17:05 Ayr Wed 22 May 2019
- Tsingtao Apprentice Handicap (Div 1) (Class 6)
- 14 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Regular on the AW at Newcastle this winter, though no win there since September. Knows this place well and has 3 wins in 29 starts at the track, nothing since 2017 however. Needs things to fall just right.
C&D winner in July last year off a mark of 9lb lower than this one, also won twice at Musselburgh last summer, including off 64. Has had a couple of recent spins on the AW to boost fitness.
Declaration Of War colt, cost 30,000 gns as a yearling. Modest form shown so far in Ireland and will need to take a step forward to make this raid a successful one.
Six-year-old with modest 2-40 strike-rate, though sole turf success came over C&D 12 months ago. Rated only 3lb higher now, though hasn't threatened in couple of recent outings.
Sole win came at this track (1m1f, good to firm) last year, when 6lb higher. Form has been in decline since then so hard to get excited about his chance, though did shape with more promise last time at Hamilton (only beat 2¼L).
Just the one Flat win to his name that coming on his debut over 7f, soft back in 2016 with plenty of defeats in handicaps since then at various trips. Chance based on ¾L defeat at Musselburgh (1m1f, good to firm; 20-1) early this month.
1-42 career record tells its own story, twice went close on the AW at Southwell after wind surgery early this year; though tossed in the towel very quickly over 1m4f there latest. Not the most reliable.
A 25-race maiden but ran surprisingly well on debut for current yard when 33-1 second at Chelmsford in March off this mark. Since run fair race at Wolverhampton, now attempts to find some positives back on turf.
€12,000 Elzaam half-brother to winners in Italy and Slovakia, has merely hinted at ability in his short career to date. Well held 50-1 poke at Musselburgh over 7f in this grade last week sporting first-time cheekpieces (retained).
Experienced Lawman gelding, course winner over 7f in 2017, also got head in front at Musselburgh in October that year (both from this sort of low mark). Rarely threatened last year and reappearance not an encouraging one.
A heavy ground 1m Ayr winner for Keith Dalgleish in late 2017; woeful on all four starts in 2019 (two of those were over hurdles); latest over 7f at Musselburgh this month (66-1). Hard to make any case for.
Picked up a Class 6 Nottingham handicap last summer over an extended-mile, his only win from 15 attempts so far. Form rapidly tailed off afterwards, no obvious reason for turnaround back from 240-day layoff.
Mare is an eight-race maiden, with few positives along the way. Sent off 100-1 and beaten close to 15L in a seller at Thirsk (6f, good to soft) 11 days ago, she's up against it back up in trip.
22-race maiden in Ireland on the Flat/over jumps, though has at times shown glimpses of ability that would allow her entertain the notion of winning a race like this; although not strictly since joining this trainer. Watch betting.
Last Year's Winner
War Advocate (7/2), Testa Rossa (4/1), Rebel State (9/2), Jackhammer (6/1), Pudding Chare (13/2), Thecornishbarron (8/1), Lucky Violet (11/1), Captain Peaky (12/1), Elzaa (20/1), Morley Gunner (22/1), Let Right Be Done (33/1), Foxy Rebel (33/1), Circuit (50/1), Quiet Moment (50/1)
- Pudding Chare
- Rebel State
Next Race Off
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Ben Coley takes over nap duty for one day only - and he's heading to Yarmouth, where Ed Vaughan can score with Nasee.