August 04 / 20.32 Ayr

20.32 Ayr

Good

Absolut Maiden Handicap

  • Prize money: £3726
  • 1m 2f 0y
  • Class 5
  • 5 runners
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Absolut Maiden Handicap

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

4/1 (Won)

Form: 6-87

Last run: 52 days

W: 9st 8lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 67

Form & Verdict
Hasn't shown a great deal in three starts in maiden/novice company, but may prove a different proposition now handicapping for stable which sends him all the way from Newmarket.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

2

(1)

4th Aug 2022

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

20:32 Ayr

Commander Hector

9st 8lb

J: Ben Curtis

T: Chris Wall

in rear, soon pushed along, ridden and still plenty to do 2f out, went third over 1f out, good headway inside final furlong, ran on well towards finish, forced dead-heat final stride

4/1

7th

2

(5)

13th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

19:40 Windsor

Commander Hector

9st 3lb

J: Pat Cosgrave

T: Chris Wall

held up in rear, shaken up and edged left over 1f out, never near to challenge

33/1

8th

2

(12)

10th May 2022

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 5

19:00 Newcastle (AW)

Commander Hector

9st 7lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Chris Wall

OUR TIP

7/4 (Won)

Form: 233522

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 4lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 63

Form & Verdict
Went close over C&D two starts ago and at Doncaster last time was a creditable second behind a progressive sort who has won again since; climbing the weights despite not winning but her recent form stacks up well.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

5

(4)

4th Aug 2022

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

20:32 Ayr

Sophiesticate

9st 4lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

prominent, pushed along and pressed leader 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, kept on final furlong, reduced lead towards finish, joined final stride

7/4

2nd

5

(1)

21st Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 2f 43y

Class 5

20:25 Doncaster

Sophiesticate

8st 10lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Jim Goldie

in touch with leaders, pushed along 2f out, ridden over 1f out, went second inside final furlong, no match for winner

7/1

2nd

8

(8)

11th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

15:35 Ayr

Sophiesticate

8st 8lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Jim Goldie

midfield, pushed along and headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on final furlong, went second final strides

9/1

Form: 825652

Last run: 3 days

W: 9st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 62

Form & Verdict
Only his second start for this stable and fitted with first-time blinkers (retained here) when collared late on over C&D (good) on Monday; fair chance of getting off the mark at the 21st attempt if this doesn't come too soon.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

1

(5)

4th Aug 2022

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

20:32 Ayr

Russian Virtue

9st 11lb

J: Paddy Mathers

T: Rebecca Menzies

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

3/1

2nd

1

(6)

1st Aug 2022

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 6

13:48 Ayr

Russian Virtue

10st 2lb

J: Paddy Mathers

T: Rebecca Menzies

took keen hold, led, ridden and joined over 2f out, headed inside final 110yds, kept on

8/1

5th

3

(2)

14th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 15y

Class 6

15:20 Hamilton

Russian Virtue

9st 9lb

J: Ben Curtis

T: Rebecca Menzies

awkward start, held up in last, unbalanced and raced awkwardly over 4f out, soon pushed along and struggling, ridden from 2f out, made no telling impression

8/1

Form: 6045

Last run: 52 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 58

Form & Verdict
Handicap debut when racing freely and well held at Carlisle (1m3f, good to firm) in June; missed subsequent outing because of unsuitable ground (good to firm); too early to write off for stable enjoying a fruitful spell.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

3

(3)

4th Aug 2022

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

20:32 Ayr

Marcello Si

9st 7lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

towards rear, in touch with leaders halfway, ridden and weakened over 2f out

8/1

5th

3

(3)

13th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

1m 3f 39y

Class 6

16:15 Carlisle

Marcello Si

9st 7lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Michael Dods

raced freely, prominent, pushed along 3f out, weakened over 1f out

9/1

Form: -49434

Last run: 5 days

W: 9st 6lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 65

Form & Verdict
Running respectably without suggesting his turn is imminent, his latest fourth at Hamilton (1m, good) being an example; tries a longer trip but others preferred.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

4

(2)

4th Aug 2022

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

20:32 Ayr

Ninky Nonk

9st 6lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Keith Dalgleish

in touch with leaders, pushed along 3f out, soon ridden and weakened

4/1

4th

9

(2)

30th Jul 2022

Good

1m 0f 68y

Class 5

20:00 Hamilton

Ninky Nonk

8st 12lb

J: Tadhg O’Shea

T: Keith Dalgleish

in rear, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, lost third towards finish

12/1

3rd

1

(2)

15th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 0f 68y

Class 6

17:47 Hamilton

Ninky Nonk

10st 1lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Keith Dalgleish

held up in behind leaders, shaken up 3f out, pushed along and waiting for room over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on inside final furlong, not pace to challenge

7/1

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Selections

RP Ratings:

Sophiesticate

SPOTLIGHT:

Commander Hector

The Guardian:

Russian Virtue

Daily Mirror:

Ninky Nonk

POSTDATA:

Sophiesticate

The Times:

Sophiesticate

Daily Mail:

Sophiesticate

Daily Record:

Sophiesticate

Telegraph:

Commander Hector

The Sun:

Commander Hector

Daily Express:

Russian Virtue

The Star:

Russian Virtue