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14:10 Ayr

Heavy

Virgin Bet Apprentice Handicap

  • Prize money: £4187.2
  • 1m 2f 0y
  • Class 5
  • 13 runners
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Runners: 13 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Scattered showers

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12/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.15
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 113046 D

Last run: 9 days

W: 10st 4lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

He's below his last winning mark and he didn't run badly when sixth of eight in a higher grade over C&D (soft) last Tuesday; however, he was behind two of these and hasn't been at his best on his last three starts.

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5th

6

(4)

8th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 4

14:50 Newcastle (AW)

Bashful

9st 4lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Iain Jardine

Last summer's hat-trick included a win over C&D and he added another success at Ayr (1m2f, heavy) in Octobr; scored twice over hurdles in February and after having undergone wind surgery, he finished fourth of six here (1m) last month; return to this trip should suit and high on the list.

7/1

4th

6

(7)

13th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 3

18:15 Newcastle (AW)

Bashful

9st 0lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Iain Jardine

Caught the eye at Wolverhampton in January and he's since finished second over C&D and won two handicap hurdles at Musselburgh; has undergone wind surgery since the latest; more required up in class.

12/1

2nd
7 (13)
Ayr Poet

13/2

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 132133 CD

Last run: 9 days

W: 9st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 68

Form & Verdict

Five-time course winner including three this year (1m/1m2f, soft/good to soft), and he was a good third in a higher grade than today's over C&D (soft) last Tuesday; consistent and can be thereabouts.

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4

(2)

17th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 5

13:55 Newcastle (AW)

Ayr Poet

9st 7lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

All of his nine wins have come on turf but he's held his form since his last success at Ayr (1m2f) in September and has run well here (1m2f/7f) in last two starts; this big step back up in trip is a positive and he shouldn't be far away.

9/1

5th

11

(8)

11th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 7f 14y

Class 4

11:45 Newcastle (AW)

Ayr Poet

8st 13lb

J: Morgan Cole

T: Jim Goldie

Three wins at Ayr (1m-1m2f) this year and arrives on the back of some creditable placed efforts, the latest over 1m2f here; all 50 career starts over 1m+ so the unknown is whether he'll be fully effective over this shorter distance.

14/1

3rd

10

(4)

3rd Nov 2023

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 4

13:55 Newcastle (AW)

Ayr Poet

9st 1lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

towards rear of midfield, steady headway from 4f out, bit short of room from over 2f out, switched left and on far side of group from over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, went third inside final 110yds

7/1

10/1

  • Place: £4.70

Form: /48/93

Last run: 68 days

W: 8st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 55

Form & Verdict

Returned from a long absence to make stable debut in July and he was an encouraging third of six at Hamilton (1m3f, heavy) in August on his second start back; continues to drop down the weights and he could take another step back in the right direction this afternoon; one to consider.

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1st

7

(12)

20th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 1y

Class 6

17:38 Redcar

Stockbridge Tap

10st 4lb

J: Miss Roisin Leech

T: Lucinda Russell

Ten runs, two wind operations and no win but he's been third on heavy going over 1m3f/1m2f on last two outings, which puts him right in the mix.

12/1

3rd

13

(2)

12th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

14:10 Ayr

Stockbridge Tap

8st 11lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Lucinda Russell

Returned from a long absence to make stable debut in July and he was an encouraging third of six at Hamilton (1m3f, heavy) in August on his second start back; continues to drop down the weights and he could take another step back in the right direction this afternoon; one to consider.

10/1

3rd

2

(4)

5th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 3f 15y

Class 6

20:30 Hamilton

Stockbridge Tap

9st 11lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Lucinda Russell

held up in rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra final 110yds

7/1

Form: 115564 BF

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 12lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Won two novices at about 7f (good to soft/good to firm) in May/June; yet to strike in handicaps but he was a fair fourth of six at Epsom (8.5f, good to firm) last time and the dam's side of this 3yo's pedigree suggests the step up to 1m2f is worth a go; has run okay on soft; not discounted.

