16:45 Ayr Thu 20 September 2018

  • Wedding Congratulations To Billy & Margaret Handicap (Class 5)
  • 5f, Soft (Heavy in places)
  • 20 Runners
  • Winner£4,787.002nd£1,424.003rd£712.004th£356.005th£300.006th£300.007th£300.008th£300.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:1m 0.98sOff time:16:51:05
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1
(3)
39-9OR: 70
8/1

Kicked off her career over 1m on the AW, but has gradually dropped back in trip in handicap company; best effort yet when a close up third to Gullane One at Hamilton in July (6f); first try at 5f, but on a vastly different surface.

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2
(16)
59-9OR: 69BF
6/1

Demonstrated some useful 5f form in 2017 (beaten a nose on heavy ground at Haydock off a 16lb higher mark), but has made little impact so far in 2018, and remains a turf maiden (0-23).

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3
(6)
79-5OR: 65D
12/1

Compact 7yo, who hasn't always delivered exactly what he promises, but is a formidable opponent when on song; wide draw not helpful at Catterick latest (showed speed), but 6lb higher than when winning at Beverley; blinkers effect wearing off?

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4
(13)
59-5OR: 65D
12/1

Hasn't won since his days with Charles Hills in 2015 (5f heavy); trip/ground ideal, but this will be a mighty training performance even by Adrian Keatley standards to bring him back to the winners enclosure from an 11 month absence.

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5
(20)
39-5OR: 66D
16/1

Sole win came as a juvenile over this trip in June 2017 (Hamilton); three-time runner up in 2018 (5f-6f) and sneaking up the weights as a result; handled soft ground well enough latest (6f); cheekpieces now applied seeking that extra edge.

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6
(10)
89-1OR: 61D
14/1

By far his best recent efforts have come at Catterick (5f), including last week when a clear second best to the prolific Captain Lars; different conditions today, but possible that he will be able to race either side from his mid-pack draw.

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7
(8)
39-1OR: 62D
8/1

Has proved in the past that she handles cut in the ground, and despite not being a regular winner is fairly consistent overall; stayed on late to take second behind the progressive Boudica Bay (5f, good) at Catterick last week.

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8
(11)
49-1OR: 61D
25/1

Blinkers were applied at Musselburgh latest (dropped back to 5f), and he ran out a short-head winner from Mr Shelby; more to do off a 5b higher mark in a more competitive contest (Class 5).

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9
(19)
59-0OR: 60D
17/2

Hasn't won for over 12 months, but is racing from a 13lb lower mark now as a result, and whilst largely unproven on soft ground, an eye-catching Ascot third (Class 3) suggests she'll handle the conditions; win possibilities at a price.

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10
(9)
38-12OR: 59BF
7/1

Still a maiden after ten starts, but has found only one horse stronger in three of her last four starts (all over 6f); pacy type who could prove vulnerable late in the race (on testing ground) despite the drop back to 5f.

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11
(17)
48-11OR: 57CD
16/1

Lukewarm rather than hot in 2018, but more like it at Hamilton latest (5f, good to soft) when finishing just under 3L third to the progressive Guardia Svizzera; capable off this handy mark if able to build upon that effort, stablemate of Mininggold.

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12
(12)
98-10OR: 56CD
50/1

Veteran who has been here and has got the t-shirt in previous years; broadly consistent since winning at Hamilton in June (5f, good to firm); valid excuses latest, but others are preferred.

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13
(14)
58-9OR: 55CD
12/1

The AW seemingly isn't his preferred surface, so his latest run is best ignored; 3lb higher than when scoring at Thirsk (6f, good to soft) in August and back to a more suitable track with cut underfoot; possible player.

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14
(15)
38-9OR: 56D
25/1

Her sole success came on soft/heavy ground (5f) at Tipperary in May; showed more on her third start for this trainer at Catterick latest (seventh), and hasn't too much to find with runner-up Mable Lee.

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15
(1)
68-6OR: 52CD
8/1

Mark on the slide after some unconvincing runs at this track (5f-6f) throughout the summer, but a fraction more promising behind today's rival One Boy at Hamilton latest (third); trainer saddles three runners.

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16
(18)
58-5OR: 50D
20/1

Sizeable individual who delivered after some reasonable runs at this track (5f-6f) over the summer when finally breaking his duck at the 20th attempt at Newcastle recently; 4lb higher; effectiveness on soft the unknown; trainer triply represented.

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17
(4)
58-5OR: 49D
33/1

0-6 for her current handler, and has had plenty of chances at this track (5f-7f); dropping like a stone in the weights, but whether she's ever capable of recapturing the pick of her Irish form looks to be highly questionable.

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18
(5)
58-5OR: 48D
66/1

Stablemate of Palavicini Run; 5lb lower than when winning at Hamilton in July 2017 (5f, good to soft), and likely to handle conditions, but we've not witnessed any degree of obvious promise so far in 2018; cheekpieces added.

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19
(2)
108-5OR: 45C
33/1

Part of the fixtures and fittings at Ayr Racecourse and a grand servant to his trainer Jim Goldie over the years, but he's on a long losing streak now and seemingly well past his best; 6f suits him far better in any case.

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20
(7)
38-4OR: 45
80/1

Stablemate of Mable Lee (holds far more compelling claims); regressive 12-race maiden; few signs that status will be changing anytime soon; no chance.

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Betting

Forecast

Rasheeq (6/1), Liamba (7/1), Mable Lee (8/1), Broken Wings (8/1), Star Cracker (8/1), Mininggold (17/2), One Boy (12/1), Sahreej (12/1), Racquet (12/1), Pearl Acclaim (14/1), Hot Hannah (16/1), Danehill Desert (16/1), Brendan (20/1), Pavers Pride (25/1), Summerseat Dream (25/1), Goninodaethat (33/1), Palavicini Run (33/1), Imperial Legend (50/1), Dutch Dream (66/1), House Of Cards (80/1)

Verdict

An absolute cavalry charge, where quite simply you pay your money and take your chance. Three against the field are Mable Lee (stall 8), Racquet (stall 14) and MININGGOLD (stall 19). The Iain Jardine-trained runner is perhaps the most obvious of that trio after her staying on second to Boudica Bay at Catterick last week (Summerseat Dream seventh), but she's passed over in search of a better priced alternative. Racquet isn't at his strongest on an artificial surface, so his latest Newcastle run is ignored, but he remains attractively treated with proven soft ground form, whilst very similar comments apply to the selection, who gets the tentative nod.
  1. Mininggold
  2. Mable Lee
  3. Racquet

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