14:00 Ayr Thu 20 September 2018

  • J.H. Commercials Handicap (Class 4)
  • 7f 50y, Soft (Heavy in places)
  • 13 Runners
  • Winner£6,728.002nd£2,002.003rd£1,000.004th£500.005th£300.006th£300.007th£300.008th£300.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:1m 32.99sOff time:14:02:48
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1
(7)
79-7OR: 84D
9/1

Infrequent winner (3-40), and slightly disappointing since finishing third of 18 to Medahim at Glorious Goodwood (7f, Class 3, good) in August; has won on soft previously (2017).

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2
(2)
Rollerb119
59-7OR: 84
10/1

Hindered by a wide draw at Sandown latest (1m, good), but fully capable of making a positive impression at this level with cut underfoot; interesting to see if the blinkers help.

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3
(9)
49-6OR: 83D
18/1

Effective under most conditions, and 2lb below his last winning mark (7f, Catterick, good to soft), but not as strong as in the early part of the season, so needs to bounce back.

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4
(3)
49-6OR: 83C
7/1

Solid overall record on turf (5-12); campaigned on the AW this summer on account of quick ground; 4lb higher than when winning a 6f nursery at the Western meeting in 2016 (good to soft); conditions favourable - trip less so.

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5
(13)
59-5OR: 82D
33/1

Runner-up to Tommy G over C&D in May (good to firm), but not at that level of form when last appearing in early July; eased in the weights, but has done the bulk of his racing on a sound surface; trainer saddles three.

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6
(8)
Iron Sky9(ex 6)
39-5OR: 79D
6/1

Notched a second Catterick win when returning to form (7f, good) last week; races under a 6lb penalty (only due a 5lb rise), but is relatively unexposed after just eight starts and rates as the pick of his trainers three runners.

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8
(11)
49-4OR: 81
16/1

Hasn't won since June 2017, and yet to score beyond 6f; still 3lb above her last winning mark, but was competitive off this perch at Newmarket (7f, good to firm) in June when beaten just over 1L by Homeopathic; handles good to soft.

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9
(1)
49-3OR: 80CD
10/1

6f Ayr maiden winner as a juvenile (soft); beaten ¾L by Alemaratalyoum over C&D in June (good to firm), and competes from a similar mark today off an 83-day absence; place chance for a trainer who saddles three runners.

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10
(10)
99-2OR: 79D
20/1

9yo; winner of 10 of his 70 career starts; 2lb higher than when seeing off 19 others at York (7f, good) in May; handles cut; finished 18th of 24 in the Bronze Cup (6f) of 2016 on his sole previous Ayr start.

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11
(5)
39-1OR: 81D
7/1

Encounters cut in the ground for the first time since winning unchallenged (made all) at Musselburgh in March (7f, maiden); although the ground could feasibly be the key for him, his form in handicaps isn't strong enough to tempt.

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12
(14)
39-1OR: 81BFD
11/2

Sits 7lb higher than when winning at Chester in July (7½f good), and in truth that's probably plenty high enough; no worries whatsoever about the soft ground, but requires a career best effort in order to score.

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13
(6)
59-1OR: 78
28/1

2-7 (dual 1m AW winner) for previous handler Roger Varian, before moving on for 17,000gns in February; poor in three starts for this stable (dropped 7lb in the weights), and the cheekpieces are now applied.

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14
(4)
49-0OR: 77D
15/2

Has raced on ground softer than good on just two occasions, winning both times at Lingfield (6f, soft), and more latterly at Yarmouth (7f, good to soft); 6lb above his last winning mark, but merits respect in these conditions.

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Non-Runners

7
(12)
Scofflaw31
49-4OR: 81
T: R A FaheyJ: Non Runner

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Betting

Forecast

Chai Chai (11/2), Iron Sky (6/1), Queen's Sargent (7/1), Tawny Port (7/1), Golden Slam (15/2), Truth Or Dare (9/1), Saint Equiano (10/1), Roller (10/1), Angel Of Darkness (16/1), Right Action (18/1), Magic City (20/1), Scofflaw (20/1), Tiercel (28/1), Glengarry (33/1)

Verdict

An open contest in which a number of the runners appear likely to be well suited by the presenting soft ground. The selection GOLDEN SLAM features most prominently amongst that particular group of horses. He was a 7f Yarmouth winner on his penultimate start, and although 6lb higher here in a more competitive race, encouragingly he's 2-2 on ground described as softer than good. Roller had excuses at Sandown latest, and is an interesting proposition in the newly applied headgear, whilst others to consider include Angel of Darkness and the recent Catterick scorer Iron Sky who rates as the standout contender of the Keith Dalgleish-trained trio.
  1. Golden Slam
  2. Roller
  3. Angel Of Darkness

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