14:30 Ayr

Thursday 20 September 2018

All13:3014:0014:3015:0515:3516:1016:4517:20

S T Andrew Plant Hire Handicap (Div 1)

Class 5  |   1m  |   Soft (Heavy in places)  |   12 Runners  |   Turf

Weighed In

Off time: 14:33  |   Winning time: 1m 46.17s

1
(3)
Mustaqbal8(ex 6)
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-9  |  J: Callum Rodriguez |  T: M Dods|  OR: 70|  CD
11/4

Emphatically back to winning ways on heavy ground at Carlisle (1m) last week, for which he incurs a 6lb penalty; not beaten far (third) after a tardy start on his last visit to Ayr (C&D) in July; obvious contender.

2
(9)
Age: 7|  Weight: 9-7  |  J: Nathan Evans |  T: M W Easterby|  OR: 74|  D
28/1

Hasn't seen too much racing in 2018, returning from an 11-month absence with a couple of moderate efforts at Thirsk (7f-1m); dropped a further 3lb as a result.

3
(13)
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-7  |  J: David Egan |  T: D Thompson|  OR: 74|  C
10/1

Has appeared to be in the grip of the handicapper for much of 2018, but tentative showed signs of a revival at Redcar (1m2f, good) when beaten less than 2L by Bollin Joan (third); drop in trip worth a go.

4
(11)
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-6  |  J: D Tudhope |  T: J S Goldie|  OR: 73|  CD
11/1

Has a moderate strike-rate on turf (1-31), but that success came over C&D in July 2017 (good to soft), and from a 9lb higher mark; well suited to his local track, but is difficult to predict and performing fairly moderately lately.

5
(14)
Age: 8|  Weight: 9-5  |  J: David Probert |  T: R M Smith|  OR: 72|  CD
16/1

Took his chance on the Roodeye at Chester on Saturday (1m2f+), but didn't quite get home after racing prominently; better suited to this track (five-time winner here on a variety of racing surfaces); chance over 1m if adopting similar tactics.

6
(2)
Age: 11|  Weight: 9-4  |  J: D Allan |  T: T D Easterby|  OR: 71|  CD
3/1

Veteran; absolutely no issues with track/trip or ground, but you just wonder whether or not his best days are behind him; handicapper certainly giving him every chance (dropped 12lb since early August).

7
(5)
Age: 7|  Weight: 9-3  |  J: Jamie Gormley |  T: I Jardine|  OR: 70|  D
16/1

Enigmatic character who needs the cards to drop his way (best delivered as late as possible); fully effective on Tapeta at Newcastle, but remains a 25-race turf maiden; not the obvious (or likely) solution.

8
(6)
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-2  |  J: T Hamilton |  T: R A Fahey|  OR: 69|  D
12/1

Hasn't won for an age (May 2015), and looks to have gone fractionally off the boil more latterly after some mildly encouraging runs late summer, including when beaten 2L by Island Song at Carlisle (1m1f, good to firm).

11
(4)
Age: 4|  Weight: 8-13  |  J: J Garritty |  T: J Ewart|  OR: 66
8/1

Odds and ends of placed form (6f-1m3f), but it hasn't been anywhere near enough to break the duck so far (seven-race maiden); handicap mark falling, but far from clear as to exactly what constitutes his ideal trip, so readily opposed.

12
(12)
Age: 4|  Weight: 8-12  |  J: T Eaves |  T: K A Ryan|  OR: 65|  D
25/1

Better known as an AW horse, but just the type to appreciate some cut underfoot on turf (7f heavy ground winner at Carlisle in September 2017); respectable third to Araqeel at Newcastle (7f) latest, so merits close inspection.

13
(1)
Age: 8|  Weight: 8-10  |  J: F Norton |  T: Rebecca Bastiman|  OR: 63|  D
28/1

Knocking at the door of late, but unable to force it open, no major threat to Viscount Loftus (beaten since) and Jacob Black at Musselburgh just under a fortnight ago, despite getting the better of the remainder (third); no turf win since May 2015.

14
(10)
Age: 5|  Weight: 8-9  |  J: Connor Beasley |  T: K Dalgleish|  OR: 62|  C|  D
12/1

Stablemate of Forever A Lady; 2lb higher than when staying on powerfully to score by a neck over 7f here (good to firm) on his penultimate start; equivalent effort at Newcastle since and likely to be suited by further; ground prowess an unknown.

Non-Runners

10
(8)
Forever A Lady5
Weight: 9-0|  Age: 5
T: K Dalgleish  J: G Lee
9
(7)
Dark Crystal5
Weight: 9-1|  Age: 7
T: Miss L A Perratt  J: Ben Robinson
Betting

Forecast

Mustaqbal (11/4), Silvery Moon (3/1), It's Never Enough (8/1), Visitant (10/1), Forever A Lady (10/1), Strong Steps (11/1), Zoravan (12/1), Cadeau Magnifique (12/1), Newmarket Warrior (16/1), Gworn (16/1), Tagur (25/1), Dark Crystal (25/1), Torrid (28/1), Newstead Abbey (28/1)

Verdict
Difficult to stray too far from the Carlisle winner MUSTAQBAL who bolted up under similar conditions as recently as last week. He'd have come out comfortably on top there with 6lb extra on his back, so there's no reason whatsoever to believe that the incurred penalty will prove a barrier to further success. Of the remainder Tagur looks threatening, and a fairly safe bet to make the frame after a solid run at Newcastle, whilst Zoravan can prove more effective over this longer trip (of 1m) if able to handle the testing underfoot conditions.
  1. Mustaqbal
  2. Tagur
  3. Visitant
Prize Money
1st:
£4,787.00
2nd:
£1,424.00
3rd:
£712.00
4th:
£356.00
5th:
£300.00
6th:
£300.00
7th:
£300.00
8th:
£300.00

Next Race Off

Racing Tips

Most Followed