14:25 Ayr

Good To Soft

Virgin Bet Ayr Silver Cup Handicap

  • Prize money: £33501
  • 0m 6f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 25 runners
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Virgin Bet Ayr Silver Cup Handicap

Runners: 25 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

9/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £2.00

Form: 266U23 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Often leads; has won on good and suited by good to soft or slower; raced over 7f+ since first two runs of 2022 but the return to 6f was no inconvenience in the Great St Wilfrid at Ripon (first-time visor, retained; has worn other forms of headgear) when drawing away from his rivals on the stand side (first two raced on the far side); stamina for further can stand him in good stead; solid chance.

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1st

1

(6)

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

14:10 Thirsk

Wobwobwob

9st 11lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

midfield, pushed along halfway, not clear run 2f out, soon switched right, steady headway from over 1f out, ran on well against near rail to lead inside final 110yds, won going away

12/1

25/1

  • Place: £7.70

Form: 543717 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Won on ground ranging from firm to soft; fair efforts in the 2021 Silver Cup and 2022 Gold Cup and he ended a losing spell in first-time cheekpieces at Redcar (6f) last month; wasn't ideally placed on the outside of the field when well held at Thirsk since but looks up against it on balance.

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7th

3

(7)

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 3

15:15 Thirsk

Tinto

10st 2lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Michael Dods

outpaced in rear

25/1

11th

3

(11)

24th Mar 2024

Soft

0m 6f 2y

Class 3

15:05 Doncaster

Tinto

9st 7lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Michael Dods

Did well last season when cheekpieces were added, winning at Redcar in August and ending his campaign with a fine second to Wobwobwob in the Ayr Silver Cup; no headgear for his return and this perhaps not his day.

20/1

20/1

  • Place: £4.60

Form: -57006 D

Last run: 90 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Excelled himself in his only course run, when a close seventh of 24 in the Gold Cup last autumn (when 10lb higher); not yet found the same form as a 4yo, in cheekpieces on last four starts, but perhaps the recent break will count in his favour.

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8th

2

(4)

12th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

19:45 Newcastle (AW)

Admiral D

9st 10lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

Only 1lb higher than for his win in a valuable 6f handicap at Kempton in November; ran well for second at Chelmsford on his penultimate start and easy to strike a line through his latest 7f run here when new tactics were deployed; style of racing means he needs a strong pace but that's quite possible here and he needs serious consideration.

12/1

5th

1

(6)

17th Feb 2024

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 4

17:30 Newcastle (AW)

Admiral D

9st 11lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Richard Fahey

switched right and led against near rail soon after start, joined by main group after 2f, headed 3f out, outpaced and lost second over 1f out, weakened towards finish

100/30

2nd

2

(6)

21st Jan 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

19:15 Chelmsford (AW)

Admiral D

9st 8lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Richard Fahey

Form since switched to AW includes a narrow success in higher grade at Kempton (6f) in November; never figured at Newcastle on New Year's Day but this looks an easier assignment.

12/1

10/1

  • Place: £3.30

Form: 512748 D

Last run: 37 days

W: 9st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Has won on good, good to soft and soft ground; has run well in the big 6f sprints at this meeting for the last three years, his best placing being a third of 25 in this race last year when Danny Tudhope rode for only the second time; comes from off the pace which often lands him in trouble in these big fields but capable of going well.

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6th

16

(13)

19th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

14:12 Newbury

Bernardo OReilly

8st 6lb

J: Sean D Bowen

T: Richard Spencer

Veteran who benefited from the pace collapsing in the corresponding event last year, sweeping home to defy a 5lb higher mark; last month's return at Doncaster should have brought him on and he's likely to be arriving on the scene late; yard going well.

12/1

50/1

Form: 6-R903 CD BF

Last run: 40 days

W: 9st 9lb

8 yo Horse

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Won this race in 2018 (heavy; has won on good); had some useful form at 6f and 7f last summer but he refused to race on reappearance and his form since doesn't match up to what will be needed here, a close third on the AW last time out coming in a claimer (sold for £11,000).

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11th

13

(11)

27th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 6f 2y

Class 3

18:40 Doncaster

Snazzy Jazzy

9st 3lb

J: Dale Swift

T: Seb Spencer

bumped start, towards rear

12/1

9th

1

(12)

9th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 4

16:15 Thirsk

Snazzy Jazzy

9st 11lb

J: Dale Swift

T: Seb Spencer

3lb lower than when fifth in the Ayr Silver Cup last September; not in the same form on his final run last year and this drop to 5f isn't sure to suit on his reappearance (first 5f run since 2021).

