September 23 / 15.35 Ayr

15.35

Good To Soft

Virgin Bet Ayr Gold Cup Handicap (Heritage Handicap)

  • Prize money: £92772
  • 0m 6f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 24 runners
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Virgin Bet Ayr Gold Cup Handicap (Heritage Handicap)

Runners: 24 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

9/1 (Won)

  • Win: £9.00
  • Place: £1.90

Form: -41262 D

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict
Strong handicap form as a 3yo, including a Royal Ascot success; tumbled down the weights after a barren 2022 and coaxed back to his best by Julie Camacho, winning at Haydock in July and running well in the Stewards' Cup (sixth) and again when missing out narrowly in last week's Portland; 2lb well in but others may have his measure here.
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6th

4

(3)

4th May 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:55 Newmarket

Significantly

9st 9lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Julie Camacho

Flying high in the autumn and impressed in the way he overcame trouble in running to win the Ayr Gold Cup (6f, good to soft; effective on good); used to be versatile trip-wise but today will test that theory as he runs only intermittently at 5f now and is up against talented 5f specialists.

16/1

2nd
13 (12)
Ramazan

14/1

  • Place: £4.10

Form: -39191 D

Last run: 44 days

W: 9st 7lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 101

Form & Verdict
Sprint promise as a 2yo but it has been over 7f that he's really kicked on this summer, winning Class 2 handicaps at Haydock and Chepstow either side of a good run in a valuable Ascot event; still has some upside but dropping in trip isn't sure to be of benefit.
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8th

9

(7)

8th Jun 2024

Good

0m 7f 37y

Class 1

15:35 Haydock

Ramazan

9st 2lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Richard Fahey

Had an improving profile in handicaps last season prior to Listed near-miss at Redcar (7f, good) in October; another big run when beaten just a head in the Victoria Cup Handicap at Ascot (7f, good) four weeks ago and he's in calculations on the back of that effort; stable is in excellent form.

6/1

2nd

3

(18)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Ramazan

9st 8lb

J: Joe Leavy

T: Richard Fahey

took keen hold, raced in second

12/1

2nd

3

(18)

11th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Ascot

Ramazan

9st 8lb

J: Joe Leavy

T: Richard Fahey

took keen hold, raced in second

12/1

33/1

  • Place: £3.70

Form: 631197 C

Last run: 8 days

W: 9st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Prominent racer who has been a flag bearer for his trainer, adding another three 7f handicaps to his record this year; has his first run at 6f today and nothing to suggest there's any juice left in his handicap mark.
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9th

3

(6)

27th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 212y

Class 2

14:45 Haydock

Gweedore

9st 5lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Katie Scott

prominent

11/2

9th

3

(6)

27th Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 212y

Class 2

14:45 Haydock

Gweedore

9st 5lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Katie Scott

prominent

11/2

11/1

  • Place: £4.50

Form: 707818 D BF

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 8lb

5 yo Horse

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Missed 2022; first signs of retaining ability with his eyecatching finish in the Wokingham; excuses on next two starts before producing a strong finish to dead-heat with Summerghand at the Ebor meeting last month (6f, good to firm); finished behind his old rival in Ireland 13 days ago when running creditably without threatening; 3lb wrong under his penalty but this test could suit him well; shortlisted.
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1

(8)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Newcastle (AW)

Albasheer

9st 12lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Archie Watson

Taken well to Tapeta, third in a Listed event over C&D in November before impressive wins over 6f and 5f here the last twice (both backed up by the clock); surged to the front over the shorter trip two weeks ago and a 5lb rise is fair enough; it would be a huge effort to defy top weight but he threatened to be top class as a 2yo and he couldn't be coming here in better form.

11/2

1st

1

(10)

15th Mar 2024

Standard

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

18:10 Newcastle (AW)

Albasheer

9st 9lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

dwelt start, towards rear, pushed along and headway from over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden and went clear inside final furlong, impressive

3/1

1st

3

(12)

1st Jan 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

17:15 Newcastle (AW)

Albasheer

9st 5lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

Has a few ideas of his own but he's blessed with stacks of raw ability and he hasn't always had the rub of the green since dead-heating with Summerghand at the Ebor meeting; only third behind Tacarib Bay in Listed company here in November but he was too keen early and didn't find as much as may have been expected once coming off the bridle; likely to be ridden more patiently this time and he's of serious interest.

