14:30 Ayr Wed 22 May 2019
Not easy to win with nowadays, his last three successes coming in 2013, 2015 and 2017. Needs to improve on recent form and down the field at Thirsk (7f, good to firm; 25-1) 23 days ago. Drop in trip may help.
Moderate form in three AW starts for this trainer, but combination of first-time visor and seemingly generous rating back on turf enough to ensure he's not completely overlooked. Watch betting.
Always shown her best form on turf (won three time over 6f in 2018). Hasn't truly progressed this season, well beaten in handicap at Thirsk (6f, good) last month. Now dipped below previous win-mark.
Has seen less action than most of these, mostly at around 7f/1m. Has slipped to what ought to be a workable mark, though failed to beat a rival home over 5f at Hamilton last time. Blinkers tried here.
Remains a maiden after 22 Flat runs, though recent reappearance over 5f on the AW at Wolverhampton was encouraging. Trainer runs a handful in this contest, betting check can reveal plenty more.
Doesn't do a lot of winning, though his one success from 29 came over C&D a year ago, rated 9lb lower at the time. Has twice run well over 5f at Musselburgh lately from this mark and extra furlong ought to suit now.
6f winner on soft-ground at Redcar in October, his second win in 13 starts on turf. Ran well on AW reappearance recently and entitled to be considered with that run behind him.
Course winner over a mile back in 2016, also scored last September over 6f on soft-ground at Hamilton from a 5lb lower mark. May have needed reappearance on AW at Newcastle last month and should be competitive now.
Sole win for Charlie Hills was in 2016. Low-mileage for this trainer and shaped with plenty promise on second start over 6f at Dundalk; should have a say in this.
Twice-placed 11-race maiden has some pieces of form that would give him good place claims at least. One of five for the trainer and the mount of Paul Hanagan, noted.
Course winner over 5f in each of the last two years, though 0-10 here since scoring last August. Won over minimum trip on the AW at Newcastle 23 days ago, making all in a weak affair.
Strapping gelding who has his issues with the starting stalls (twice withdrawn last year); 2¼L fourth of 10 to Star Cracker in handicap at Newcastle (5f) 23 days ago, making up good late ground. Chance if he behaves.
Thirsk winner over this trip on good to soft last summer (rated 3lb higher). Nothing out of the ordinary in three recent AW starts but fitness building and could offer more back on turf / returned to 6f. One of five for trainer.
Ran well when runner-up in first time blinkers over 5f at Newcastle in February, not quite as good next time and poor on turf at Redcar (6f, good to firm) last month. Needs new cheekpieces to provoke a reaction, seemingly.
Just one win since July 2015, and she's not one to rely on with losing sequence now stretched to 15. Modest record at this venue.
Form in handicaps on the AW not devoid of promise, though only tenth of 14 in handicap at Redcar (1m, good; 12-1) 20 days ago and remains a frustrating sort to be getting involved with.
Last Year's Winner
|8||Fintry Flyer||4||8-12||16/1||Full Result|
|T: J S GoldieJ: P J McDonald|
Mr Shelby (9/2), Ninjago (6/1), Tai Sing Yeh (7/1), Havana Go (9/1), Cupid's Arrow (12/1), Brendan (12/1), Red Cymbal (12/1), Loulin (12/1), The Bull (12/1), Firsteen (14/1), Tadaany (14/1), Jessie Allan (20/1), Thorntoun Lady (20/1), Star Cracker (25/1), Raffle King (25/1), Racquet (25/1), Joey Boy (33/1)
- Raffle King
- Tai Sing Yeh
- Mr Shelby
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