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17:25 Ayr

Good To Soft

Afternoon Tea At Western House Hotel Handicap

  • Prize money: £3663.8
  • 1m 2f 0y
  • Class 6
  • 14 runners
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Afternoon Tea At Western House Hotel Handicap

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

13/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.34
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 5-6253

Last run: 9 days

W: 9st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 45

Form & Verdict

0-11 but in good form in these cheekpieces last month, going very close here (1m, good to firm) and solid third at Newcastle (1m2f, AW) most recently; unproven on slow ground; there's every chance he'll be in the mix.

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2nd

8

(8)

4th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 5y

Class 6

16:10 Newcastle (AW)

Braes Of Doune

9st 4lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

Improved for the fitting of cheekpieces and twice ran well over 1m2f here last summer before making it 12th-time lucky at Ayr (1m2f, good to soft); now 4lb higher and both the drop in trip and six-month absence pose a question.

4/1

1st

10

(5)

9th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 6

17:25 Ayr

Braes Of Doune

9st 3lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

0-11 but in good form in these cheekpieces last month, going very close here (1m, good to firm) and solid third at Newcastle (1m2f, AW) most recently; unproven on slow ground; there's every chance he'll be in the mix.

13/2

7/2

  • Place: £1.70

Form: -80651 D

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 3lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 56

Form & Verdict

Capitalised on a reduced mark when winning at Beverley (1m2f, good to firm) recently on his second stable start, when wearing this headgear combination for the first time; unproven on slow ground; trainer won this last year and this 3yo could have more to offer now things have clicked.

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5th

4

5th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 1f 87y

Class 2

17:40 Musselburgh

Rory The Cat

11st 9lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Has won two juvenile events here, the latest in January (1m7f, soft) when 4-9 favourite Teorie pulled too hard and was below-par in fourth; well-beaten sixth in a Listed race here last time (1m7f, soft) and plenty to find with Balboa on that form.

9/1

6th

8

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 1

13:20 Musselburgh

Rory The Cat

11st 0lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Dual Flat scorer at a modest level; didn't take to cheekpieces here (well behind Union Flag) on hurdles debut; followed that, however, with two C&D wins (soft) with usual blinkers reapplied, latterly making the early running and rallying past Union Flag, before holding off Churchwarden by 1l; improving but this race will demand better still.

10/1

1st

1

1st Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 4

12:35 Musselburgh

Rory The Cat

11st 7lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

led

9/2

3rd
9 (1)
Jaminoz

16/1

  • Place: £3.90

Form: 0-6647 C

Last run: 18 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 46

Form & Verdict

Unable to threaten this season but he runs off the same mark as for last October's win here (7f, heavy); that win has been his sole handicap run at Ayr and he's not a forlorn hope now back here.

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3rd

5

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

14:50 Newcastle

Jaminoz

11st 7lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Lucinda Russell

He could do with jumping with greater fluency and better could have been expected at Wetherby last month (2m, soft; suffered from post-race heat-stress) but prior to that this three-time Flat winner was a promising third on hurdle debut at Ayr (2m, soft), form which makes him a leading player.

5/1

8th

6

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

12:35 Wetherby

Jaminoz

11st 8lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

took keen hold, midfield, hit 2nd

15/2

3rd

2

20th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

11:50 Ayr

Jaminoz

11st 2lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

Operated at lowly level on Flat for Jim Goldie but found improvement to win two in a row this autumn (1m1f/1m4f, good to soft/soft; fair form) and it will be no surprise to see a good run on this stable debut; one of three for yard.

9/1

Form: -33355

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 55

Form & Verdict

0-8 but good third over 1m2f at Redcar in May and hasn't run badly when fifth over 1m5f/1m since; this may be his best trip; not ruled out.

