14:30 Ayr

Saturday 17 September 2022

All13:2013:5514:3015:0515:4016:1516:4517:20

    Virgin Bet Ayr Silver Cup Handicap

  • 3YO plus  |   Class 2  |   6f  |   Good  |   25 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 14:36  |   Winning time: 1m 9.89s
1
(7)
Horse silk
Rathbonep22
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-12| J: Oisin McSweeney(5)| T: K A Ryan| OR:  91| D
66/1
Latest win at Hamilton in July. 18/1, ninth of 11 in handicap at Thirsk (6f, good) 22 days ago, met some trouble. Cheekpieces back on.
|
Timeform
2
(23)
Horse silk
Hyperfocusp6
Age: 8|  Weight: 9-12| J: J P Sullivan| T: T D Easterby| OR:  91| D
16/1
Latest win at Haydock in July. Creditable third of 13 in handicap at Doncaster (6.5f, good to soft, 16/1) 6 days ago. Has been reliable this season and ought to give his running again.
|
Timeform
3
(11)
Horse silk
Abolishp15
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-11| J: A Mullen| T: I Jardine| OR:  90
25/1
Ex-French/Norwegian performer ran one of his best races in the UK when second of 6 in 6f Haydock handicap 15 days ago.
|
Timeform
4
(10)
Horse silk
Dusky Lordp6
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-11| J: J Mitchell| T: R Varian| OR:  90| D
14/1
Below form tenth of 19 in handicap (16/1) at Doncaster (5.6f, good to soft) 6 days ago, left poorly placed. Cheekpieces back on. Needs a couple of these to falter.
|
Timeform
5
(1)
Horse silk
Emperor Spiritp22
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-11| J: Rossa Ryan| T: A Watson| OR:  90| D
6/1
Winning start for this yard at Chelmsford (6f) in June. Runner-up on 3 of his 5 outings since, going close at Ffos Las in first-time cheekpieces (retained) 22 days ago. Big player off the same mark.
|
Timeform
6
(15)
Horse silk
Strike Redt2
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-11| J: Mark Winn(7)| T: R A Fahey| OR:  90| BF| D
10/1
Respectable fifth of 14 in handicap (8/1) at Newcastle (6f) 2 days ago. The sort who needs things to drop right but he definitely has the ability to go close off his mark.
|
Timeform
7
(25)
Horse silk
Jump The Gunp14
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-11| J: P Mulrennan| T: I Jardine| OR:  90| C| D
10/1
Pair of 7f wins this year, the letter here in August. Run of good form came to a halt when down the field at Ascot (7f) 14 days ago. More needed if he's to defy this sort of mark on his return to sprinting.
|
Timeform
8
(3)
Horse silk
Aplomb80
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-10| J: Kevin Stott| T: Jane Chapple-Hyam| OR:  89| D
16/1
Eleven runs since last win in 2020. 17/2, respectable 3½ lengths third of 8 to Snash in handicap at Thirsk (6f, good to firm) 80 days ago.
|
Timeform
9
(24)
Horse silk
Zargun6
Age: 7|  Weight: 9-10| J: D Swift| T: S Dixon| OR:  89
40/1
Sole win in 22 starts came at Catterick last autumn. Ran a blinder when second in a big field at York off 4 lb higher in May but he's failed to scale the same heights since. Bounce back needed.
|
Timeform
10
(8)
Horse silk
Snashp35
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-10| J: D Allan| T: T D Easterby| OR:  89| CD
7/1
Saw off Aberama Gold to win over C&D in July. Shaped well when sixth of 14 in Great St Wilfrid at Ripon (6f, good to firm, 8/1) 35 days ago, having hopeless task from position. Stable's good record in this earns him a place on the shortlist.
|
Timeform
11
(20)
Horse silk
Edward Corneliush27
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-9| J: Callum Rodriguez| T: K Dalgleish| OR:  90
20/1
13/2, creditable third of 11 in handicap at Sandown (5f, good to firm) 27 days ago. It's not impossible this 3-y-o could yet have a bigger performance in him.
|
Timeform
12
(22)
Horse silk
Aberama Goldv23
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-9| J: Jason Watson| T: K Dalgleish| OR:  88| CD
10/1
C&D winner. Twenty three runs since last win in 2020. Ran poorly at Newcastle last time but had been in good form prior to that, including runner-up twice over C&D in July. Could play a part.
|
Timeform
13
(21)
Horse silk
Full Authorityt82
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-9| J: Oliver Stammers(3)| T: Jane Chapple-Hyam| OR:  88| D
33/1
Eleven runs since last win in 2020. Fifth of 6 in handicap (6/1) at Windsor (6f, good to firm) 82 days ago, unsuited by way race developed.
|
Timeform
14
(2)
Horse silk
Lovely Breezev11(ex 5)
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-9| J: C Lee| T: H Palmer| OR:  83| D
25/1
Career best when winning 8-runner handicap (3/1) at Goodwood (6f, good to soft) 11 days ago, well on top finish. Effectively 8 lb higher here (including a 5 lb penalty) so another career best will be required.
|
Timeform
15
(19)
Horse silk
Mark's Choicev18(ex 5)
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-9| J: Ryan Sexton(5)| T: A Keatley| OR:  83| C| D
25/1
In good form for new yard, enhancing his excellent Ripon record when leading late over 6f there 18 days ago. Suspicion he might be vulnerable under a penalty in this, though.
|
Timeform
16
(9)
Horse silk
Devil's Angel27
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-8| J: P J McDonald| T: Jedd O'Keeffe| OR:  87| D
28/1
Eight wins from 31 Flat runs. Latest win at Haydock in August. Respectable fifth of 11 in handicap at Sandown (5f, good to firm, 10/1) 27 days ago, nearest finish.
|
Timeform
17
(17)
Horse silk
Fortamour35
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-8| J: G Lee| T: B Haslam| OR:  87| D
40/1
Latest win at Ripon in May. Ninth of 14 in Great St Wilfrid at Ripon (6f, good to firm, 20/1) 35 days ago. Others are more obvious.
|
Timeform
18
(4)
Horse silk
Good Earth22
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-8| J: T Eaves| T: M Herrington| OR:  87| D
22/1
Enjoyed a good summer, winning 3 times over 6fd. Ran another cracker when second of 14 in Great St Wilfrid at Ripon. Latest Thirsk sixth was only respectable, though.
|
Timeform
19
(5)
Horse silk
Bernardo O'Reilly22
Age: 8|  Weight: 9-8| J: D Tudhope| T: R Spencer| OR:  87| D
20/1
Latest win at Doncaster in March. Fourth of 7 in handicap at Ffos Las (6f, good, 8/1) 22 days ago.
|
Timeform
20
(18)
Horse silk
Vintage Clarets16(ex 5)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-8| J: O J Orr| T: R A Fahey| OR:  84| C
18/1
Course winner. Back to form with a bang to win 12-runner handicap at Windsor (5f, good to firm, 12/1) 16 days ago, well positioned. 5 lb penalty but remains well treated on old form.
|
Timeform
21
(16)
Horse silk
Roman Dragon28
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-7| J: Jim Crowley| T: H Palmer| OR:  88| BF| D
28/1
Latest win at Chester in July. Respectable fourth of 9 in handicap (7/2) at Chester (5.5f, good to firm) 28 days ago.
|
Timeform
22
(14)
Horse silk
Ava Go Joep,t159
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-4| J: D Fentiman| T: T D Easterby| OR:  83| D
28/1
Won tiwce on turf in the spring. Best effort since when third of 11 in handicap (10/1) at Southwell (6f) 59 days ago. Tongue strap on first time. One of a few solid contenders from his yard.
|
Timeform
23
(6)
Horse silk
Asadjumeirahp1,t22
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-4| J: Cam Hardie| T: A Brittain| OR:  83| D
22/1
Two AW wins over ths winter and scored on turf at Thirsk in April. Creditable fourth of 11 back at Thirsk (6f, good, 17/2) 22 days ago. Cheekpieces on first time.
|
Timeform
24
(13)
Horse silk
Woven49
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-4| J: Connor Beasley| T: M Dods| OR:  83
12/1
One win from 30 starts. Seventh of 10 in handicap at Thirsk (7f, good to soft, 13/2) 49 days ago. Yard in good form but his modest strike-rate hardly makes him an obvious one for a race like this.
|
Timeform
25
(12)
Horse silk
Oso Rapido4
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-3| J: Jason Hart| T: R Fell| OR:  82| D
20/1
Latest win at Catterick in July. 11/1, good second of 14 in handicap at Redcar (6f, good) 4 days ago, running on.
|
Timeform

