15:00 Ayr

Good To Soft

Virgin Bet Kilkerran Cup Handicap

  • Prize money: £15462
  • 1m 2f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 14 runners
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Virgin Bet Kilkerran Cup Handicap

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

14/1 (Won)

  • Win: £23.20
  • Place: £4.60

Form: 115-04 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Has to produce more than she's managed on her two runs this season but she was progressive last year and last month's 7l fourth of ten at York's Ebor meeting was a step in the right direction; could build on that here.

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1st

8

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:00 Wetherby

Yorkshire Lady

11st 0lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Michael & David Easterby

Not at her very best on the Flat during light 2023 campaign but still showed considerable ability and this five-time winner (7f-1m2f, various ground) is entitled to respect on today's hurdle debut.

11/4

6th

2

(5)

12th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 0f 13y

Class 3

19:00 Southwell (AW)

Yorkshire Lady

9st 8lb

J: Joanna Mason

T: Michael & David Easterby

led early, raced in second soon after start, lost second 3f out, outpaced and no impression from over 2f out

10/1

7th

8

(2)

9th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 0y

Class 2

19:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Yorkshire Lady

8st 13lb

J: Joanna Mason

T: Michael & David Easterby

Five turf wins to her name but she hasn't looked ahead of her mark in two York runs this season; returns from a five-month break in a warm race; others stronger.

20/1

20/1

  • Place: £4.30

Form: -62580 C

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Won a maiden here (1m, good to soft) last September and also showed promise in 1m4f handicaps earlier this season; may have needed the run at York (1m6f) last month on his first run since being gelded, but he was beaten before stamina should have been an issue and it's hard to be confident after that.

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7th

2

(3)

11th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 4f 98y

Class 2

15:45 Newcastle (AW)

Mr Alan

9st 11lb

J: Jason Hart

T: George Boughey

In top form having gone close at Newmarket last week and won at Nottingham the time before; respectable fifth in this race 12 months ago but could have done with this renewal staying at Doncaster; revels in the mud.

15/2

2nd

1

(8)

3rd Nov 2023

Soft

1m 4f 0y

Class 3

15:10 Newmarket

Mr Alan

10st 2lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: George Boughey

towards rear of midfield, headway towards near side over 2f out, led over 1f out, faced challenge inside final furlong, headed final strides

7/2

1st

2

(3)

18th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 50y

Class 3

15:45 Nottingham

Mr Alan

9st 13lb

J: William Buick

T: George Boughey

Ran respectably at Ayr last month on belated reappearance, while leaving the impression he'll prove sharper for the outing; won this race off just 2lb lower (on soft) last year and looks interesting back here.

9/2

20/1

  • Place: £10.70

Form: 542470 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Has dropped to a mark 5lb lower than when runner-up at Ripon (1m2f, good to firm) in May; also effective on soft ground; however, he's finished down the field on his last two starts and a revival is required.

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5th

7

(5)

8th Oct 2022

Good

1m 2f 56y

Class 3

17:00 York

Fishable

9st 7lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

in touch with leaders, ridden up the centre and carried head awkwardly 2f out, hung right over 1f out, outpaced inside final furlong

14/1

3rd

6

(12)

15th Sep 2022

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Ayr

Fishable

9st 5lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

prominent, pushed along to lead 2f out, ridden and headed 1f out, no extra final furlong

20/1

6/1

Form: 2-8473 CD

Last run: 11 days

W: 9st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Dual-purpose performer who returned from a break with a creditable third of 15 at York (1m2f, good) 11 days ago; runs off the same mark and will be fine if slow ground prevails; could be in the mix.

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13th

2

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 2

14:50 Musselburgh

First Impression

11st 5lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: John & Sean Quinn

Useful dual-purpose performer but he's on a tough mark over hurdles, now 8lb higher than for his last win (last February) after going up 3lb for a narrow defeat at Doncaster; should give his running but others are preferred for win purposes.

8/1

2nd

9

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 2

14:40 Doncaster

First Impression

10st 3lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: John Quinn

raced in second

16/1

0

2

(5)

28th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 5y

Class 3

15:55 Pontefract

First Impression

9st 7lb

J: Jason Hart

T: John Quinn

In top form at Chester since returning from a three-month break, posting a win (1m2f, soft) then a good second (1m2f, good to soft); also effective elsewhere and he can give another good account.

11/2

5th
5 (10)
Faylaq

10/1

Form: 456644

Last run: 8 days

W: 9st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Ran well when fourth of 15 at Hamilton (1m4f, soft) last month and had another good fourth at Doncaster (1m2f, good) last Wednesday, when hampered late on; every chance he'll be thereabouts once more.