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3rd

6

(10)

13th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 2f 150y

18:45 Dundalk (AW)

Streetscape

9st 8lb

J: Scott McCullagh

T: Eoin Christopher McCarthy

pressed leader

10/1

3rd

2

(3)

15th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 2f 150y

17:05 Dundalk (AW)

Streetscape

9st 9lb

J: Scott McCullagh

T: Eoin Christopher McCarthy

in touch with leaders, headway and prominent under 2f out, pressed leaders when switched right over 1f out, kept on, no match for first two

14/1

Form: 7-1858 CD

Last run: 18 days

W: 9st 5lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 48

Form & Verdict

Hasn't shone on her last three starts but won over C&D before those and she has a good record in this race, with a win two years ago and a good third last season; not discounted.

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12th

13

(3)

12th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 6

17:05 Ayr

Royal Countess

8st 9lb

J: Shane Gray

T: R Mike Smith

Three-time course winner (1m2f, soft/good to soft), the latest in May off today's mark; returns to Ayr after two heavy defeats at Hamilton but she failed to shine here in July/August; arrives with something to prove.

20/1

6th

8

(5)

25th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 0f 68y

Class 6

13:45 Hamilton

Royal Countess

9st 0lb

J: Archie Young

T: R Mike Smith

Has modest claims on the balance of recent efforts and this doesn't look the ideal scenario, having gained all wins over 1m2f at Ayr.

25/1

8th

10

(3)

5th Sep 2023

Good

1m 1f 35y

Class 6

18:45 Hamilton

Royal Countess

8st 9lb

J: Paddy Mathers

T: R Mike Smith

Hasn't been in top form since winning off this mark at Ayr on her reappearance (1m2f, good to firm); cheekpieces were tried last time (no improvement) and are retained; others preferred.

16/1

OUR TIP

Form: 877513 D

Last run: 4 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 49

Form & Verdict

Has run well with this hood applied the last twice, winning at Newcastle (1m2f, AW) before a close third at Musselburgh (12.4f, good) where she didn't enjoy a clear run; unraced on slow ground; she's one to consider.

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3rd

4

(1)

8th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 4f 98y

Class 6

13:50 Newcastle (AW)

Spirit Of Ash

9st 9lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Tristan Davidson

held up in rear, switched to near side over 3f out, outpaced over 2f out, headway 2f out, kept on well inside final furlong, nearest finish

7/2

1st

4

(2)

7th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 4f 98y

Class 6

17:30 Newcastle (AW)

Spirit Of Ash

9st 8lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Tristan Davidson

All four wins have come over 1m2f/1m4f around here, the latest from 2lb lower in November; finished behind three of these when fourth of nine over C&D in January, but appeared to be undone by a lack of pace there; capable of playing a part if this pans out more in her favour back from a 51-day break.

5/1

4th

3

(8)

16th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 4f 98y

Class 6

15:55 Newcastle (AW)

Spirit Of Ash

9st 7lb

J: Sean Kirrane

T: Tristan Davidson

Thrived through the latter months of 2023, winning three times here (1m2f-12.5f) while rising steadily in the weights; now 3lb above her last winning mark; drops back in trip, which looks a better fit, after tackling 2m (eighth of 12, beaten 13l) for the second time latest; key player.

11/4

12/1

Form: -08075

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 47

Form & Verdict

His mark continues to fall and he produced his best run of the year when fifth at Nottingham (1m2f) last time; however, he's now 0-16 and needs to better that latest performance if he's to win this; cheekpieces go on.

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13th

8

14th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 53y

Class 4

14:22 Hereford

Gerrots

11st 3lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Deborah Faulkner

Record of just 1-25 on Flat, the success gained off a basement mark on AW (2m) in December; brings limited potential to hurdles.

100/1

8th

10

(7)

27th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 6

20:30 Kempton (AW)

Gerrots

8st 12lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Deborah Faulkner

Off the mark at the 22nd attempt when winning at Wolverhampton last month (2m); not so good in two runs since and could prove vulnerable again.

