tracked winner on inner, disputed lead and going easily over 2f out, ridden from over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, lost second final 110yds

3/1

11/1

  • Place: £3.50

Form: 534750 D

Last run: 11 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict
Creditable fifth in the Great St Wilfrid consolation race, then midfield in the Bronze Cup here; has a poor strike-rate but may benefit from this drop back in class off a reduced mark.
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7th

4

(2)

27th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

16:45 Pontefract

True Mason

10st 1lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Declan Carroll

midfield up the centre, pushed along halfway, never on terms (trainer could offer no explanation for the poor form shown)

100/30

7th

10

(17)

4th Jun 2022

Good

0m 6f 2y

Class 6

13:21 Doncaster

True Mason

9st 6lb

J: Harrison Shaw

T: Declan Carroll

towards rear of midfield, going okay but still plenty to do under 3f out, soon pushed along but not clear run, switched right and ridden from over 1f out, soon good headway, nearest finish

7/1

4th

4

(5)

3rd May 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 5

18:40 Wetherby

True Mason

9st 4lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Phillip Makin

Sole win was June 2018 and he's had 37 starts in total; had a 16lb higher mark this time last year and significant ability remains but it's hard to make him the percentage call; cheekpieces (last worn on reappearance five starts ago) return.

20/1

14/1

Form: 9-9564 D

Last run: 8 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 67

Form & Verdict
Defied a 4lb higher mark (in lower grade) at Redcar in August 2020; signs of a return to form at Hamilton (6f, soft) last week; bit to prove at this level but looks nicely weighted.
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10th

6

(4)

24th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

0m 6f 2y

Class 5

13:00 Doncaster

After John

9st 2lb

J: Jamie Gormley

T: Iain Jardine

held up in midfield on outer, pushed along over 2f out, soon outpaced, weakened inside final furlong, dropped to last inside final 110yds

10/1

9th

12

(2)

16th May 2022

Good To Firm

0m 5f 182y

Class 4

14:30 Carlisle

After John

8st 12lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Iain Jardine

2nd

13

(5)

30th Apr 2022

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

13:30 Thirsk

After John

8st 8lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Iain Jardine

Form: 972160 CD

Last run: 11 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict
Suited by ground softer than good; justified favouritism in this race two years ago; narrow winner off this mark here in July; tough task in the Bronze Cup 11 days ago; enters calculations back down in class.
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8th

10

(10)

18th Jun 2022

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 4

13:14 Ayr

John Kirkup

9st 7lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: David Thompson

took keen hold, prominent on outer, led but pestered after 1f, pushed along and headed 2f out, weakened gradually from over 1f out

5/1

3rd

8

(8)

11th Jun 2022

Good

0m 6f 17y

Class 4

16:30 Chester

John Kirkup

9st 1lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: David Thompson

taken down early, hampered start, took keen hold, towards rear, headway on inner over 2f out, hung left over 1f out, switched right and ridden inside final furlong, kept on well and went third final strides, no match for first two

10/1

6/1

Form: 431162 C

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 72

Form & Verdict
Largely in good form over 5f of late, including two wins this month; close second at the Western meeting here (good to firm) 12 days ago, keeping on; likely player if proving as effective back at 6f.
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4th

3

(2)

3rd Jul 2022

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 6

13:42 Ayr

Sound Of Iona

10st 12lb

J: Mr Oscar Palmer

T: Jim Goldie

dwelt start, soon prominent, ridden and outpaced when lost third over 1f out, soon no extra

4/1

7th

6

(3)

27th Jun 2022

Good

0m 5f 1y

Class 5

19:30 Musselburgh

Sound Of Iona

9st 2lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Jim Goldie

taken down early, edged left soon after start, never better than mid-division, ridden 2f out, soon lost position, dropped to last and weakened final furlong

4/1

5th

3

(3)

17th Jun 2022

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

17:47 Ayr

Sound Of Iona

9st 0lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

took keen hold, prominent, went second and pressed leader over 4f out, led narrowly halfway, ridden and lost two places when headed 2f out, lost two places and weakened from 1f out