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4th

10

(5)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 8y

Class 3

19:05 Thirsk

Faylaq

9st 2lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

took keen hold, held up in rear

14/1

Form: 470021 CD

Last run: 45 days

W: 10st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Beat just three rivals over C&D (good) last month when ending a long losing run, and he's up 5lb in this more competitive race; however, he remains well treated on his old form and his confidence may have been boosted; a possible if conditions suit (might not want slow ground nowadays).

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0

5

(8)

21st Sep 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Ayr

Whats The Story

9st 6lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

Multiple winner for Keith Dalgleish and was rated higher in his prime; has form figures of 2234 for new stable and again has frame possibilities; scored over C&D in 2022.

7/1

4th

5

(3)

7th Sep 2023

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 3

19:15 Wolverhampton (AW)

Whats The Story

9st 6lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Richard Fahey

Won at Carlisle (1m, good to firm) in May for the now-retired Keith Dalgleish and has form figures of 223 for his current yard; this return to Tapeta is no problem and he has each-way claims again.

4/1

3rd

7

(11)

20th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

17:45 Sandown

Whats The Story

9st 6lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Richard Fahey

Won at Carlisle (1m, good to firm) in May for the now-retired Keith Dalgleish and he's been a good second on his first two starts for this yard (1m, good to soft/soft); there's every chance he'll be in the mix.

15/2

3/1

Form: 1-442

Last run: 18 days

W: 9st 4lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Won sole 2yo start (7f, good) and, after tackling 1m on his first two runs this year, he improved when upped to 1m2f on last month's handicap debut at Goodwood (good to soft), finishing second of five; that was after a 100-day break and this well-bred 3yo could have more to offer for his top yard.

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2nd

2

(7)

27th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 53y

Class 2

14:05 Leicester

Al Mubhir

9st 11lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: William Haggas

Comfortable winner of this race on soft ground last year; mostly respectable efforts in defeat later in 2023; gelded ahead of reappearance; should go well with ground conditions to suit.

9/4

Form: -03239 C

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Goes beyond 8.5f for the first time at the age of six; however, he's consistent and performances such as his strong-finishing third in the Golden Mile at Goodwood suggest this new trip is well worth a go; won over 1m at this meeting last year; effective on good to soft and faster; on the shortlist.

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12th

4

(7)

10th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 127y

Class 2

13:30 Chester

Revich

9st 11lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Richard Spencer

Has form figures of 431 in this race, winning readily off 3lb lower 12 months ago; has posted a couple of duck eggs this season but a revival looks highly possible returned to Chester; not ruled out.

10/1

15th

7

(13)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Newbury

Revich

9st 2lb

J: Sean D Bowen

T: Richard Spencer

Useful handicapper down the years and has made the frame twice in this contest (2021 and 2023); however, looks far from sure to uphold that record, having suffered a heavy defeat in the Lincoln on reappearance.

40/1

8

(21)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Doncaster

Revich

9st 0lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Richard Spencer

8yo who was better than ever last year with wins at Chester (7.5f, soft) and Ayr (1m, good to soft); however, he's come up short in the last three runnings of this race (making reappearance each time) and others are preferred.

33/1

9th
13 (3)
Tilsitt

20/1

Form: 143136 CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

He was winning here for the third time when scoring over C&D (good) in July and his good form has continued at Hamilton the next twice, finishing third over 1m1f (soft) before failing to see out 1m4f most recently; he's one to consider now back down in trip and back at Ayr.

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8th

6

(5)

28th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 5

15:30 Newcastle (AW)

Tilsitt

9st 5lb

J: Andrew Breslin

T: R Mike Smith

held up in rear

25/1

9th

7

(2)

3rd Nov 2023

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 4

13:55 Newcastle (AW)

Tilsitt

9st 3lb

J: P J McDonald

T: R Mike Smith

took keen hold, towards rear of midfield, no telling impression

10/1

OUR TIP

Form: 360037 CD

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Has struggled to get competitive in handicaps this summer and arrives with something to prove, including if the ground is on the slow side of good; however, he's dropped back down the weights and the return to Ayr could be a big plus, as he bolted up in this race last year on his sole course visit.

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0

2

(1)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 0f 37y

Class 1

13:50 Haydock

Chichester

9st 5lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Developed into a smart performer on AW at the start of this year and showed he's equally as good on turf when bagging a 1m Listed event at York (good to firm) in June on final outing for the now-retired Keith Dalgleish; better effort for this yard (but still below his best) when a never-dangerous fourth of five in 1m1f York Group 3 a fortnight ago; more needed.

20/1

4th

1

(4)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 177y

Class 1

13:50 York

Chichester

9st 7lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Developed into a smart performer on AW at the start of this year and showed he's equally as good on turf when bagging a 1m Listed event here (good to firm) in June on final outing for the now-retired Keith Dalgleish; disappointing last of five in a Salisbury Listed race (1m, good) on his recent first outing for this yard; even a return to his best is unlikely to be enough.