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8th

9

1st Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 3

14:45 Wincanton

Kentucky Bluegrass

10st 4lb

J: Lorcan Murtagh

T: Nigel Hawke

Dual 7f winner for David O'Meara for whom he raced eight times (stayed 1m2f on heavy); just the type that his new trainer does well with; tries headgear for the first time on hurdling debut following 22,000gns sale.

20/1

4th

5

(12)

12th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

14:10 Ayr

Kentucky Bluegrass

9st 12lb

J: Mark Winn

T: David O’Meara

Won two novices at about 7f (good to soft/good to firm) in May/June; yet to strike in handicaps but he was a fair fourth of six at Epsom (8.5f, good to firm) last time and the dam's side of this 3yo's pedigree suggests the step up to 1m2f is worth a go; has run okay on soft; not discounted.

7/1

Form: 441318 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 13lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Front-runner who was uncharacteristically below par at Newcastle (1m, AW) a fortnight ago but he was in good form previously, with wins at Haydock (1m2f, soft) in July and at Southwell (1m, AW) in September; has also won on heavy ground; can make a bold bid if bouncing back from last time.

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3rd

3

(1)

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 2f 5y

Class 5

16:15 Pontefract

Bushfire

9st 4lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Gemma Tutty

1m2f winner on soft ground last July and only 2lb above his last winning mark over 1m on the AW; last season didn't end well but he returns with the yard having winners.

13/2

10th

14

(15)

14th Oct 2023

Good

1m 2f 56y

Class 4

16:45 York

Bushfire

9st 1lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Gemma Tutty

in rear

25/1

5th

4

(10)

12th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

14:10 Ayr

Bushfire

9st 13lb

J: Pierre-Louis Jamin

T: Gemma Tutty

Front-runner who was uncharacteristically below par at Newcastle (1m, AW) a fortnight ago but he was in good form previously, with wins at Haydock (1m2f, soft) in July and at Southwell (1m, AW) in September; has also won on heavy ground; can make a bold bid if bouncing back from last time.

9/1

9/1

Form: 024454 CD

Last run: 9 days

W: 10st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 74

Form & Verdict

His last three wins have come here (1m/1m2f, good to firm/good) and he ran pretty well when fourth of eight over C&D last Tuesday (soft; Ayr Poet a short head in front in third); drops back in grade today and could be in the mix if suited by the first-time visor (replacing usual cheekpieces).

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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

6th

3

(9)

12th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

14:10 Ayr

Tilsitt

10st 1lb

J: Owen Lewis

T: R Mike Smith

His last three wins have come here (1m/1m2f, good to firm/good) and he ran pretty well when fourth of eight over C&D last Tuesday (soft; Ayr Poet a short head in front in third); drops back in grade today and could be in the mix if suited by the first-time visor (replacing usual cheekpieces).

9/1

12/1

Form: 235314 CD

Last run: 10 days

W: 8st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 57

Form & Verdict

Close third at Beverley (1m2f, heavy) last month and won comfortably at Hamilton (8.3f, good to soft) next time; only fourth of seven when unpenalised back at Hamilton (8.3f, soft) last Monday and a new 6lb higher mark has now kicked in, but he's not ruled out in view of his penultimate form.

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3rd

3

(3)

20th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 1y

Class 6

17:38 Redcar

Mac Ailey

10st 6lb

J: Miss Rebecca Burley

T: Tim Easterby

Two wins this season and close third at Beverley (1m2f, heavy) last month; latest run was also on heavy when below form at Ayr (off his highest mark for a long time) but he's one to consider.

11/1

7th

12

(7)

12th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

14:10 Ayr

Mac Ailey

8st 12lb

J: Sean Kirrane

T: Tim Easterby

Close third at Beverley (1m2f, heavy) last month and won comfortably at Hamilton (8.3f, good to soft) next time; only fourth of seven when unpenalised back at Hamilton (8.3f, soft) last Monday and a new 6lb higher mark has now kicked in, but he's not ruled out in view of his penultimate form.

