15:40 Ayr

Saturday 18 September 2021

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    Virgin Bet Ayr Gold Cup Handicap (Heritage Handicap)

  • 3YO plus  |   Class 2  |   6f  |   Good (Good to Soft in places)  |   24 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 15:43  |   Winning time: 1m 10.03s
1
(22)
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Summerghandv14(ex 5)
Age: 7|  Weight: 10-1| J: S B Kirrane(5)| T: D O'Meara| OR:  107| D
25/1
Smart gelding who notched his third win of 2021 in 6f listed race at Newmarket in August. Not disgraced in face of stiff task when eighth in Sprint Cup at Haydock but 5 lb penalty demands career best.
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2
(1)
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Great Ambassador13(ex 5)
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-9| J: R Kingscote| T: E Walker| OR:  101| D
3/1
Highly progressive sort who made it 3-5 since joining Ed Walker with impressive 6f listed win at York. Another bold showing is likely back in handicap company under a 5 lb penalty.
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3
(2)
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Commanche Fallsp49
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-8| J: Connor Beasley| T: M Dods| OR:  105| CD
13/2
Building up a cracking strike rate, getting up late when recording his fourth win of the year in Stewards' Cup at Goodwood. Up another 4 lb but he's well cut out for the demands of a race like this.
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4
(8)
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Gulliverp,t6
Age: 7|  Weight: 9-6| J: Jason Watson| T: D O'Meara| OR:  103| D
14/1
Winless this term, but excellent efforts of late when in the frame in Stewards' Cup at Goodwood and big-field Curragh handicap. Placed in this event in 2019 too, so he's high on the shortlist.
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5
(12)
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Brad The Brief35
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-5| J: Pierre-Louis Jamin(5)| T: Tom Dascombe| OR:  102| D
50/1
Smart 6f winner in 2020 but he's proving more miss than hit this term, beating only one in Great St Wilfrid at Ripon last time. Others are preferred.
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6
(13)
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Mr Luptonp135
Age: 8|  Weight: 9-5| J: Oisin McSweeney(7)| T: R A Fahey| OR:  102| D
33/1
Third in this race 12 months ago but he's been a long way below his best since striking at York (6f) in May. Can't be discounted though with cheekpieces tried now and yard in good nick.
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7
(14)
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Snazzy Jazzy31
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-4| J: Laura Pearson(3)| T: L A Mullaney| OR:  101| CD
40/1
Silver Cup winner here during his time with Clive Cox. Yet to hit top form in four runs for his new yard this term, seventh of 22 in handicap at York (5.4f) 31 days ago. Others appeal more.
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8
(9)
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Venturous7
Age: 8|  Weight: 9-3| J: G F Carroll| T: T D Barron| OR:  100| D
50/1
Bagged a third win of 2021 in 6f handicap at York in July but never able to land a blow in Portland handicap at Doncaster last time. Others are more persuasive.
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9
(6)
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Fivethousandtoone13
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-3| J: G Lee| T: A M Balding| OR:  102| D
14/1
Useful 6f juvenile winner who got back on track when third of 4 to Great Ambassador in 6f listed race at York 13 days ago. No forlorn hope now going into handicaps.
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10
(20)
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Edraak15
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-3| J: Theodore Ladd(3)| T: M Appleby| OR:  100| BF| D
33/1
Gained a third win of 2021 at Windsor in June and not discredited when fourth both starts since there and at Haydock. Still quite low mileage, and much respected.
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11
(23)
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Sunday Sovereignt28(ex 5)
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-3| J: T Eaves| T: T D Easterby| OR:  95| D
50/1
Ex-Irish gelding who got back to winning ways in 5.5f handicap at Chester 28 days ago. Had a bit left in the locker there so he shouldn't be underestimated under a 5 lb penalty.
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12
(17)
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Pendletonp31
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-2| J: C Lee| T: M Dods| OR:  99| D
40/1
Likeable sprinter who won at York in May. Not at his best in two runs since, though he looked rusty after a break back there last month and not written off by any means for good yard.
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(16)
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Mr Wagyuv7
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-2| J: Jason Hart| T: J J Quinn| OR:  99| CD
18/1
Registered his fifth win of 2021 in Stewards' Sprint at Goodwood in July and posted another good effort when sixth in the Portland at Doncaster last time. C&D scorer too, so he needs considering.
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15
(15)
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Motagallyb20
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-1| J: P Hanagan| T: C Hills| OR:  98| BF| D
33/1
Dual handicap winner in blinkers last year and he got back on track with headgear refitted when fourth at Goodwood (6f) 20 days ago. Not totally dismissed.
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16
(10)
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Volatile Analyst35
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-1| J: Callum Rodriguez| T: K Dalgleish| OR:  98| CD
28/1
Successful at York in May but he beat only one in 7f handicap at Doncaster 35 days ago. C&D winner and still has few miles on the clock so he shouldn't be written off.
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17
(24)
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Abovet191
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-1| J: Daniel Muscutt| T: S C Williams| OR:  98| D
80/1
Useful 6f/7f winner but he hasn't been at his best in two runs at Epsom and Ascot since returning from a break. Others have more compelling claims.
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18
(3)
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Hey Jonesyp49
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-1| J: Megan Nicholls| T: K A Ryan| OR:  98| D
33/1
Not straightforward and more bad runs than good since last summer's Wokingham victory (sixth this year) when sporting first-time blinkers. Well held in this last year and others more convincing.
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19
(25)
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Bielsa49
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-1| J: Kevin Stott| T: K A Ryan| OR:  98| D
15/2
Proved a disappointment last season, but he has been much better in 2021 and good sixth when racing alone in centre of track in Stewards' Cup at Goodwood last time. Worth considering eased 1 lb now.
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20
(11)
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Popmasterb114(ex 5)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-1| J: Hollie Doyle| T: E Walker| OR:  95| BF| D
15/2
Progressive sort who bagged his second 6f handicap success at Ascot a fortnight ago. Less exposed than most of these and in the mix under a 5 lb penalty. Blinkers go on too.
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21
(18)
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Just Frankp22(ex 5)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-1| J: P Mulrennan| T: J L Eyre| OR:  95| D
15/2
Relished the return to 6f when impressively making all at Thirsk last month. Saddles 5 lb penalty but weighted to go close again. Interesting contender.
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22
(7)
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Lexington Dash14
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-0| J: J Fanning| T: R Hannon| OR:  97| D
66/1
Doncaster winner in May and been shaping better than his form figures since would suggest, not ideally placed when last of 7 to Popmaster at Ascot last time. No forlorn hope.
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23
(19)
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Lahore31
Age: 7|  Weight: 9-0| J: Rowan Scott| T: Phillip Makin| OR:  97| D
80/1
Made into a very useful sprinter in 2020, scoring twice, but he's yet to fire in four runs this term. Sixth in this contest 12 months ago and he needs to get back on track.
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24
(21)
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Ostilio21
Age: 6|  Weight: 8-13| J: Billy Garritty(3)| T: P T Midgley| OR:  96
14/1
7f listed winner in 2020 for the Crisfords who has slowly found his form for current yard, catching the eye when strong-finishing fourth in 5f listed race at Beverley 21 days ago. Player back at 6f.
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25
(4)
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Count D'Orsay7
Age: 5|  Weight: 8-13| J: D Allan| T: T D Easterby| OR:  96
16/1
It's now fourteen runs since his last win in 2020 but he posted good third of 16 in Portland at Doncaster (5.6f) 7 days ago, nearest finish. Ought to be competitive again.
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Non-Runners

