13:20 Ayr

Good

Virgin Bet Handicap

  • Prize money: £15462
  • 1m 0f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 14 runners
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Runners: 14 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

1st
8 (13)
Gweedore

12/1 (Won)

  • Win: £14.00
  • Place: £3.90

Form: 221072 CD

Last run: 31 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Raced mainly on good/softer; his C&D defeat of Orbaan in July reads well and he bounced back from a couple of lesser efforts when second at Musselburgh (7f) a month ago; draw could have been kinder.

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9th

3

(6)

27th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 212y

Class 2

14:45 Haydock

Gweedore

9st 5lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Katie Scott

prominent

11/2

4th

1

(6)

11th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Newcastle (AW)

Gweedore

9st 9lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Katie Scott

Tough handicapper who ran a fine race when third in the Ayr Gold Cup on his first crack at 6f; third, beaten over 3l, off this mark at York four weeks ago (6f, soft) but that only tells half the story as he trounced the other runners on the stands' side and was also comfortably best of those to race up with the pace; still capable of better at this trip and he's a much better horse now than when last seen on AW (when he appeared to handle Tapeta well enough); deserves a good prize.

6/1

8/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 470021 C

Last run: 47 days

W: 9st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Ended a losing run over 1m2f here last month but it was a small-field race and a 5lb rise proved enough to stop him back here (1m2f again) on Thursday; still as effective at 1m but others look better treated.

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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

12/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: -03239 CD

Last run: 30 days

W: 9st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Won this off 3lb lower 12 months ago; hasn't added to his tally this season but his three placed efforts in competitive handicaps (all around 1m) are as good as anything he's ever produced; travelled like one who is still in good form when stepped up to 1m2f for the first time here on Thursday; player if he's over those exertions.

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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

OUR TIP

7/1

Form: -19322 CD

Last run: 42 days

W: 9st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Boasts an excellent 7-10 course record and arrives on the back of three successive creditable placed efforts, the latest at Ascot (1m, good to firm) six weeks ago; can be expected to give another good account.

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4th

9

(6)

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 218y

Class 2

14:40 Thirsk

Redarna

8st 13lb

J: Joanna Mason

T: Dianne Sayer

Won this on his 2022 reappearance; this veteran might not be quite the force of old but his mark reflects that and his reappearance fifth of 11 at Musselburgh (7f, good to soft) wasn't without promise.

16/1

5th

6

(8)

21st Apr 2024

Good

0m 7f 15y

Class 3

18:15 Musselburgh

Redarna

9st 5lb

J: Phil Dennis

T: Dianne Sayer

Veteran who's done most winning in the summer/autumn; resumes 3lb above his last successful mark, has his favourite tracks elsewhere (only run here once) and is entitled to need this after such a break at his age.

20/1

14/1

Form: 180376 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 1lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Ready winner in the mud at Ripon (1m) on his reappearance in April but he's come close to matching that only once in his five outings since; others are more obvious.

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4th

6

(6)

17th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 177y

Class 4

16:50 York

Blenheim Boy

9st 8lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

Easy winner of a soft-ground Ripon handicap on 2022 reappearance but hasn't built on it since and he was found to have bled from the nose when tailed off on his seasonal return at the same venue seven weeks ago.

10/1

13th

5

(13)

29th Apr 2023

Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

17:15 Ripon

Blenheim Boy

9st 3lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

Easy winner of a soft-ground C&D handicap on last season's reappearance; couldn't build on it subsequently but he starts this campaign off a more manageable mark; gelded since last seen; there are reasons to be positive but stall 13 isn't one of them.

8/1

8th

9

(14)

14th Oct 2022

Heavy

0m 7f 212y

Class 3

16:00 Haydock

Blenheim Boy

9st 6lb

J: Jack Garritty

T: Richard Fahey

prominent, ridden and weakened over 1f out

8/1

16/1

Form: 113065

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Back-to-back 7f winner at Redcar and York (on good to soft and good) in the spring; last two runs were respectable and he's fine at 1m but remains 4lb above the mark he scored from at York.

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6th

9

(10)

17th Sep 2022

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

13:20 Ayr

Il Bandito

9st 6lb

J: P J McDonald

T: James Horton

mounted in chute, taken down early, took keen hold, went second over 6f out, joined leader over 2f out, going easily over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, lost position inside final furlong, no extra inside final 110yds

16/1

5th

5

(1)

26th Aug 2022

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:30 Thirsk

Il Bandito

9st 7lb

J: P J McDonald

T: James Horton

prominent, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra final 110yds

14/1

6th

2

(6)

30th Jul 2022

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 3

16:55 Thirsk

Il Bandito

10st 1lb

J: P J McDonald

T: James Horton

took keen hold, prominent, switched right and raced near side home straight, went second over 3f out, ridden and lost second over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 7 in group

5/1

Form: 930239

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Dual 7f winner on fast ground and largely consistent in defeat this season; well beaten on sole attempt at 1m but it was in the 2,000 Guineas.