16/1

7th

11

(2)

20th Jan 2024

Standard

2m 0f 120y

Class 6

18:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Gerrots

9st 1lb

J: Gina Mangan

T: Deborah Faulkner

travelled strongly, led, raced in second and clear with one other after 2f, led again over 3f out, headed over 2f out, soon weakened

10/1

8th
6 (10)
Zandora

50/1

Form: 6-0796

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 47

Form & Verdict

Seven starts, and yet to finish better than sixth.

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11th

12

(13)

25th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 6y

Class 6

17:15 Hamilton

Zandora

8st 9lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Gary Harrison

13-race maiden; holds weak claims on her form at 7f-1m2f; needs improvement for the drop to sprinting.

33/1

6th

6

(2)

16th Sep 2023

Good

1m 0f 2y

Class 6

15:42 Musselburgh

Zandora

9st 0lb

J: Alex Jary

T: Gary Harrison

mounted in chute and taken down early, raced in second

20/1

3rd

2

(4)

29th Aug 2023

Good

1m 0f 208y

Class 5

17:25 Musselburgh

Zandora

9st 7lb

J: Amie Waugh

T: Gary Harrison

in touch with leaders on outer, took keen hold early, went second over 1f out, weakened final furlong, lost second towards finish

25/1

5/1

Form: 375553

Last run: 12 days

W: 8st 9lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 48

Form & Verdict

0-10 but close third when dropped back in trip at Beverley (1m2f, good to firm) 12 days ago and he didn't enjoy a clear run; has shown promise on soft ground; wears a first-time hood and could be bang there.

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14th

14

(2)

11th Sep 2023

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 6

17:30 Newcastle (AW)

Stelios

8st 8lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Phillip Makin

3yo maiden; close third at Beverley in June; not in anything like the same form since and needs a big revival back on AW; 0-7 in this sphere and has the same score on turf.

33/1

8th

10

(9)

27th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 207y

Class 6

17:10 Beverley

Stelios

8st 7lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Phillip Makin

13-race maiden; chance on his C&D third in June, but well beaten at 50-1 last time at Thirsk (1m4f, good); would be a surprise winner.

25/1

12th

15

(13)

18th Aug 2023

Good

1m 4f 8y

Class 6

19:45 Thirsk

Stelios

8st 5lb

J: Mia Nicholls

T: Phillip Makin

0-12 and trail has gone cold again since June's Beverley half-length third (1m2f, good to firm), slower ground not necessarily at fault (fair fifth on soft in April); 1lb out of the handicap.

50/1

16/1

Form: 00/08/

Last run: 621 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 57

Form & Verdict

Irish challenger who is one to watch in the betting on his first Flat start since October 2021, but he hasn't really shone over hurdles subsequently and his claims aren't compelling.

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0

6

28th Aug 2023

Good

2m 3f 55y

16:55 Downpatrick

Copia Verborum

11st 2lb

J: Miss A McGuinness

T: J J Lambe

A long time since he showed his best form; has run creditably at this track on occasion but otherwise does not seem to have much going for him; in rear over hurdles here earlier in the month.

25/1

11th

10

13th Aug 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 65y

15:10 Downpatrick

Copia Verborum

11st 4lb

J: Miss A McGuinness

T: J J Lambe

A long time since he showed his best form; has run creditably at this track on occasion but otherwise does not seem to have much going for him.

25/1

10th

1

(2)

9th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 6

17:25 Ayr

Copia Verborum

10st 0lb

J: James Sullivan

T: J J Lambe

Irish challenger who is one to watch in the betting on his first Flat start since October 2021, but he hasn't really shone over hurdles subsequently and his claims aren't compelling.

16/1

33/1

Form: 794-97

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 55

Form & Verdict

3yo who is lightly raced but he's finished down the field in both handicaps (1m/1m2f) and lots of improvement is needed now in a tongue-tie.