14/1

16/1

Form: -17734 D

Last run: 49 days

W: 9st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in this race 12 months ago (good; also won on soft); now 4lb higher thanks to a wide-margin reappearance win at Doncaster and two subsequent C&D defeats suggest he has too much on his plate in this warm race.

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9th

14

(11)

17th Apr 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

13:50 Newmarket

Woven

8st 11lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Michael Dods

Winning return at Doncaster in 2023 and he so nearly repeated the trick there in March (both 6f on soft); however, he's not been the easiest to place over the years and this looks a tall order.

12/1

2nd

8

(4)

24th Mar 2024

Soft

0m 6f 2y

Class 3

15:05 Doncaster

Woven

9st 2lb

J: Phil Dennis

T: Michael Dods

Poor strike-rate for one of his ability but he did end a barren spell in a C&D handicap on soft ground last May (good record fresh; second in this race in 2022); 3lb higher for his return but likely to make a bold bid.

8/1

66/1

Form: -17619

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Close fourth to Call Me Ginger in the Bronze Cup two years ago and the same position in the 5f handicap at this meeting last autumn; useful effort when making all on latest turf start, at Hamilton in August (good to soft), but it's rare to see him over 6f now.

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7th

4

(5)

23rd Nov 2023

Standard

0m 5f 21y

Class 3

20:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Never Dark

9st 4lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Iain Jardine

2-2 over C&D; had a good summer, winning 5f handicaps at Hamilton and Haydock (impressed on second occasion), and he's a strong contender back under these conditions.

3/1

16/1

Form: 133165 CD

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

No real impression in the Bronze Cup last September but has improved in 2023, the latest of three wins coming in the consolation race for the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood (soft; has won on good to firm); subsequent defeats off this career-high mark suggest he might have to wait for another day.

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5th

7

(5)

27th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

17:50 Ripon

Monsieur Kodi

8st 12lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

in rear

6/1

9th

9

(7)

11th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Newcastle (AW)

Monsieur Kodi

8st 10lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Richard Fahey

Tough and progressive sprinter this year, winning three times on slow turf; ran as well as he ever has when picked off late by Gisburn at Goodwood four weeks ago (6f, soft); 2lb higher today and handles Tapeta but he seems at his best on deep turf.

15/2

Form: 0-5023 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 9st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Has been threatening to end a losing run going back three years, getting going too late at Redcar then Goodwood 18 days ago (both 6f, good; acts well on good to soft); now has to show he can fare better than in two previous attempts in this race, beaten in the region of 6l each time.

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10th

14

(1)

19th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

14:12 Newbury

Aplomb

8st 8lb

J: David Egan

T: Jane Chapple-Hyam

Losing run goes back to 2020 but he regularly caught the eye with strong finishes in 6f handicaps last year; resumes on a good mark and can surely pop up at some point this year.

12/1

3rd

5

(19)

4th Nov 2023

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

13:02 Newmarket

Aplomb

9st 9lb

J: Stefano Cherchi

T: Jane Chapple-Hyam

raced near side, in touch with leaders

16/1

9th

21

(7)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Ayr

Aplomb

9st 3lb

J: Stefano Cherchi

T: Jane Chapple-Hyam

Has been threatening to end a losing run going back three years, getting going too late at Redcar then Goodwood 18 days ago (both 6f, good; acts well on good to soft); now has to show he can fare better than in two previous attempts in this race, beaten in the region of 6l each time.

12/1

10th
15 (14)
Dream For Gold

25/1

Form: 502270

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 6lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Can lead; sole win in 5f AW novice but had few chances in 6f turf handicaps and has gone close in two of them, at Epsom (good to soft) and Newmarket (good); however, he hasn't kept up the good work in two starts since and even his best form leaves him a little short.

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11th

9

(13)

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

14:10 Thirsk

Dream For Gold

9st 3lb

J: Connor Murtagh

T: Kevin Ryan

prominent, headway over 1f out

15/2

6th

4

(7)

23rd Mar 2024

Standard

0m 5f 0y

Class 4

20:00 Newcastle (AW)

Dream For Gold

9st 4lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Kevin Ryan

taken down early, wore earplugs, prominent

9/2

2nd

8

(2)

12th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

19:45 Newcastle (AW)

Dream For Gold

9st 3lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Kevin Ryan

taken down early

7/1

Form: 5-4315 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Ended losing run going back to 2yo days when going best from some way out in a big field at York in July (6f, good to soft); should still be well treated back up 4lb but one of his lesser efforts at Goodwood since.