7/1

Form: 043468 CD

Last run: 11 days

W: 9st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict
Has a better strike-rate on AW than on grass; however, he's currently well handicapped and wasn't beaten far in the Bronze Cup here 11 days ago; runner-up in this contest last year; one to consider.
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8th

4

(1)

8th Jun 2022

Good

0m 6f 6y

Class 4

20:20 Hamilton

Chookie Dunedin

9st 5lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Keith Dalgleish

always towards rear, never going well

4/1

1st

1

(10)

18th May 2022

Good To Soft

0m 7f 50y

Class 5

15:55 Ayr

Chookie Dunedin

9st 11lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Keith Dalgleish

2nd

3

(3)

9th May 2022

Good To Firm

0m 7f 6y

Class 5

13:30 Catterick

Chookie Dunedin

9st 11lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Keith Dalgleish

20/1

Form: 12-570 D

Last run: 122 days

W: 10st 1lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict
Debut scorer at Doncaster (6f, soft) last November; has regressed and failed to beat a rival when last seen; needs to turn things around in a major way.
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8th

11

(3)

25th Jun 2022

Standard To Slow

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

13:50 Newcastle (AW)

Tipperary Tiger

9st 2lb

J: Sam Feilden

T: K R Burke

midfield, bumped and dropped to rear soon after start, recovered into midfield halfway, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong

15/2

1st

1

(6)

8th Jun 2022

Good

0m 6f 6y

Class 4

20:20 Hamilton

Tipperary Tiger

9st 9lb

J: Sam Feilden

T: K R Burke

tracked leader, pushed along and made challenge over 1f out, ridden and led inside final furlong, kept on well

10/1

6th

10

(10)

2nd Jun 2022

Good

0m 6f 6y

Class 2

14:36 Hamilton

Tipperary Tiger

8st 11lb

J: P J McDonald

T: K R Burke

prominent, ridden over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong

11/1

9th
14 (7)
Rory

10/1

Form: 813219 C BF

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 69

Form & Verdict
Raced mainly at 5f; won at this course in July and Musselburgh in August; below-par favourite at the Western meeting but this 3yo may still have more to offer; gives impression he's worth another go at 6f; not dismissed.
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4th

5

(5)

29th Jun 2022

Good

0m 5f 1y

Class 4

16:20 Musselburgh

Rory

8st 12lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Jim Goldie

slowly away, raced in last, soon outpaced, pushed along and headway over 1f out, ridden and kept on well final 110yds

4/1

2nd

5

(7)

27th Jun 2022

Good

0m 5f 1y

Class 5

19:30 Musselburgh

Rory

9st 6lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

midfield, ridden 2f out, headway over 1f out, went second and kept on inside final furlong, no match for winner

14/1

Form: 321-06

Last run: 46 days

W: 9st 7lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 74

Form & Verdict
Steady progress in 7f novice events last autumn, winning on soft ground the final time; just two runs this season and the latest effort was better than his spring reappearance; gives impression he's worth another crack at sprinting; could go well.
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14th

7

(12)

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

14:05 Thirsk

Le Cheval Rapide

9st 3lb

J: Harrison Shaw

T: Declan Carroll

Improved with each of his three 2yo runs, getting off the mark in a 7f novice at Redcar (soft) on third outing; struggled in three handicaps last season but he's down in the weights as a result and a wind operation may help matters; still low mileage and could bounce back.

14/1

10th

9

(4)

28th Sep 2021

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

12:35 Ayr

Le Cheval Rapide

9st 7lb

J: Harrison Shaw

T: Declan Carroll

Steady progress in 7f novice events last autumn, winning on soft ground the final time; just two runs this season and the latest effort was better than his spring reappearance; gives impression he's worth another crack at sprinting; could go well.