13
(5)
Horse silk
Chiefofchiefs21
Weight: 9-2|  Age: 8
T: C Fellowes  J: Non Runner
NR

Forecasts

Great Ambassador (3/1), Commanche Falls (13/2), Bielsa (15/2), Popmaster (15/2), Just Frank (15/2), Fivethousandtoone (14/1), Gulliver (14/1), Ostilio (14/1), Chiefofchiefs (14/1), Count D'Orsay (16/1), Mr Wagyu (18/1), Summerghand (25/1), Volatile Analyst (28/1), Motagally (33/1), Edraak (33/1), Hey Jonesy (33/1), Mr Lupton (33/1), Pendleton (40/1), Snazzy Jazzy (40/1), Venturous (50/1), Brad The Brief (50/1), Sunday Sovereign (50/1), Lexington Dash (66/1), Lahore (80/1), Above (80/1)

Verdict

Paul Midgley has few peers in the sprinting sphere and his OSTILIO, who really caught the eye when a fast-finishing fourth in the Beverley Bullet, is taken to capitalise on a very handy mark now he reverts to 6f. Great Ambassador arrives on a hat-trick and is feared most under a 5 lb penalty, with Stewards' Cup hero Commanche Falls and resurgent Thirsk scorer Just Frank also firmly in the picture.

  1. OSTILIO
  2. GREAT AMBASSADOR
  3. COMMANCHE FALLS

Previous Winners

2020
Nahaarr
Weight: 9-5  |Age: 4
7/2

Prize Money

1st: £77,310.002nd: £36,255.003rd: £18,135.004th: £9,060.005th: £4,530.006th: £2,265.00

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