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11th

14

(2)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Ayr

Cairn Gorm

9st 6lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Kevin Philippart De Foy

Ended losing run going back to 2yo days when going best from some way out in a big field at York in July (6f, good to soft); should still be well treated back up 4lb but one of his lesser efforts at Goodwood since.

16/1

8

22nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:25 Ayr

Cairn Gorm

9st 10lb

T: Kevin Philippart De Foy

5th

4

(1)

5th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

17:05 Goodwood

Cairn Gorm

9st 13lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Kevin Philippart De Foy

Finally took advantage of his reduced mark with a smooth success in a big-field handicap at York in July (6f, good to soft); still has handicapping scope despite a 4lb rise and he remains of interest.

4/1

12th
18 (5)
Danzan

10/1

Form: 817823 CD

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Often leads; has run excellent races in the latest two runnings of the Bronze Cup, finishing a close third to Call Me Ginger in 2021 (good to firm) and winning narrowly last year (good); 5lb higher this time, following a 7f win on soft in June, but history suggests he'll be on the premises; yard has won two of the last four runnings.

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3rd

12

(12)

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

14:10 Thirsk

Danzan

9st 0lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

pressed leader

8/1

25/1

Form: 306483 D

Last run: 48 days

W: 9st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Mid-division in the 2020 running; close fourth of 16 in the Gold Cup Trial over C&D in July and perhaps not seen to best advantage at Hamilton and Haydock since (blinkers refitted latest, retained); work to do overall.

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5th

5

(4)

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

14:10 Thirsk

Illusionist

9st 5lb

J: Harrison Shaw

T: Grant Tuer

in touch with leaders, headway over 1f out, switched left and keeping on when not clear run inside final furlong, no impression when short of room inside final 110yds

11/4

1st

7

(1)

28th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 5f 110y

Class 4

16:05 Wetherby

Illusionist

9st 2lb

J: Harrison Shaw

T: Grant Tuer

in touch with leaders on inner, pushed along 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on to lead inside final furlong, ridden out final 110yds, won going away

7/2

2nd

12

(7)

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:17 Ripon

Illusionist

9st 2lb

J: Harrison Shaw

T: Grant Tuer

Backed on his return to turf at Thirsk (5f, heavy) last week and just missed out, going down by a short-head with the first two pulling 6l clear of the third; his head went up in the air under pressure there and it looked one that got away but he's 4lb well in and he's run well at Ripon before.

5/2

8/1

Form: 908092 C

Last run: 9 days

W: 9st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Turf wins at 1m and 7f (good/good to firm) but he had a troubled run in this race last year and a strong-finishing fifth was all he was left with; rather down on his luck in 2023 but was a close second to Rathbone at Doncaster last week (6f, soft; first-time blinkers replaced regular cheekpieces) on third run back from wind surgery; weighted to go well.

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7th

6

(8)

22nd Feb 2024

Standard

0m 5f 0y

Class 3

18:00 Newcastle (AW)

Jump The Gun

8st 12lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: Iain Jardine

6f win off this mark here in November; mixed bag since and this trip looked too sharp when never in the hunt behind Cover Up 12 days ago; likely he'll need a pace meltdown to come out on top.

33/1

7th

2

(5)

10th Feb 2024

Standard

0m 5f 0y

Class 4

18:45 Newcastle (AW)

Jump The Gun

9st 7lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Iain Jardine

squeezed out start, in rear

16/1

8th

2

(5)

16th Jan 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

19:00 Newcastle (AW)

Jump The Gun

9st 9lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: Iain Jardine

Hold-up sprinter who recorded a 66-1 win over C&D in November off just 2lb lower; similar form when fourth here last time (slowly away); stable going well but minor money perhaps his best hope.

6/1

22/1

Form: 2-3630 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Can lead; has yet to win a handicap but headed only close home by Danzan in the Bronze Cup last autumn; edged up weights and vulnerable in 2023 but can't rule out any horse with previous form at the meeting.

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7th

4

(8)

19th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

19:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Fast And Loose

9st 6lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Kevin Ryan

Sole win in 16 starts came at Catterick (6f, good to firm; first-time cheekpieces) in July last year; 2lb lower than when beaten a nose at Newcastle (6f, Tapeta) a year ago, but well held the last twice which raises doubts despite the drop in grade.

9/1

15th

20

(3)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Ayr

Fast And Loose

9st 3lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Kevin Ryan

Can lead; has yet to win a handicap but headed only close home by Danzan in the Bronze Cup last autumn; edged up weights and vulnerable in 2023 but can't rule out any horse with previous form at the meeting.