25/1

5th

2

(6)

17th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

16:10 Salisbury

Chichester

9st 5lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Charlie Johnston

Developed into a smart performer on AW at the start of this year and backed up that form when winning a five-runner Listed race at York (1m, good to firm) two months ago on final outing for the now-retired Keith Dalgleish; player on that.

5/1

11th
11 (14)
Cockalorum

12/1

Form: 498784 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Hasn't been at his best this year and his losing run is now up to 14; however, having dropped down the weights he was an encouraging fourth at Windsor a fortnight ago and it's possible he'll build on that.

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5th

9

(9)

12th May 2024

Standard

1m 4f 98y

Class 3

18:00 Newcastle (AW)

Cockalorum

9st 3lb

J: Harry Russell

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

prominent behind clear leaders

20/1

6th

2

(6)

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 1f 170y

Class 4

15:42 Ripon

Cockalorum

9st 9lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

prominent

8/1

16/1

Form: 037127 C

Last run: 4 days

W: 9st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Course winner who posted a success (1m6f, good) and a near-miss (1m4f, soft) from last month's two starts; his trainer's horses are renowned for being versatile trip-wise but this 10yo has never won over shorter than 1m4f and he needs to bounce back from a below-par run at Doncaster on Sunday.

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9th

13

(6)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

13:53 Newcastle (AW)

Sir Chauvelin

8st 2lb

J: Amie Waugh

T: Jim Goldie

Similar profile to Rainbow Dreamer, being a veteran who has won multiple races down the years but has a question mark over current form having posted duck eggs in 2024; unlikely to add to his tally.

66/1

13th
12 (11)
Society Red

20/1

Form: 581540 D

Last run: 47 days

W: 9st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Won a four-runner handicap at Ripon in June but his form has been patchy across his next three starts and others have more compelling claims.

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8th

7

(8)

1st Jun 2023

Good

1m 1f 170y

Class 3

16:20 Ripon

Society Red

8st 11lb

J: Paul Hanagan

T: Richard Fahey

Has worn these cheekpieces the last twice; inconsistent 9yo who was disappointing at Ayr (1m2f, good) last time but prior to that he was a good second over this C&D (soft) and he's capable bouncing back from a poor run; has won over C&D and is versatile ground-wise; not written off.

25/1

9th

4

(3)

8th May 2023

Good To Firm

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

14:55 Ayr

Society Red

9st 8lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

Got back on track in first-time cheekpieces when second of eight in 1m2f Ripon handicap 18 days ago; he needs considering nudged up 1lb with the headgear retained.

6/1

2nd

7

(9)

20th Apr 2023

Soft

1m 1f 170y

Class 4

16:30 Ripon

Society Red

9st 3lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

in touch with leaders on outer

16/1

Form: 024041

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Having dropped down the weights he ended a 15-race losing sequence at Haydock (11.6f, good to firm) recently; it remains to be seen whether this inconsistent sort will run well again, but the drop back in trip should be fine and he remains feasibly treated back up 4lb; has won on good to soft.

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8th

1

9th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 3

16:50 Plumpton

Love Is Golden

12st 0lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Quite useful on Flat up to 1m4f for the Johnstons; may well turn out to be better in this sphere, having twice won easily in 2m novice races at Newbury either side of a close third at Doncaster; 4-11 when he won by a street last time; tries an extra half mile but respected as a good prospect.

7/4

1st

1

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 4

15:15 Newbury

Love Is Golden

11st 7lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Quite a useful Flat performer at up to 1m4f for Mark and Charlie Johnston; beat a dual previous winner with a nice bit in hand on his hurdling debut here (good; under Niall Houlihan) and looked as though he would follow up at Doncaster before running out of puff late on; sets the standard.

4/7

3rd

1

22nd Feb 2023

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

15:35 Doncaster

Love Is Golden

11st 9lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, pressed leader going easily 2 out (usual 3 out), led after last (usual 2 out), ridden omitted last, headed final 110yds, lost second towards finish

8/11

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Straight Forecast £2194.80
Tricast £69258.60
Trifecta £40065.00

Selections

NEWMARKET:

Al Mubhir

SPOTLIGHT:

Revich

TOPSPEED:

Love Is Golden

POSTDATA:

First Impression

RP Ratings:

Cockalorum

The Times:

Al Mubhir

Telegraph:

Al Mubhir

The Guardian:

Al Mubhir

Daily Express:

Al Mubhir

Daily Mirror:

Al Mubhir

The Sun:

Al Mubhir

The Star:

Al Mubhir

Daily Record:

Al Mubhir

Daily Mail:

Revich