14:30 Ayr Wed 22 May 2019

  • Heverlee Handicap (Class 6)
  • 6f, Good to Firm
  • 16 Runners
  • Winner£3,105.002nd£924.003rd£462.004th£300.005th£300.006th£300.007th£300.008th£300.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:1m 12.94sOff time:14:36:48
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1
(14)
99-12OR: 60D
6/1

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.

2
(6)
49-9OR: 57D
12/1

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.

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3
(12)
89-7OR: 55CD
20/1

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.

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4
(8)
49-7OR: 55
9/1

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.

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5
(2)
59-6OR: 54
25/1

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.

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6
(15)
59-6OR: 54CD
9/2

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.

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7
(17)
59-5OR: 53D
12/1

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.

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9
(13)
79-5OR: 53CD
14/1

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.

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10
(3)
59-4OR: 52
7/1

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.

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11
(10)
49-4OR: 52
12/1

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.

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12
(7)
79-1OR: 49CD
25/1

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.

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13
(1)
69-1OR: 49
12/1

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.

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14
(11)
69-1OR: 49CD
25/1

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.

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15
(4)
39-0OR: 57
33/1

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.

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16
(9)
99-0OR: 48D
20/1

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.

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17
(16)
38-11OR: 54
14/1

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.

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Non-Runners

8
(5)
The Bull29
49-5OR: 53
T: B HaslamJ: A Mullen

Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
8Fintry Flyer48-1216/1Full Result
T: J S GoldieJ: P J McDonald

Betting

Forecast

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)

Verdict

Just about as wide-open as a low-grade 17-runner sprint here ought to be. Mr Shelby gained his only victory so far at this track and is in good form while Tai Sing Yeh showed enough on the AW at Dundalk on second start for these connections to warrant a close look. Red Cymbal and Tadaany are a pair that could be involved, with market moves to be noted, but perhaps RAFFLE KING might be the one for mob-handed trainer Ruth Carr. He shaped with some promise on the AW in his comeback and wouldn't be out of place landing a race from his lowly-rating based on his best form. His stablemates Loulin and Racquet also have their merits.
  1. Raffle King
  2. Tai Sing Yeh
  3. Mr Shelby

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