17:40 Ayr Wed 22 May 2019
Inconspicuous start for new trainer when beaten a long way at Haydock (1m, soft; 6-1) last month. That came off a 150-day break and there was some market support. Just 2-37 all told but won from 7lb higher last year, so worth market check again.
No win in 15 attempts now, dating back to 2017. Dropping down the ratings however and had wind surgery prior to low-key Thirsk reappearance over 7f. Must do more and poor on both previous start at this venue.
Nine-race maiden who left James Eustace for 2,000 gns in July. 0-5 on Polytrack at Dundalk for shrewd new yard, but has slipped down the weights as a result, and is now tried in a tongue tie. Market check required.
Long-standing maiden of 27 starts on the Flat (placed 10 times). Back from a break here, tended to run his races last year at this track, Musselburgh and Hamilton. May need reappearance however.
28-race maiden across both codes, though some near misses over 7f at this venue and Hamilton and Musselburgh on his CV. Only beaten ½L in third 20 days ago at latter track, can be given a solid chance with reproduction of that run now.
Mare was rewarded for consistency with breakthrough success on the AW at Newcastle in January, getting up late to win over a mile. Runner-up back there last month sole start since. Must improve on previous turf form, but in good heart and worth some
Has shown plenty of pace in low-grade AW handicaps (over 1m) without looking like winning; poor on Musselburgh reappearance (7f, good to firm; 14-1) this month and has plenty more to find to open account.
Nine-race maiden, has run best races at this track, though standout effort came over 6f on good to firm last summer. Must prove he wants this trip if hoping to get head in front
Four wins in her 38-race career, all coming in 2015, and she basically looks on the downgrade these days. Struggling on the AW recently, though wasn't disgraced on previous C&D outing last summer (only sixth of nine) from 8lb higher.
Began life in handicaps with a mark of 69 in March last year, a figure that has duly plummeted with very little in the way of positives from nine starts since. Back from a break here and tough to make a case for.
Placed on just 3 of her 24 starts, she remains a maiden and few signs that status will be dropped soon. Has often been tried over staying trips (including here) to little effect. Doesn't seem a likely contender on form.
Most recent Flat success came at Hamilton over similar trip back in August 2017. Well held over 1m3f there this month (beat again since over hurdles) and will need a dramatic change in fortune to score now.
Last Year's Winner
Betty Grable (10/3), My Valentino (4/1), Mywayistheonlyway (9/2), Footstepsintime (17/2), Rosemay (9/1), Lagenda (9/1), Pacolita (10/1), Blue Whisper (12/1), Eyreborn (16/1), Skito Soldier (22/1), Retirement Beckons (25/1), Clary (33/1), Bareed (40/1), Rioja Day (40/1)
- My Valentino
- Betty Grable
- Retirement Beckons
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