7/1

18/1

Form: 041008 D

Last run: 56 days

W: 9st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict
Unraced at 6f since a narrow debut success three years ago; ready winner of a small-field handicap at Newmarket in May (7f, good) off 3lb lower; unplaced three times since but all in top handicaps and he ran well at Ascot eight weeks ago, doing second best of those to race on the far side (those just behind him on that side have done well since); his stamina will be an asset and the ground is unlikely to be an excuse; chance.
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6th

9

(7)

15th May 2024

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:15 York

Montassib

9st 10lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: William Haggas

Successful in C&D handicap last October then followed up in Listed event at Doncaster (cosily collared Marshman close home) in March, taking record on soft ground to 3-3 and record over 6f to 3-4; has to be feared, especially granted a similar surface.

13/2

6th

9

(7)

15th May 2024

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:15 York

Montassib

9st 10lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: William Haggas

Successful in C&D handicap last October then followed up in Listed event at Doncaster (cosily collared Marshman close home) in March, taking record on soft ground to 3-3 and record over 6f to 3-4; has to be feared, especially granted a similar surface.

13/2

1st

3

(5)

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

0m 6f 2y

Class 1

15:00 Doncaster

Montassib

9st 10lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: William Haggas

Raced mainly at 7f/1m until last autumn when the drop to 6f seemed to suit him and he posted a career best to win a big-field handicap at York (soft) in October in emphatic style; well worth his place in this higher grade, and a leading contender if ready to roll after a break.

4/1

12/1

Form: 254202 D BF

Last run: 48 days

W: 9st 11lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 103

Form & Verdict
Capable 2yo (ran well at this meeting); form took off on bad ground last autumn, winning two good 5f handicaps before an easy win in a 6f Listed event at Doncaster in November (heavy); 0-6 this year but ran as well as she ever has when second in a 6f Listed event at Chester seven weeks ago; rider's claim useful but she could really use the heavens opening if she's to come out on top.
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7th

2

(6)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

17:00 Newmarket

Fast Response

9st 3lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: K R Burke

Ended 2022 on a high and she's continued the good work, albeit without winning, this season; runner-up three times in Listed events and also ran well in the Ayr Gold Cup when racing nearest the far rail; handles all ground but the recent rain is an obvious positive.

5/2

7th
2 (25)
Rohaan

11/1

Form: 070760 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Made giant strides from humble beginnings, winning two Wokinghams as well as a Group 2 and two Group 3s; has only run to form twice this year, albeit often in the face of stiff tasks, but this mark (dropped a further 4lb since the entry stage) is within range and this is his first shot at a 6f handicap in 2023; not the biggest surprise were he to spring back to life.
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5th

2

(2)

4th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

13:45 Newmarket

Rohaan

9st 7lb

J: Neil Callan

T: David Evans

Top-notch sprint handicapper with two Wokinghams on his CV; 2023 started quietly but he returned to form in the autumn, beaten under 2l in the Ayr Gold Cup before running out the well-backed winner of a 6f handicap at his beloved Ascot in October; encouraging seasonal return at Lingfield in March and wouldn't judge him harshly on latest Kempton fourth; handicapped to go well and shaped with promise in one run on the Rowley course.

8/1

5th

2

(2)

4th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

13:45 Newmarket

Rohaan

9st 7lb

J: Neil Callan

T: David Evans

Top-notch sprint handicapper with two Wokinghams on his CV; 2023 started quietly but he returned to form in the autumn, beaten under 2l in the Ayr Gold Cup before running out the well-backed winner of a 6f handicap at his beloved Ascot in October; encouraging seasonal return at Lingfield in March and wouldn't judge him harshly on latest Kempton fourth; handicapped to go well and shaped with promise in one run on the Rowley course.

8/1

4th

2

(2)

27th Mar 2024

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Rohaan

9st 8lb

J: Neil Callan

T: David Evans

Good 6f performer, especially at Ascot where he is a dual Wokingham winner (off higher marks); close fifth at Lingfield returned to AW on seasonal debut (4-11 in this sphere overall); won over C&D early in career and enters the reckoning.