Forecasts

Emperor Spirit (6/1), Snash (7/1), Jump The Gun (10/1), Aberama Gold (10/1), Strike Red (10/1), Woven (12/1), Dusky Lord (14/1), Aplomb (16/1), Hyperfocus (16/1), Vintage Clarets (18/1), Bernardo O'Reilly (20/1), Edward Cornelius (20/1), Oso Rapido (20/1), Good Earth (22/1), Asadjumeirah (22/1), Abolish (25/1), Lovely Breeze (25/1), Mark's Choice (25/1), Ava Go Joe (28/1), Roman Dragon (28/1), Devil's Angel (28/1), Full Authority (33/1), Zargun (40/1), Fortamour (40/1), Rathbone (66/1)

Verdict

Staxton won this against the far rail 12 months ago and EMPEROR SPIRIT, who was clear of the rest when narrowly denied at Ffos Las recently, is taken to repeat the feat from stall 1. Tim Easterby has taken this race twice in recent years and his trio Snash, Ava Go Joe and Hyperfocus all have each-way claims. Vintage Clarets also makes the shortlist.

Previous Winners

2021
Staxton
Weight: 9-6  |Age: 6
25/1

Prize Money

1st: £30,924.002nd: £14,502.003rd: £7,254.004th: £3,624.005th: £1,812.006th: £906.00

MOST READ RACING

Sporting Life
My Stable
Follow and track your favourite Horses, Jockeys and Trainers. Never miss a race with automated alerts.
Access to exclusive features all for FREE - No monthly subscription fee
Click HERE for more information

RACING TIPS

Next Off