13:30 Ayr

Thursday 20 September 2018

All13:3014:0014:3015:0515:3516:1016:4517:20
  • EBF Novice Stakes (Plus 10)
  • Class 4  |   1m  |   Soft (Heavy in places)  |   11 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 13:31  |   Winning time: 1m 46.97s
1
(8)
Dark Jedi27
Age: 2|  Weight: 9-8| J: Harry Bentley| T: C Hills
11/10
Slowly away and detached early on, but finished runner-up in a Salisbury Listed contest last month (1m, good); previously a debut winner on good to soft (Ffos Las), so can be expected to handle the underfoot conditions.
2
(10)
100/1
Started 50/1 when finishing last of nine on debut at Musselburgh (7f, good) behind stablemate Caballero; massive improvement required.
4
(4)
Bullion Bossp20
Age: 2|  Weight: 9-2| J: T Eaves| T: M Dods| OR:  77
9/1
€100,000 yearling; has shown reasonable form in all three career starts (7f-1m+); ultimately proved no match for the Roger Varian-trained Three Comets at Hamilton latest (1m+ good to soft), but that was a fair effort in the context of today's race.
5
(1)
Deebee
Age: 2|  Weight: 9-2| J: D Tudhope| T: D Carroll
14/1
60,000gns yearling; first foal by an unraced dam (Tooraweeenah) who was a half-sister to the 1m juvenile Group 1 winner Mus-If and the 1m2f Listed winner Jammaal; market helpful in assessing the credentials of this late emerging juvenile.
6
(3)
100/1
8,000gns foal (£11,000 vendor yearling); first foal out of the 7f Fibresand/1m turf winner Combustible; others likely far stronger and streetwise.
7
(7)
9/2
Kingman colt, €130,000 yearling (€145,000 juvenile); half-brother to two winners; pitched in deep on debut at York (7f, good to firm) behind the ill-fated Commanding Officer (sixth); shaped encouragingly, so of major interest despite slower ground.
8
(11)
100/1
Unraced ninth living foal by Bella Chica (5f-6f juvenile winner); half-brother to three winners including Sleepy Sioux (5f-6f); others far more appealing over this trip on soft ground; trainer doubly represented.
9
(2)
Jacko13
Age: 2|  Weight: 9-2| J: C Lee(3)| T: K R Burke
28/1
65,000gns foal, €35,000 yearling; showed early speed on his second start at Kempton recently (1m), before weakening to finish eight of 11 to Artois; not achieved enough thus far.
10
(5)
Lariat25
Age: 2|  Weight: 9-2| J: David Probert| T: A M Balding
13/2
€30,000 yearling; half-brother to three winners; started 9/2 on debut at Goodwood (1m, good to soft) last month when beaten 6¾L (third) by Two Blondes; further progress anticipated, but is required.
11
(12)
My Little Orphan22
Age: 2|  Weight: 9-2| J: D Allan| T: I Jardine
28/1
Ninth foal; half-brother to five Flat winners including in this ownership Good Boy Alfie (1m1f) and Costa Percy (1m4f+); 12/1 on debut at Musselburgh (7f, good) last month, and in finishing sixth of nine looked in need of that experience.
12
(13)
Takumi14
Age: 2|  Weight: 9-2| J: David Egan| T: R Varian
15/2
€230,000 yearling; tenth foal; half-brother to six winners including Seeharn (6f-7f); improved on his Wolverhampton debut when staying on to finish 4½L third to winning newcomer Global Hero at Salisbury (1m good to firm); further improvement likely.

Non-Runners

3
(6)
Be Proud9
Weight: 9-2|  Age: 2
T: R M Smith  J: P Mathers
NR
13
(9)
Arctic Fox17
Weight: 8-11|  Age: 2
T: R A Fahey  J: T Hamilton
NR

Forecasts

Dark Jedi (11/10), George Mallory (9/2), Lariat (13/2), Takumi (15/2), Bullion Boss (9/1), Arctic Fox (10/1), Deebee (14/1), Jacko (28/1), My Little Orphan (28/1), Be Proud (33/1), Elysian Flame (100/1), Beechwood Jude (100/1), God Of Dreams (100/1)

The Western Meeting of 2018 kicks-off with a 1m juvenile contest, and it's a guessing game as to which of these youngsters will best handle the rain-softened ground. Those with obvious form claims include the Salisbury Listed runner-up Dark Jedi (Charles Hills), the steadily improving €230,000 yearling Takumi (Roger Varian), and the exciting looking Kingman colt GEORGE MALLORY (Kevin Ryan). Although the top-weight is the safest overall option, his price will reflect that fact, so we'll side with the Ryan-trained runner who looked to be a horse in development when highly tried behind the ill-fated Commanding Officer in York's Convivial Maiden Stakes (7f).
  1. George Mallory
  2. Takumi
  3. Dark Jedi

Prize Money

1st: £6,474.002nd: £1,939.003rd: £969.004th: £485.005th: £242.006th: £122.00
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