22/1

22

22nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:25 Ayr

Fast And Loose

9st 7lb

T: Kevin Ryan

OUR TIP

12/1

Form: 407118 CD BF

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Acts on all ground; tailor-made for these big-field charges and won the Bronze Cup here in 2021, also awarded the Portland last September; slow to find form in 2023 but the old dash emerged when winning at Chester and Ascot this month; had an off day in the Portland last week though and Paul Mulrennan returns in place of regular claiming rider.

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10th

10

(1)

11th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Newcastle (AW)

Call Me Ginger

8st 10lb

J: Amie Waugh

T: Jim Goldie

Won twice in seven days in September, both over shorter but he's fully effective at 6f; back to the same mark as for his Ascot win and he has shown aptitude for this surface; others appeal more for win purposes though.

20/1

8th

6

(1)

28th Oct 2023

Heavy

0m 5f 3y

Class 2

15:20 Doncaster

Call Me Ginger

8st 13lb

J: Amie Waugh

T: Jim Goldie

Three-time course winner, the latest in last season's Portland (5.5f, soft; awarded the race); won two in a row (5.5f/5f, good to soft/good to firm) last month and, although he's been unplaced on his three runs since, he didn't enjoy a clear run at Ascot last time and is not written off.

9/1

11th

8

(12)

7th Oct 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

16:45 Ascot

Call Me Ginger

9st 2lb

J: Amie Waugh

T: Jim Goldie

Back to form last month, winning at Chester (5.5f, good to soft) and following up in good style over C&D four weeks ago (beat Mountain Peak); ran better than his finishing position suggests in the Portland and then had little chance from his draw in the Ayr Silver Cup two weeks ago; can't rule out under these conditions.

9/1

7/1

Form: 590711 D

Last run: 9 days

W: 9st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

No great shakes in the last four runnings of this but they were off marks of 90+ and is better treated now, despite winning by a wide margin at Sandown (5f, good) before never seriously threatened by Jump The Gun at Doncaster last week (6f, soft); comes here with plenty in his favour.

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13th

8

(13)

27th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 6f 2y

Class 3

18:40 Doncaster

Rathbone

9st 6lb

J: David Probert

T: Michael Herrington

midfield in centre of group

25/1

9th

11

(5)

6th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

16:55 Kempton (AW)

Rathbone

9st 1lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: Michael Herrington

He had slipped in the weights prior to landing handicaps at Sandown (5f, good) and Doncaster (6f, soft) last September; probably needs some help from the handicapper now and best watched after five months off and without his usual cheekpieces.

25/1

18th
1 (23)
Bergerac

28/1

Form: 4-8800 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 9st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Suited by good or quicker ground; tenacious in defeat when sixth of 24 in the Gold Cup last year and although this campaign needs explaining at first glance, he was ridden by 7lb claimers on first two starts and raced at about 5f in two outings since; dropped 8lb since last September and could well rise from the ashes in this less competitive race.

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13

(1)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Newcastle (AW)

Bergerac

8st 9lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Kevin Ryan

Ended 2023 with a couple of 5f wins on Tapeta; unplaced on his last three runs though and likely vulnerable over a stiff 6f at this level.

33/1

5th

6

(12)

15th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

18:10 Newcastle (AW)

Bergerac

8st 12lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Kevin Ryan

prominent towards near side, outpaced and lost position halfway, ran on inside final furlong

12/1

25/1

Form: -03008 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 12lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

In full flow in the second half of 2022, a fourth of 24 in the Gold Cup (good; handles good to soft) showing how effective he is in this type of race; soft and heavy ground probably hasn't helped in two of his four turf starts this year but the other two defeats need excuses; even so, too well treated to ignore, 6lb lower than last September.

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19th

2

(15)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Ayr

Lucky Man

9st 12lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Richard Spencer

In full flow in the second half of 2022, a fourth of 24 in the Gold Cup (good; handles good to soft) showing how effective he is in this type of race; soft and heavy ground probably hasn't helped in two of his four turf starts this year but the other two defeats need excuses; even so, too well treated to ignore, 6lb lower than last September.

25/1

8th

1

(7)

31st Aug 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:25 Chelmsford (AW)

Lucky Man

10st 0lb

J: Neil Callan

T: Richard Spencer

prominent

12/1

7/1

Form: 046051 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Splendid 9yo who has plundered valuable 6f prizes over the years, on good to firm and soft; has also run well in the Gold Cup, particularly when third in 2019; mostly quiet in 2023 but he hinted at better at Thirsk this month and there was no holding him when winning on AW ten days ago (regular tongue-tie discarded); well treated despite penalty; respected.

