Saturday 19 September 2020
QTS Ayr Silver Cup Handicap
Class 2 | 6f | Good to Soft (Soft in places) | 24 Runners | Turf
Off time: 14:34 | Winning time: 1m 11.96s
Put it all together when landing this event on final start last term and confirmed his return to form when sixth of 11 in handicap at Ascot (6f) 14 days ago. Off 5 lb higher than 12 months ago though.
Dual 6f winner last summer and in good form this term until modest efforts last two starts, tried in cheekpieces when only eighth at Haydock latest. Bit to prove now.
Progressive sprinter who showed good turn of foot when ready winner of 6f Goodwood handicap 20 days ago. Has more to offer so rates a big player under a 5 lb penalty.
Inconsistent sprinter but he came good when landing 6f handicap (15/2) at Haydock 15 days ago by 2l from Danzan. Not ruled out under 5 lb penalty if on another going day.
Most progressive 6f handicapper last winter, scoring at Newcastle (3) then at Southwell when last seen on track 6 months ago. Has more to offer so interesting back on turf and worth a market check.
C&D winner who was also third in this contest 12 months ago. Arrives on back of respectable sixth in handicap at York (7f) 55 days ago so much respected off a 3 lb lower mark.
C&D winner who posted creditable sixth of 16 in handicap (12/1) at York (6f) 13 days ago. Handles a soft surface really well so not ruled out.
Impressive winner of valuable 6.5f sales race at Doncaster on only 2nd start and excellent second to Starman in novice there on belated return, pair clear. Gets in on attractive mark so one to beat.
22/1, career best when readily winning 14-runner handicap at Doncaster (6f, good to firm) 9 days ago. In the mix saddling 5 lb penalty.
Latest win at Newcastle in June and creditable fifth of 11 in handicap (6/1) at Chester (6.1f) 7 days ago. One for the shortlist.
Latest win at York in July and not disgraced when seventh of 11 in handicap at Chester (6.1f) 7 days ago, not enjoying best of runs. C&D winner so worth considering.
Twenty runs since last win in 2018, and last of 5 in handicap (4/1) at Chelmsford City (8f) 6 days ago. Cheekpieces tried now with plenty to prove.
Eleven runs since last win in 2019 but had wind op before very good second of 11 in handicap at Ascot (6f) 14 days ago, caught only final strides. Not taken lightly off unchanged mark.
Losing run is mounting up but he arrives in good form, second of 14 in handicap at Chelmsford City (7f) 28 days ago. Sixth in this contest 12 months ago and another solid run is on the cards.
Winless since his debut but arrives in decent form, cheekpieces on when third of 9 in handicap (13/2) at Goodwood (5f) 51 days ago. Needs a bit more here though if he's to regain winning ways.
Without a win since 2018 but (tongue strap on) showed signs of a revival when third of 7 to Hyperfocus in handicap at Haydock (6f) 15 days ago. Headgear retained so not dismissed.
Latest win at Ripon in July but he beat only one in Great St Wilfrid Handicap there 34 days ago. Needs to bounce back.
Gelded and off 9 months before below-par fourteenth of 21 in handicap (80/1) at Royal Ascot (5f) on only start this term. Fairly useful winning juvenile though so not written off yet.
Seventeen runs since his last win in 2018, but largely in good form this season and raced too freely at Doncaster (6.5f) 8 days ago. Another for the shortlist.
Only one win from 11 starts but (14/1) posted respectable eighth of 16 in handicap at York (6f) 13 days ago. Bit more needed here though.
Reliable sort and dual 7f winner this summer. Failed to stay tried over 1m at Thirsk 15 days ago so not dismissed now back to more suitable trip.
King's Lynn (4/1), Atalanta's Boy (6/1), Admirality (17/2), Golden Apollo (10/1), Bernardo O'Reilly (14/1), Rathbone (14/1), Byline (14/1), Arbalet (16/1), Lord Oberon (16/1), Magical Spirit (18/1), Aplomb (18/1), Get Knotted (18/1), Aberama Gold (20/1), Danzan (20/1), Brian The Snail (22/1), I Am A Dreamer (25/1), Hyperfocus (28/1), Northernpowerhouse (33/1), Louie de Palma (33/1), Muscika (33/1), Show Me Show Me (40/1), Illusionist (40/1), Wasntexpectingthat (40/1), Citron Major (66/1), Dylan De Vega (80/1)
KING'S LYNN is very short on experience for a race of this nature but there's no doubting he has been underestimated for his handicap bow so Andrew Balding's improving 3-y-o is impossible to side against after chasing home the smart Starman at Doncaster on his return. Atalanta's Boy is feared most on the back of his taking Goodwood win, while Wasntexpectingthat and Admirality are much respected.
- KING'S LYNN
- ATALANTA'S BOY