12/1

4th

7

(6)

2nd Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 68y

Class 5

16:40 Hamilton

Mac Ailey

8st 9lb

J: Duran Fentiman

T: Tim Easterby

Has done his winning in Class 6; however, he's ahead of the assessor, having escaped a penalty for last week's comfortable success in apprentice event over C&D (good to soft); strong chance off the same mark.

15/8

Form: 737500

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 7lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

Trainer won this with a 3yo last season; won over 1m4f on soft ground at Doncaster in April and he could appreciate this drop back in trip having struggled over 14.3f plus on his last three starts; however, he nevertheless has plenty to prove based on that recent evidence.

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14

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

13:33 Taunton

Nobody Told Me

10st 9lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Deborah Faulkner

Lost his way on the Flat last summer/autumn, and was soundly beaten over C&D on recent stable/hurdle debut.

100/1

6th

14

26th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:50 Taunton

Nobody Told Me

10st 9lb

J: David Bass

T: Deborah Faulkner

towards rear

33/1

8th

8

(11)

12th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

14:10 Ayr

Nobody Told Me

9st 7lb

J: Jonny Peate

T: Jedd O’Keeffe

Trainer won this with a 3yo last season; won over 1m4f on soft ground at Doncaster in April and he could appreciate this drop back in trip having struggled over 14.3f plus on his last three starts; however, he nevertheless has plenty to prove based on that recent evidence.

16/1

16/1

Form: 594265 CD

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 68

Form & Verdict

Won off this mark at Musselburgh (1m4f, good) in June and good second over this C&D (good) in August; has also run well on soft this term; however, she's finished down the field the last twice; has to get back on track.

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9th

6

(4)

12th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

14:10 Ayr

Sophiesticate

9st 9lb

J: Alex Jary

T: Jim Goldie

Won off this mark at Musselburgh (1m4f, good) in June and good second over this C&D (good) in August; has also run well on soft this term; however, she's finished down the field the last twice; has to get back on track.

16/1

5th

6

(4)

2nd Oct 2023

Soft

1m 0f 68y

Class 3

15:40 Hamilton

Sophiesticate

8st 7lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Jim Goldie

Resumed winning ways at Musselburgh (1m4f) in June and largely in good form since until beating only one at Ayr (1m2f) 11 days ago; this drop to 1m isn't certain to suit and she's 3lb out of the handicap too.

20/1

6th

4

(6)

21st Sep 2023

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

15:35 Ayr

Sophiesticate

9st 6lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Jim Goldie

All wins in Scottish races on good ground (placed on soft once); ran creditably (2l second) in first-time hood over C&D most recently and again may not be far away; headgear retained.

13/2

10th
9 (1)
Lunacy

8/1

Form: 175618 BF

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 5lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 68

Form & Verdict

3yo who won at Hamilton (1m3f, soft) in July and posted an easy success there (1m3f, good to soft) last month; he's inconsistent and was well beaten at Hamilton (1m4f, soft) last Monday, but that reportedly came too soon after his previous run (eight days) and he's not written off.

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6th

6

(3)

3rd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 13y

Class 6

14:55 Catterick

Lunacy

9st 7lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Iain Jardine

Two Hamilton wins last year over 1m3f with ease underfoot; however, has been well beaten since the second of those and now has questions to answer.

12/1

6th

5

(5)

18th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 4f 98y

Class 5

17:30 Newcastle (AW)

Lunacy

9st 8lb

J: J F Egan

T: Iain Jardine

Ended 2023 with three heavy defeats and his two Hamilton wins last year both came off much lower marks; likely best watched back from 139 days on the sidelines.

16/1

11th

9

(1)

31st Oct 2023

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 5

16:10 Newcastle (AW)

Lunacy

9st 4lb

J: Graham Lee

T: Iain Jardine

midfield, outpaced over 2f out, weakened over 1f out

20/1

66/1

Form: 30/788

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 60

Form & Verdict

Tailed off on both starts this summer following a long absence and it was the same story when 80-1 on his recent stable debut.