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1st

8

(9)

20th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 5

18:35 Thirsk

Gulliver

9st 6lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

in rear

4/1

3rd

2

(5)

11th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 6f 16y

Class 5

17:23 Southwell (AW)

Gulliver

9st 11lb

J: Jason Watson

T: David O’Meara

Veteran who ended a long losing run with a comfortable C&D win in a Racing League handicap in September; that came off a 5lb higher mark and he's run well enough on occasions since to think he retains a good chunk of ability; he'll need a good pace to aim at but he's a danger to all dropping into a Class 5 handicap for the first time.

13/2

21th
8 (24)
Abduction

16/1

Form: 500126 C

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Three most recent wins over 7f on this track (good and good to soft) but 7lb higher than the latest of them in August and needs to raise his 6f game if he's to get involved today.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

19th

19

(15)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Abduction

8st 6lb

J: Ethan Jones

T: Jim Goldie

midfield

40/1

10th

5

(12)

21st Apr 2024

Good

0m 7f 15y

Class 3

18:15 Musselburgh

Abduction

9st 5lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

Has done most winning in the autumn and boasts a better strike-rate on the AW; like Quest For Fun he resumes from six months off on a career-high mark at the age of six having closed out last year with a win, and he too is drawn wide.

10/1

33/1

Form: 540100 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 7lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Three 6f wins this year (soft and good ground), two from the front; however, he's beaten a total of one rival on his last two starts which doesn't augur well for this race.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

1

(1)

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

16:17 Ripon

Bay Breeze

9st 10lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Won this race 12 months ago off a 4lb lower mark, switched to the far side and making most of the running; added another two wins later in the summer but his form dipped in the autumn, albeit in some warm races; hasn't had the benefit of a run this year but won fresh in 2022 and he'll have the option to make a beeline for the far rail from stall 1; wouldn't read too much into his two defeats on heavy ground (late in the year and over 7f); claims.

13/2

14th

6

(9)

4th Nov 2023

Heavy

0m 7f 0y

Class 4

15:57 Newmarket

Bay Breeze

9st 10lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Tim Easterby

Finished a remote last of nine in his one 7f handicap, at Doncaster last November, and he seems to have gone off the rails since winning a four-runner 6f race at Ripon in August (soft).

25/1

23th
23 (19)
Be Proud

25/1

Form: 411260 C

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Runner-up to Call Me Ginger in the 2021 Bronze Cup the only time he's run in one of the big 6f handicaps at this meeting but he's taken a steep rise in the weights for two Doncaster wins in July and he didn't shine at Newcastle latest, where he has a good record.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6th

16

(14)

21st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

0m 5f 1y

Class 2

18:45 Musselburgh

Be Proud

8st 2lb

J: Amie Waugh

T: Jim Goldie

Gained his last two wins over 6f on galloping tracks and testing ground; likely to be tapped for toe over this sharp 5f in a warmer grade on seasonal debut; others preferred.

33/1

Form: 339304 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

All three wins came this year, at 6f and 5f (soft and good to firm), two from the front; mostly struggled since mark went into the 80s; visor left off after three fittings; up against it.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

13th

1

(7)

10th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

19:15 Ripon

Another Baar

9st 9lb

J: David Nolan

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

in touch with leaders

12/1

24th

25

(18)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Ayr

Another Baar

9st 2lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

All three wins came this year, at 6f and 5f (soft and good to firm), two from the front; mostly struggled since mark went into the 80s; visor left off after three fittings; up against it.

25/1

29

22nd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:25 Ayr

Another Baar

9st 6lb

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

Form: 766-70 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 9st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Has won on good to firm but excels on good to soft or slower; losing run goes back to June 2021 but is capable of very useful front-running form and has a good mark to exploit; signs of retaining ability for new yard and makes some appeal on what can be the golden strip against the stand rail.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

9th

4

(10)

15th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 12y

Class 4

16:20 Windsor

Punchbowl Flyer

9st 5lb

J: Georgia Dobie

T: John O’Shea

Suited by slow ground; on a long losing spell but he's 3-5 at Windsor and finished second in higher grade on his most recent course start; possibilities off a reduced mark back here.

9/1

10th

12

(2)

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 5f 10y

Class 2

15:43 Bath

Punchbowl Flyer

8st 2lb

J: Georgia Dobie

T: John O’Shea

No win since June 2021 but he acts well on heavy ground and he ended his 2023 campaign with a good second at Windsor; effectively 3lb lower here despite being out of the weights; back from a break perhaps not the time to catch him though.

14/1

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Abduction

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Gulliver

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Rathbone

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