4/1

8th
18 (21)
Mr Wagyu

12/1

Form: 977493 CD

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Still seeking his first win of the year but he's been a fixture in the top sprints and has performed with credit in many of them; third to Bielsa here in 2021 and close up in fifth last year (off 9lb higher); no obvious reason why he wouldn't go well once again.
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2nd

12

(10)

1st Jun 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 3y

Class 2

17:50 Epsom

Mr Wagyu

8st 9lb

J: Jason Hart

T: John & Sean Quinn

9yo who has been beaten 21 times since his last win in July 2022; however, he's run several big races in the meantime and there were promising signs in his two starts this spring; all 15 of his wins have come in the month of June or later; won this in 2022 and third last year; firmly in calculations.

11/2

6th

9

(11)

15th May 2024

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:45 York

Mr Wagyu

8st 13lb

J: Jason Hart

T: John & Sean Quinn

His losing run is up to 20 and none of his 15 wins (all over about 6f; two C&D) have come before the month of June; however, he's well handicapped on last year's best efforts and reappeared with a close second at Ripon (5f) last month; could build on that now back up in trip and he's one to consider.

11/1

6th

9

(11)

15th May 2024

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:45 York

Mr Wagyu

8st 13lb

J: Jason Hart

T: John & Sean Quinn

His losing run is up to 20 and none of his 15 wins (all over about 6f; two C&D) have come before the month of June; however, he's well handicapped on last year's best efforts and reappeared with a close second at Ripon (5f) last month; could build on that now back up in trip and he's one to consider.

11/1

16/1

Form: 035574 D

Last run: 8 days

W: 9st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict
Yet to win in 2023 but he's run some good races, notably a second to Bielsa at York in May and a fair effort on soft at Doncaster last week; 3lb badly in today but the York run was off this mark and any improvement for the addition of a visor would see him go well.
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1st

7

(3)

18th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

16:10 Newbury

Lethal Levi

8st 12lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: K R Burke

0-10 last season but ran some big races; has made an underwhelming start to the current campaign, fading into midfield when favourite at York on Wednesday; needs first-time blinkers (has run well in visor) to revive him.

12/1

1st

7

(3)

18th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

16:10 Newbury

Lethal Levi

8st 12lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: K R Burke

0-10 last season but ran some big races; has made an underwhelming start to the current campaign, fading into midfield when favourite at York on Wednesday; needs first-time blinkers (has run well in visor) to revive him.

12/1

14th

13

(1)

15th May 2024

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:45 York

Lethal Levi

8st 13lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: K R Burke

0-10 last season but ran some big races, including when neck second in this race off 5lb higher (good; handles a variety of ground); his form figures second time out in each of his three previous seasons read 212 and he could leave his recent reappearance outing well behind; possible player.

15/2

10th
14 (1)
Bielsa

14/1

Form: 0-2103 CD

Last run: 49 days

W: 9st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict
Won this race under an enterprising ride in 2021 (raced alone up the stands' rail from stall 25); as good as ever this year, winning a competitive 6f handicap at the Dante meeting and running well in both the Wokingham and Stewards' Cup (third of 27); drawn on the opposite flank to his 2021 success; each-way shout.
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5th

2

(6)

16th Dec 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:09 Newcastle (AW)

Bielsa

9st 2lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Kevin Ryan

raced in second, hung right over 1f out, lost second 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, eased towards finish

11/4

2nd

2

(10)

11th Nov 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Newcastle (AW)

Bielsa

9st 5lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Kevin Ryan

Smart handicapper who made a flying start to the season, second at Redcar before seeing off 20 rivals at York's Dante meeting; ran to form in the Wokingham, Stewards' Cup and Ayr Gold Cup before a more subdued effort at York four weeks ago (raced on the favoured far side); third, albeit well beaten, over C&D in Group 3 company in one AW start; shouldn't be far away.

