13:15 Ayr

Sunday 19 January 2020

All12:4013:1513:5014:2515:0015:3016:00

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Class 4  |   3m 70y  |   Heavy  |   7 Runners  |   Turf

Weighed In

Off time: 13:15  |   Winning time: 6m 34.97s

1st
2
4/6f
T: G ElliottJ: Adrian Heskin
Held up in touch on outside, closed 7th, led 4 out, pressed last, ridden and stayed on well flat op 8/13 tchd 4/7
2nd
2 ½
3
510-12
33/1
T: I A DuncanJ: C O'Farrell
Held up in rear, headway 4 out, went 2nd before 2 out, every chance last, soon hung left, no impression towards finish op 25/1
3rd
19
1
9/4
T: A M ThomsonJ: Ryan Mania
Held up in touch on inside, challenged 4 out until after 3 out, weakened from 2 out op 11/4
4th
2 ½
4
20/1
T: N G RichardsJ: R D Day
Held up in touch, not fluent 2nd, lost place before 4 out, weakened approaching 3 out op 16/1
5th
23
6
14/1
T: M TodhunterJ: Danny Cook
Prominent, led after 2nd, headed after next, led before 4th, not fluent 7th, soon headed, weakened before 3 out op 10/1 tchd 12/1

Also Ran

PU
5
710-12
250/1
T: W ColtherdJ: Sam Coltherd (3)
Led until slow 1st, prominent, lost place before 4th, not fluent and last next, mistake and behind 7th, pulled up before next
PU
7
50/1
T: Miss Lucinda V RussellJ: Blair Campbell (3)
Led 1st, headed after 2nd, led after next, headed before 4th, led after 7th, headed 4 out, soon weakened, blundered badly 3 out, pulled up before 2 out

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Betting

Forecast

Escaria Ten (4/6), Empire Steel (9/4), Western Aussie (14/1), Skiddaw Tara (20/1), Portstorm (33/1), Calle Malva (50/1), St Basil (250/1)

Verdict
Empire Steel renews rivalry with Skiddaw Tara, and despite an incurred 6lb penalty should confirm Carlisle placings on a similarly testing racing surface, while Martin Todhunter's Western Aussie appears virtually guaranteed to appreciate stepping up in trip. However, it would take a brave and hardy soul to oppose the Gordon Elliott-trained (McNeill Family-owned) ESCARIA TEN. This £100,000 purchase dug very deep for pressure when breaking the maiden at Cork (3m, soft) a fortnight ago and can swiftly double-up on the opposite side of the Irish Sea.
  1. Escaria Ten
  2. Empire Steel
  3. Western Aussie

Previous Winners

2019
Ask Ben
Weight: 11-4  |Age: 6
Weight: 11-4  |  
Age: 6  |  
J: Kielan Woods
  |  
T: G McPherson
4/5
Prize Money
1st:
£4,289.00
2nd:
£1,259.00
3rd:
£630.00
4th:
£315.00

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