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11th

12

(2)

18th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 4f 14y

Class 6

17:00 Southwell (AW)

Two Rivers

9st 2lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Iain Jardine

led early, headed and raced in second after 2f

8/1

3rd

12

(9)

4th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 14y

Class 6

18:40 Newcastle (AW)

Two Rivers

9st 2lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Iain Jardine

took keen hold, pressed leader

9/1

3rd

8

(1)

2nd Jan 2024

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 6

18:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Two Rivers

9st 8lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Iain Jardine

in touch with leaders, outpaced 2f out, kept on from over 1f out

8/1

50/1

Form: 86598

Last run: 38 days

W: 8st 7lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 46

Form & Verdict

Hasn't shown enough among her five runs to suggest she'll win this.

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7th

12

(11)

26th Sep 2023

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 6

18:00 Newcastle (AW)

Killing Eve

8st 8lb

J: Paula Muir

T: Katie Scott

Has yet to make the frame in seven starts and she came in last of seven in 1m4f Hamilton handicap last month; she's very hard to make a case for.

66/1

7th

8

(3)

14th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 4f 15y

Class 6

20:40 Hamilton

Killing Eve

8st 8lb

J: William Pyle

T: Katie Scott

took keen hold, held up in rear

33/1

12th

14

(6)

9th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 6

17:25 Ayr

Killing Eve

8st 7lb

J: William Pyle

T: Katie Scott

Hasn't shown enough among her five runs to suggest she'll win this.

50/1

12/1

Form: -04547

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 0lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 53

Form & Verdict

His mark continues to fall and a market check is advised in first-time cheekpieces, but he's struggled in the main this season.

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3rd

12

(11)

13th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 6

20:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Zakram

9st 3lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: David O’Meara

Exposed 3yo whose record is only 1-26; however, he's currently in a consistent vein of form and went down by only a neck at Lingfield (1m, AW) eight days ago; has a fighting chance off same mark.

6/1

2nd

7

(3)

5th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 0f 1y

Class 6

12:25 Lingfield (AW)

Zakram

9st 1lb

J: David Probert

T: David O’Meara

Sole win (25 races) was in July 2022 over 7f here; consistent in recent outings, runner-up to Neptune Legend over C&D last time, and has a cracking each-way chance once again.

11/4

50/1

Form: 8-0508

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 47

Form & Verdict

Some early promise in winter 2021-22 but hasn't built on it and he's struggled to get competitive on his four starts this season.

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14th

7

(13)

9th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 6

17:25 Ayr

Depart A Minuit

9st 4lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Stella Barclay

Some early promise in winter 2021-22 but hasn't built on it and he's struggled to get competitive on his four starts this season.

50/1

8th

5

(12)

24th Jun 2023

Good

0m 7f 50y

Class 6

16:54 Ayr

Depart A Minuit

9st 9lb

J: Sam James

T: Stella Barclay

Some early promise for David O'Meara, but hasn't built on it and probably flattered by his fifth of six in a Newcastle handicap (1m, AW) on his penultimate outing; needs to improve for the cheekpieces (has worn a visor).

25/1

11th

3

(8)

25th May 2023

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 6

16:50 Wolverhampton (AW)

Depart A Minuit

9st 10lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: Stella Barclay

Didn't progress in five runs for David O'Meara and, having been gelded, has been well held in both starts since returning for this yard including when over 3l behind Odd Socks Havana at Newcastle (1m, Tapeta) last time.

20/1

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Exacta £195.00
Straight Forecast £156.80
Tricast £1521.80
Trifecta £1625.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Rory The Cat

THE NORTH:

Braes Of Doune

Daily Mirror:

Spirit Of Ash

POSTDATA:

Streetscape

RP RATINGS:

Rory The Cat

The Times:

Rory The Cat

Telegraph:

Rory The Cat

Daily Record:

Rory The Cat

D Express:

Braes Of Doune

The Sun:

Braes Of Doune

The Star:

Braes Of Doune