11/2

7th

8

(9)

14th Oct 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:25 York

Bielsa

9st 6lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Kevin Ryan

re-shod, raced far side, towards rear

14/1

11th
7 (23)
Orazio

7/1

Form: /61160 D BF

Last run: 49 days

W: 9st 9lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 101

Form & Verdict
Looked set for the top when winning useful 6f handicaps on slow ground in the spring; came unstuck on faster ground in the Wokingham (7-2f) and then got bogged down in the Stewards' Cup (100-30f) seven weeks ago; there should be no excuses with the ground today and if he returns to his spring best then he'll be in the thick of it.
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17th

2

(10)

17th Apr 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

13:50 Newmarket

Orazio

9st 9lb

J: William Buick

T: Charles Hills

Looked a likely type for a big prize when winning this in 2023 (good to soft) and one at Ascot (soft) but expensive to follow in the best 6f handicaps after, albeit he didn't have his ground in two of them; gelded since and returned with a solid third to higher-rated rivals in a Listed race at Doncaster; mark unchanged and this looks the right race so should go well.

4/1

12th
19 (5)
Aleezdancer

9/1

Form: 160975 D

Last run: 49 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Fine record on slower than good; ground was good when he finished down the field here 12 months ago but he's long appealed as the type to win a feature sprint when underfoot conditions are in his favour; the Stewards' Cup looked one that might have got away, finishing comfortably on top of the group who raced far side but only fifth overall (cheekpieces first time, retained); chance will be enhanced by any further rain; interesting.
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12th

7

(6)

1st Jun 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 3y

Class 2

17:50 Epsom

Aleezdancer

9st 2lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Kevin Ryan

Appears unsuited by Newmarket and bounced back from a flop there to win in good style in reapplied blinkers in big field at York (6f, good) 17 days ago; his other wins have come on soft/good to soft; he could have more to offer in the headgear and a 6lb rise may not stop him.

15/2

1st

10

(6)

15th May 2024

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:45 York

Aleezdancer

8st 13lb

J: Neil Callan

T: Kevin Ryan

Well beaten at Newmarket recently but perhaps he's unsuited by the Rowley Mile; prior to that he reappeared with a promising third at Doncaster (6f, soft) and he's 8lb lower than when an unlucky tenth in this race last year (good, good to firm in places); could bounce back and play leading role.

20/1

1st

10

(6)

15th May 2024

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:45 York

Aleezdancer

8st 13lb

J: Neil Callan

T: Kevin Ryan

Well beaten at Newmarket recently but perhaps he's unsuited by the Rowley Mile; prior to that he reappeared with a promising third at Doncaster (6f, soft) and he's 8lb lower than when an unlucky tenth in this race last year (good, good to firm in places); could bounce back and play leading role.

20/1

Form: 162986 D

Last run: 8 days

W: 8st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict
A fine money-spinner for this yard but the handicapper looks to have his claws in deep for now.
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18th

7

(19)

15th Jun 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

17:20 York

It Just Takes Time

10st 0lb

J: Jack Garritty

T: Mark Walford

Gained 6f wins in 2023 on heavy and good to firm and although his form was rather mixed subsequently he wasn't beaten at all far in the Ayr Gold Cup when 8lb higher; creditable runner-up in his one turf run this year and has it in him to go well.

16/1

14th

14

(12)

12th May 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Newcastle (AW)

It Just Takes Time

8st 7lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Mark Walford

midfield

14/1

14th

14

(12)

12th May 2024

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

19:00 Newcastle (AW)

It Just Takes Time

8st 7lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Mark Walford

midfield

14/1

20/1

Form: 851100 CD

Last run: 7 days

W: 9st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Won a big-field nursery at this meeting as a 2yo; made a flying start for David O'Meara, backing up his York win in July (6f, good) with a dominant display in the Stewards' Cup where he travelled supremely well in the testing ground; two heavy defeats have followed and it was disconcerting to see him check out so quickly in last week's Portland when conditions should have suited.
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1

(10)

2nd Jun 2024

Good To Soft

0m 5f 7y

Class 2

17:10 Hamilton

Aberama Gold

9st 12lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

Five wins last year, including the Stewards' Cup (6f, heavy); best effort this term when third at Newmarket (6f) in April; on a handy mark but ideally needs a testing surface back at 5f.