12/1

16/1

Form: 132370 D

Last run: 129 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict
Record of 4-10 on AW compared to just 1-15 on grass (soft-ground win); failed to beat a rival when last seen; opposed unless the market signals are positive.
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8th

1

(2)

28th Dec 2021

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 14y

Class 5

18:20 Newcastle (AW)

Lord Oberon

9st 13lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: K R Burke

Wins have come on Fibresand (four) and soft turf (one) and he boasts an ordinary record round here; this is a bit easier than he's used to, down another 2lb to a career-low mark, but he'll need to step up on recent efforts.

6/1

6th

2

(6)

11th Dec 2021

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 5

16:30 Newcastle (AW)

Lord Oberon

9st 5lb

J: Pierre-Louis Jamin

T: K R Burke

His wins have come on Fibresand (four) and soft turf (once); well treated on his third over C&D in April but he's not matched that form since and was well held behind Spartan Fighter here (6f) last week; others preferred.

12/1

5th

1

(1)

3rd Dec 2021

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

16:45 Newcastle (AW)

Lord Oberon

9st 7lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: K R Burke

Wins have come on Fibresand (four) and soft turf (once); ran well off a higher mark here in the spring and the switch from turf could help at this lower level but it needs to now back from six weeks off.

16/1

12th
11 (3)
Pivoting

16/1

Form: 620965 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 6lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict
Soft-ground novice winner last October; far from consistent in handicaps this year, best effort when second at Chester in May; well treated on that form but he's not a reliable proposition.
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11th

11

(4)

2nd Jul 2022

Good To Firm

0m 5f 182y

Class 5

17:50 Carlisle

Pivoting

9st 1lb

J: Amie Waugh

T: Tim Easterby

reared start, took keen hold, in touch with leaders, pushed along over 2f out, soon ridden, lost touch from over 1f out

33/1

4th

7

(11)

27th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

16:45 Pontefract

Pivoting

9st 8lb

J: Tony Hamilton

T: Tim Easterby

chased leaders against near rail, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong

20/1

10th

6

(2)

2nd Jun 2022

Good

0m 6f 6y

Class 5

16:20 Hamilton

Pivoting

9st 3lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Tim Easterby

steadied start, held up in rear, pushed along halfway, ridden and headway over 1f out, weakened final furlong

12/1

20/1

Form: 22-858

Last run: 59 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 70

Form & Verdict
Maiden; runner-up on soft/heavy last October; not in anything like the same form this term; had wind surgery since last run and it needs to have had a major effect.
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11th

9

(6)

18th Oct 2021

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

15:40 Pontefract

Copper Queen

9st 4lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Kevin Ryan

Well handicapped on her 2yo promise but has struggled on her four starts this year and hopes are pinned on blinkers prompting a major revival.

12/1

13th

12

(6)

28th Sep 2021

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

12:35 Ayr

Copper Queen

9st 3lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Kevin Ryan

Maiden; runner-up on soft/heavy last October; not in anything like the same form this term; had wind surgery since last run and it needs to have had a major effect.

20/1

Form: 603-70 D

Last run: 117 days

W: 9st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict
On a handy mark; however, he's without a win since 2019 and is not a solid proposition judged on his two efforts this term; best watched unless the betting speaks favourably.
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14th

8

(1)

28th Sep 2021

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

12:35 Ayr

Quick Look

9st 7lb

J: Joanna Mason

T: Michael & David Easterby

On a handy mark; however, he's without a win since 2019 and is not a solid proposition judged on his two efforts this term; best watched unless the betting speaks favourably.

16/1

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Payout
Exacta £282.00
Straight Forecast £221.20
Tricast £1873.50
Trifecta £1897.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Blind Beggar

TOPSPEED:

Chookie Dunedin

Telegraph:

Sound Of Iona

The Star:

True Mason

RP Ratings:

Big Les

Daily Mirror:

John Kirkup

THE NORTH:

Quick Look

The Guardian:

Blind Beggar

Daily Mail:

Blind Beggar

The Sun:

Blind Beggar

Daily Record:

Blind Beggar

POSTDATA:

Chookie Dunedin

The Times:

Chookie Dunedin

Daily Express:

Chookie Dunedin