13:14 Ayr

Tuesday 27 September 2022

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    Virgin Bet Apprentice Handicap

  • 3YO plus  |   Class 4  |   1m  |   Good to Soft (Good in places)  |   7 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 13:14  |   Winning time: 1m 44.7s
1
(8)
Horse silk
Hartswood67
Age: 5|  Weight: 10-2| J: Connor Murtagh| T: R A Fahey| OR:  80| D
8/1
Last of 4 in handicap (6/1) at York (7.9f, good to firm) 67 days ago, needing stronger gallop. Down another 4 lb and also eased in grade, he has to be of interest.
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2
(7)
Horse silk
Harswell Duke42
Age: 4|  Weight: 10-0| J: Jonny Peate(3)| T: R Fell| OR:  78
5/2
17/2, creditable fifth of 9 in handicap at Hamilton (9.2f, good to soft) 42 days ago. Reproduction of that effort would put him firmly in the picture.
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3
(2)
Horse silk
Shaladarp23
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-11| J: Oisin McSweeney(3)| T: K A Ryan| OR:  79| D
9/2
Latest win at Hamilton in July. 14/1, eleventh of 15 in handicap at York (10.2f, good) 23 days ago. Back down in trip and looks vulnerable.
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4
(1)
Horse silk
Poet's Dawn30
Age: 7|  Weight: 9-8| J: Brandon Wilkie(7)| T: T D Easterby| OR:  72| D
8/1
Didn't need to improve to win 12-runner handicap (5/1) at Beverley (8.4f, good to firm) 30 days ago, digging deep. More needed up 4 lb, but he's likely to give it a good shot.
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5
(4)
Horse silk
Tommy G6
Age: 9|  Weight: 9-6| J: Shannon Watts(7)| T: J S Goldie| OR:  70| CD
5/1
Three-time C&D winner. Latest win here in September. Below form fifth of 11 in handicap (8/1) at Goodwood (9f, good) 6 days ago. Definite chance back at this venue.
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6
(6)
Horse silk
Merricourtp52
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-5| J: Poppy Wilson(7)| T: I Jardine| OR:  69| BF| CD
20/1
C&D winner. 11/4, below form fourth of 8 in handicap at this course (7.2f, good) 52 days ago, left poorly placed. By no means ruled out but will probably find one or two too good.
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8
(5)
Horse silk
Engles Rockp11
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-3| J: Ryan Sexton(3)| T: Miss Lucinda V Russell| OR:  67| CD
7/2
Three wins from 10 runs this year. Won 14-runner handicap at this C&D (good, 10/1) 11 days ago, suited by way race developed. High on the shortlist.
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Non-Runners

7
(3)
Horse silk
Alpine Sierra1
Weight: 9-4|  Age: 4
T: K Dalgleish  J: Zak Wheatley
NR
9
(9)
Horse silk
Ayr Poet1
Weight: 9-1|  Age: 7
T: J S Goldie  J: Amie Waugh
NR

Forecasts

Harswell Duke (5/2), Engles Rock (7/2), Shaladar (9/2), Tommy G (5/1), Ayr Poet (5/1), Poet's Dawn (8/1), Hartswood (8/1), Alpine Sierra (10/1), Merricourt (20/1)

Verdict

Cases can be made for the majority of these. HARTSWOOD was too free in a steadily-run race at York last time and, having hinted at a return to form on his penultimate start at Newcastle, he is taken to strike off a reduced mark down in grade here. Recent C&D winner Engles Rock is feared most, though Tommy G looks dangerous and Harswell Duke is also strongly considered.

Previous Winners

2021
Gweedore
Weight: 10-0  |Age: 4
9/4

Prize Money

1st: £5,616.002nd: £2,636.003rd: £1,319.004th: £659.005th: £300.006th: £300.00

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