10/1

9th

4

(3)

15th May 2024

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:45 York

Aberama Gold

9st 4lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: David O’Meara

Five wins last year, including over C&D (good) and in the Stewards' Cup (6f, heavy); in pretty good form at Newmarket the last twice and he's dropped back down to his last winning mark; could be thereabouts.

9/1

9th

4

(3)

15th May 2024

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:45 York

Aberama Gold

9st 4lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: David O’Meara

Five wins last year, including over C&D (good) and in the Stewards' Cup (6f, heavy); in pretty good form at Newmarket the last twice and he's dropped back down to his last winning mark; could be thereabouts.

9/1

66/1

Form: 552126 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 8st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict
Better than ever this summer but beaten fair and square off this mark in a lesser event at Wolverhampton 16 days ago.
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15th

24

(22)

23rd Sep 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Ayr

Lequinto

8st 13lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Tony Carroll

Better than ever this summer but beaten fair and square off this mark in a lesser event at Wolverhampton 16 days ago.

66/1

6th

9

(4)

7th Sep 2023

Standard

0m 6f 20y

Class 2

20:45 Wolverhampton (AW)

Lequinto

8st 12lb

J: Trevor Whelan

T: Tony Carroll

Three-time course winner, all over further, who's been in fine form round Windsor this summer, latterly when going close at a big price on softer ground than ideal (first-time blinkers); is one to consider.

8/1

2nd

4

(1)

7th Aug 2023

Heavy

0m 6f 12y

Class 2

19:30 Windsor

Lequinto

9st 5lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: Tony Carroll

6yo who made it 3-7 over C&D when justifying favouritism in a Class 4 event in June; that was a clearcut success but this is tougher off 5lb higher on this big step back up in grade and all of his turf wins have come on good to firm; blinkers added.

10/1

16th
10 (17)
Escobar

40/1

Form: 008040

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Eighth, beaten 4l, behind stablemate Summerghand in this race 12 months ago; went on to win a big-field handicap at Ascot two weeks later and he's 7lb lower today; he's struggled to recapture his best this season and he looks vulnerable off a mark 6lb higher than his current one.
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5th

9

(6)

20th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 3

19:00 Kempton (AW)

Escobar

9st 6lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

steadied start, towards rear

10/1

9th

8

(8)

9th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 7f 14y

Class 2

18:15 Newcastle (AW)

Escobar

9st 4lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

sweating, dwelt start, midfield on near side of group

14/1

8th

7

(11)

27th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 2

18:45 Wolverhampton (AW)

Escobar

9st 3lb

J: Neil Callan

T: David O’Meara

Veteran who's become hard to win with and been on the downgrade this year, coming 22lb down the weights; late in the day to be making his Tapeta debut in a new form of headgear and will need some luck if dropped in as usual from stall 11.

12/1

18/1

Form: 121500 D

Last run: 70 days

W: 9st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Hit the ground running for this yard, chasing home Orazio at Newmarket either side of 6f handicap wins in the spring; held in three hot handicaps since but he's still feasibly handicapped judged on his defeat of 20 rivals on Guineas weekend; slow ground no problem and rider's claim is useful; lively outsider.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6th

5

(6)

20th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Probe

9st 0lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: Jennie Candlish

Was back off his last winning mark when beating Baldomero by just under 2l at Chelmsford (6f, Polytrack) last month, making it 2-2 on the AW in the process; has a 5lb higher mark to overcome but may still have more to offer on the surface, so is much respected.

11/4

1st

3

(3)

21st Nov 2023

Standard

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Probe

9st 7lb

J: Trevor Whelan

T: Jennie Candlish

Back to the same mark as when beating 20 rivals in a Class 2 handicap at Newmarket on 2000 Guineas Day; not so good in top sprints since and the drop to a Class 3 didn't spark a return to form at Goodwood five weeks ago; revival not out of the question but others appear safer.