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6th

7

(10)

3rd May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Newmarket

Persuasion

8st 11lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: David & Nicola Barron

Respectable third in this race 12 months ago but isn't certain to repeat that effort; 2lb higher this time and was always behind in similar event over C&D at the Craven meeting on reappearance.

25/1

Form: 841257

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Won narrowly at Musselburgh (7f, good) in June and placed at the Galway festival in July for the fourth year in succession; his last two efforts have been no more than respectable, though.

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No Results Found

14/1

Form: 5-1750

Last run: 106 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

In good form over this trip on turf in the spring; absent since a lesser run at the Epsom Derby meeting in June but he can go well fresh; no surprise were he to play a prominent role.

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No Results Found

16/1

Form: 440055

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Had some strong 2yo form but his only win came at 2-13 in a small-field maiden at Pontefract (6f, good to firm) in September; struggling this year and there was not enough in his latest fifth of seven at Ripon (1m) to be positive about his prospects here.

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1st

7

(8)

12th May 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 3

18:30 Newcastle (AW)

Eldrickjones

9st 3lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

dwelt start, soon in touch with leaders in centre of group, outpaced and pushed along over 2f out, rallied and went third over 1f out, kept on well to lead against near rail inside final furlong, won going away

9/2

2nd

2

(3)

28th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 4

17:25 Southwell (AW)

Eldrickjones

9st 9lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

All six AW starts have come at Newcastle, winning twice (7f/1m) in the autumn; 6lb higher than when last successful, but interesting under Oisin Murphy if ready to go after five months off.

6/1

11/2

Form: -20602

Last run: 9 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Positive start for this yard when second over 1m at Musselburgh in the spring and recaptured that form when going down by only a head at Doncaster (7f, good to soft) nine days ago; needs to show he can string good efforts together now but has claims if he can.

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16th

4

(11)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Doncaster

Dirtyoldtown

9st 10lb

J: Rhys Clutterbuck

T: Dylan Cunha

Inconsistent sort; however, scored comfortably at Newmarket (7f, heavy; third run for new yard) on last appearance and has possibilities provided that form is backed up; had an excuse (raced in unfavoured group) in this contest last year; now 6lb lower.

9/1

Form: 142130 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Tough handicapper who has already raced 22 times this year, winning five; however, his run of good form came to a halt when always towards the rear on Kempton's AW a fortnight ago.

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2nd

12

(1)

4th May 2024

Good

1m 1f 0y

Class 2

14:20 Newmarket

Dutch Decoy

8st 12lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

Fifth in this race last year and sixth in the C&D Cambridgeshire last September; well beaten in the Lincoln at Doncaster on reappearance but never better than when second of 17 to Hafeet Alaain here (1m, good) 18 days ago, having to wait for space over 1f out before running on well to be beaten a nose; has the same mark today (due to go up by only 1lb, as it was a blanket finish) and is firmly in the mix.

7/1

33/1

Form: 7695-6

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Had some quite useful form as a juvenile but not seen again until finishing last of six at Haydock (6f) 15 days ago; has plenty to prove now stepping up in trip.

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8th

5

(1)

18th Mar 2023

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 5

20:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Misty Ayr

9st 8lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Keith Dalgleish

Arrives in good nick, not enjoying the clearest of passages when third of seven in 7f handicap here 12 days ago; she's a player back up to 1m off a 1lb lower mark.

7/1

3rd

1

(1)

6th Mar 2023

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 5

20:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Misty Ayr

10st 2lb

J: Sam James

T: Keith Dalgleish

Her only win came at odds of 1-8 in a three-runner novice in July 2021 (5f, good); has dropped some way in the weights but she's finished down the field in all of her handicaps including when fourth of six over C&D (cheekpieces added) last month; needs to raise her game.

5/1

4th

2

(4)

7th Feb 2023

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 5

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Misty Ayr

9st 11lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Keith Dalgleish

Her only win came at odds of 1-8 in a three-runner novice in July 2021 (5f, good); handicapper in control last year; returns from three months off at a lower level and with cheekpieces added; worth a market check.

14/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Koy Koy

TOPSPEED:

Redarna

The Times:

Revich

Daily Mirror:

Dirtyoldtown

NEWMARKET:

Seasett

Daily Express:

Il Bandito

RP Ratings:

Koy Koy

Telegraph:

Koy Koy

The Star:

Koy Koy

Daily Record:

Koy Koy

Daily Mail:

Revich

POSTDATA:

Redarna

The Guardian:

Redarna

The Sun:

Redarna