July 18 / 13.50 Ayr

13.50 Ayr

Good

Ayr Sunday Market At Ayr Racecourse Apprentice Handicap

  • Prize money: £3726
  • 1m 5f 26y
  • Class 5
  • 6 runners
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Ayr Sunday Market At Ayr Racecourse Apprentice Handicap

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

OUR TIP

Form: 336-10

Last run: 57 days

W: 9st 11lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict
Up to 2m from 1m5f when off the mark in a good scrap for handicap at Doncaster (good to firm) in April on reappearance; 20-1, helped to set the pace when tailed off at York (2m, good) month later; has a bit to prove over this shorter trip but this is a much less competitive race than last time and, after just six races in total, he needs a close look.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

15th

14

(15)

22nd May 2022

Good

2m 0f 56y

Class 4

18:05 York

Tendentious

8st 12lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

9/1

1st

5

(4)

22nd Apr 2022

Good

2m 0f 109y

Class 5

16:30 Doncaster

Tendentious

9st 3lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

Form: 00-630

Last run: 9 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 69

Form & Verdict
0-7 up to 1m2f in Ireland for Joseph O'Brien, mostly fair form; third of five at Ripon (2m) in June was not at that level but it's easily his best show from three starts for new connections; it's possible that 1m5f (down from 2m) will help and he's 7lb lower than on reappearance.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

12th

6

(8)

9th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

2m 0f 56y

Class 4

14:55 York

Witham River

9st 1lb

J: Harry Davies

T: Grant Tuer

midfield, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out

10/1

Form: 313512

Last run: 4 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 67

Form & Verdict
Solid record this term at 1m2f-1m4f for new yard, including two wins (Musselburgh and Carlisle); runner-up at Hamilton four days ago; should stay 1m5f (had one attempt last year) and needs plenty of respect.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

1

(3)

29th Jul 2022

Good

1m 5f 0y

Class 6

18:10 Musselburgh

Graces Quest

11st 4lb

J: Mr Thomas Easterby

T: Jim Goldie

took keen hold, in rear, still plenty to do 4f out, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on strongly inside final furlong, went fourth inside final 110yds, not reach leaders

11/4

2nd

2

(1)

14th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 15y

Class 6

15:20 Hamilton

Graces Quest

9st 11lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

held up in behind leaders, outpaced and nudged along from over 3f out, went third over 2f out, ridden and went second over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no match for winner

2/1

Form: 51649-

Last run: 302 days

W: 8st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 55

Form & Verdict
Best Flat efforts have been on AW rather than turf but he now has a lower turf mark and has been in good form in recent months over hurdles (albeit not on Saturday); enters calculations.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

8

(1)

5th Aug 2022

Good

1m 4f 104y

Class 5

16:40 Musselburgh

Well Planted

8st 9lb

J: Jason Hart

T: R Mike Smith

ducked left start, never better than mid-division

11/2

9th

8

16th Jul 2022

Good

2m 1f 46y

Class 3

14:29 Cartmel

Well Planted

11st 4lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: R Mike Smith

never better than mid-division

6/1

Form: 115-76

Last run: 15 days

W: 8st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 54

Form & Verdict
Two wins (1m6f and 1m4f) on good ground last summer in cheekpieces; chance on that form and latest start was a step back in the right direction (over inadequate 1m2f) but the cheekpieces are removed.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

4

(2)

6th Aug 2022

Good To Firm

1m 5f 218y

Class 6

17:10 Redcar

Desert Quest

10st 0lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: Ewan Whillans

made all, ridden clear over 2f out, reduced lead inside final furlong, faced strong challenge towards finish, just held on

7/1

6th

2

(5)

3rd Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 2f 0y

Class 6

16:37 Ayr

Desert Quest

10st 0lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Ewan Whillans

in touch with leaders, headway and prominent after 4f, ridden and edged left over 2f out, weakened gradually from 1f out

14/1

Form: 774

Last run: 25 days

W: 8st 4lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 51

Form & Verdict
Fair 2m4f hurdles winner last term with tongue-tie and cheekpieces for Ian Williams; well beaten since in three Flat maidens (1m4f, 1m and 1m1f) for new trainer but she should be a lot more interesting on Flat handicap debut over this trip.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

6

(8)

2nd Aug 2022

Soft

1m 7f 189y

Class 6

15:15 Catterick

Starlyte

8st 12lb

J: Harry Russell

T: Linda Perratt

towards rear, headway from 5f out, pushed along from 4f out, switched to near side home straight, soon in touch with leaders, weakened inside final furlong

9/2

4th

3

(4)

23rd Jun 2022

Good

1m 1f 35y

Class 5

19:30 Hamilton

Starlyte

9st 11lb

J: Harry Russell

T: Linda Perratt

towards rear, dropped to last over 5f out, pushed along 4f out, ridden from 2f out, stayed on and went modest fourth final strides

100/1

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Betting Forcast

11/4 Tendentious, 5/1 Witham River, 2/1 Graces Quest, 5/1 Well Planted, 14/1 Desert Quest, 7/1 Starlyte

Verdict

Tendentious is the most lightly raced of these overall and he looked on the up when winning his penultimate start, albeit over 2m. He is second choice behind GRACES QUEST who has repeatedly run with credit in 2022 over slightly shorter trips than this and looks well worth another crack at 1m5f.[Richard Austen]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Graces Quest

TOPSPEED:

Witham River

The Star:

Desert Quest

RP Ratings:

Graces Quest

POSTDATA:

Graces Quest

The Times:

Graces Quest

Telegraph:

Graces Quest

The Guardian:

Graces Quest

Daily Express:

Graces Quest

Daily Mirror:

Graces Quest

Daily Record:

Graces Quest

Daily Mail:

Witham River

The Sun:

Witham River