7/1

9th

1

(2)

15th Oct 2023

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:00 Goodwood

Probe

9st 12lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: Jennie Candlish

dwelt start, always behind

15/2

Form: 133145 C BF

Last run: 30 days

W: 9st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict
He has taken his form to new levels this year, winning handicaps at Thirsk (1m, soft) and York (7f, good) as well as several fine efforts in top 7f/1m events; further success beckons but he drops to 6f for the first time in a demanding event and it did take him a while to pick up at York last time, for all he had to briefly wait for a gap.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2nd

3

(9)

16th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

14:45 York

Northern Express

9st 6lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Michael Dods

in touch with leaders, headway from over 2f out, soon went second, challenging from over 1f out, kept on, just held

7/1

2nd

3

(9)

16th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 192y

Class 2

14:45 York

Northern Express

9st 6lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Michael Dods

in touch with leaders, headway from over 2f out, soon went second, challenging from over 1f out, kept on, just held

7/1

7th

1

(9)

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 7f 218y

Class 2

14:40 Thirsk

Northern Express

9st 12lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Michael Dods

Beat Pisanello to win this race on soft ground last year; 9lb higher in his bid for a repeat but that's fully justified as he's advanced his form since and he should be spot on for this after an encouraging reappearance at Newmarket (7f) 16 days ago; bold show likely.

5/1

66/1

Form: 140709 C

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 8lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Blew mark when a close fourth at Haydock (Group 3; 7f, good to firm) in June; subsequent handicap efforts suggest another struggle is on the cards.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2nd

9

(13)

18th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Gorak

9st 2lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: Charlie Fellowes

7f specialist; might have needed the run but still performed respectably when fourth of 15 over C&D (good) in April, making most; dropped 2lb since; solid win-and-place option.

15/2

2nd

9

(13)

18th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Gorak

9st 2lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: Charlie Fellowes

7f specialist; might have needed the run but still performed respectably when fourth of 15 over C&D (good) in April, making most; dropped 2lb since; solid win-and-place option.

15/2

4th

6

(1)

18th Apr 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

17:20 Newmarket

Gorak

9st 2lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: Charlie Fellowes

led towards far side, headed over 2f out, no extra and lost third inside final 110yds

25/1

50/1

Form: 540007 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict
Not won this year but there have been occasional flickers of him retaining ability, including last time at Haydock when he stayed on for a never-dangerous seventh (5f, good); 6lb wrong today though and he'll need to rediscover his old magic to win.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

13th

17

(4)

16th Jun 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 2

17:45 Thirsk

Mondammej

8st 3lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Antony Brittain

taken down early

40/1

17th

11

(19)

25th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

13:35 York

Mondammej

9st 7lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Antony Brittain

Occasional flashes of retaining his old spark and this is a drop in grade; losing run goes back to November 2021 though and others are more appealing for win purposes.

25/1

17th

11

(19)

25th May 2024

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 4

13:35 York

Mondammej

9st 7lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Antony Brittain

Occasional flashes of retaining his old spark and this is a drop in grade; losing run goes back to November 2021 though and others are more appealing for win purposes.

25/1

21th
17 (18)
Magical Spirit

18/1

Form: 041376 CD

Last run: 56 days

W: 9st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Two runs at Ayr have seen him run away with the 2020 Silver Cup and finish a good fourth in that race in 2021; in good form in the spring, chasing home Bielsa and Lethal Levi at York's Dante meeting, but his effort petered out quickly when last seen in July (travelled well); stable may have stronger claims elsewhere.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

17th

5

(20)

15th May 2024

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:45 York

Magical Spirit

9st 3lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Kevin Ryan

His last three wins have come on soft ground at Doncaster (6f), the latest on reappearance 18 days ago; however, he's also effective here and, having gone up 7lb for last time, he remains 2lb lower than when a creditable third in this race last year (good, good to firm in places); major contender.

12/1

17th

5

(20)

15th May 2024

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:45 York

Magical Spirit

9st 3lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Kevin Ryan

His last three wins have come on soft ground at Doncaster (6f), the latest on reappearance 18 days ago; however, he's also effective here and, having gone up 7lb for last time, he remains 2lb lower than when a creditable third in this race last year (good, good to firm in places); major contender.