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8th

8

(4)

7th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 6

20:30 Newcastle (AW)

Maraakiz

9st 9lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Ewan Whillans

Tongue tied and not disgraced when sixth of nine in 9.5f Wolverhampton handicap 17 days ago; cheekpieces go on now but it's still 12 outings since his sole success.

7/1

6th

9

(8)

19th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 6

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Maraakiz

8st 12lb

J: Jason Hart

T: Ewan Whillans

Won at Chelmsford (7f, AW) on his debut in November 2020 but he's 0-11 since and has finished tailed off in six of his last seven starts; has dropped a long way in the weights and he ran well on his penultimate run but he was beaten 38l at Newcastle last time; opposable.

16/1

11th

5

(1)

4th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 5y

Class 6

16:10 Newcastle (AW)

Maraakiz

9st 7lb

J: David Nolan

T: Ewan Whillans

Chelmsford winner for William Haggas as a 2yo who showed little after returning from a mammoth absence last July, but much better when beaten just over a length into fourth of 12 at Southwell (1m, Tapeta) four weeks ago; major player if building on that from the same mark.

6/1

20/1

Form: -34667

Last run: 27 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Filly

OR: 65

Form & Verdict

Showed promise on soft ground during light 2yo campaign and she's well treated judged on her first two handicap runs this April/June; however, her form has gone the wrong way since and the first-time visor (replacing cheekpieces) needs to prompt a dramatic turnaround.

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12th

10

(3)

12th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

14:10 Ayr

Kristal Klear

9st 2lb

J: Brandon Wilkie

T: Hugo Palmer

Showed promise on soft ground during light 2yo campaign and she's well treated judged on her first two handicap runs this April/June; however, her form has gone the wrong way since and the first-time visor (replacing cheekpieces) needs to prompt a dramatic turnaround.

20/1

7th

6

(7)

15th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 2f 70y

Class 4

16:30 Chester

Kristal Klear

8st 7lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Hugo Palmer

slowly away, in rear, headway and went second after 2f

14/1

6th

6

(3)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

14:10 Newmarket (July)

Kristal Klear

9st 10lb

J: Ross Coakley

T: Hugo Palmer

Six-race maiden; has shown promise on various ground but her form has been a bit up and down so far and she was well held on her step up to 1m2f at Haydock (good) last month; mixed messages but she's had wind surgery since that last run and has possibilities if she can get back near best; tongue-tie removed.

9/1

Form: 7-6461 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Won a soft-ground novice for Tim Easterby and he returned to form to win on his stable debut at Beverley (1m2f, heavy) three weeks ago; this lightly raced 4yo had something to spare and a 5lb rise could prove lenient.

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2

(5)

12th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

14:10 Ayr

Frankendael

10st 3lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: Edward Bethell

Won a soft-ground novice for Tim Easterby and he returned to form to win on his stable debut at Beverley (1m2f, heavy) three weeks ago; this lightly raced 4yo had something to spare and a 5lb rise could prove lenient.

5/2

1st

1

(6)

20th Sep 2023

Soft

1m 1f 207y

Class 5

17:45 Beverley

Frankendael

10st 1lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Edward Bethell

dwelt start, soon pressed leader, switched left and towards near side over 2f out, ridden and led narrowly over 1f out, kept on and led clearly inside final 110yds

7/2

6th

5

(4)

27th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 1f 207y

Class 4

16:15 Beverley

Frankendael

9st 6lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Low-mileage 4yo who won C&D novice on soft ground in September; safely held in both handicaps this spring (1m2f/1m4f) but had excuse on latter occssion (bled from the nose) and the return to this track is an obvious plus.

16/1

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Straight Forecast £206.70
Tricast £2409.30
Trifecta £4414.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Frankendael

RP RATINGS:

Tilsitt

POSTDATA:

Ayr Poet

The Star:

Stockbridge Tap

Telegraph:

Frankendael

The Guardian:

Frankendael

D Express:

Frankendael

Daily Mirror:

Frankendael

The Sun:

Frankendael

Daily Record:

Frankendael

The Times:

Tilsitt

Daily Mail:

Ayr Poet