12/1

1st

3

(17)

27th Apr 2024

Soft

0m 6f 2y

Class 3

18:40 Doncaster

Magical Spirit

9st 9lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Kevin Ryan

held up in rear on near side of group, going easily but still plenty to do halfway, smooth headway 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, kept on well final 110yds, won going away

10/1

40/1

Form: 172607 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 10lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Bred to sprint and he looked set for a bright season when winning a 6f conditions event at Newcastle on Good Friday; chased home Shaquille at Newbury in May and beaten under 5l when sixth in the Group 1 King's Stand at Royal Ascot; suspicion there's a bigger effort lurking but he did finish his race off weakly at York 13 days ago.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

11th

4

(12)

18th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Desert Cop

9st 6lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Andrew Balding

Poorly drawn on reappearance, then surged back to form to win 15-runner event at the Guineas meeting here (6f, good; 22-1) two weeks ago; has a chance off 5lb higher, although clearly his best form is at sprint distances.

8/1

11th

4

(12)

18th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Desert Cop

9st 6lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Andrew Balding

awkward start

8/1

1st

11

(15)

4th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

13:45 Newmarket

Desert Cop

8st 12lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Progressive in the first half of 2023 but he ended that campaign quietly and was well beaten, albeit from a bad draw, at Kempton on reappearance four weeks ago; dropping down the weights but others are much safer.

25/1

Form: 711158 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict
Instant benefits from a wind operation in May, winning 7f handicaps at Chester and Haydock before producing a career-best RPR when powering home in the Scottish Stewards' Cup; two defeats have followed but faced stiff task in a Listed race formerly and then had a duff draw last time; good Irish apprentice booked; prominent racer who should give it another good go.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

3

(4)

15th Jun 2024

Good

0m 5f 15y

Class 3

14:10 Chester

Paws For Thought

10st 0lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Donald McCain

in rear

12/1

8th

4

(5)

6th Jun 2024

Good

0m 6f 6y

Class 2

15:25 Hamilton

Paws For Thought

9st 9lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Donald McCain

prominent

9/1

8th

6

(6)

25th May 2024

Soft

0m 7f 1y

Class 2

16:05 Chester

Paws For Thought

8st 12lb

J: Franny Norton

T: Donald McCain

prominent, pressed leader over 2f out, weakened quickly over 1f out

6/1

OUR TIP

Form: 064214 CD

Last run: 13 days

W: 10st 1lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict
Marvellous sprinter who is part of the furniture in the top sprint handicaps, winning the 2020 Stewards' Cup and landing this race 12 months ago off a 5lb lower mark; no sign his powers are on the wane this year, dead-heating with Albasheer in a 17-runner handicap at the Ebor meeting (6f, good to firm) before a solid fourth at the Curragh latest (did best of those to race towards the far side); it will probably require a return to his absolute peak to defy this mark as a 9yo but he's unlikely to be far away.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

11

(2)

18th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Summerghand

9st 1lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: David O’Meara

Tremendously durable 10yo with 17 wins to his name, and a well-held run at York on Wednesday must be ignored as he was badly hampered after a furlong; had earlier shaped well at the Craven meeting here in April; capable of going close off this sort of mark, although today's trip is an unknown as he has done virtually all his racing at 6f.

10/1

7th

11

(2)

18th May 2024

Good

0m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Summerghand

9st 1lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: David O’Meara

in rear, switched left and raced near side after 1f

10/1

20th

6

(5)

15th May 2024

Good To Firm

0m 6f 0y

Class 2

14:45 York

Summerghand

9st 2lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: David O’Meara

Dead-heated in big field over C&D (good to firm) last August and now 8lb lower; also effective on good to soft; disappointing at Newmarket 11 days ago but before that he was an eyecatching fifth of 18 there (6f, good), when denied a clear run, and this 10yo is capable of playing a leading role.

8/1

Non-runners

Juan Les Pins

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £191.80
Straight Forecast £137.09
Trifecta £3179.30

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Orazio

Daily Mail:

Summerghand

The Times:

Ramazan

NEWMARKET:

Gorak

SPOTLIGHT:

Aleezdancer

TOPSPEED:

Rohaan

D Express:

Montassib

The Star:

Significantly

Daily Record:

Juan Les Pins

POSTDATA:

Aberama Gold

LAMBOURN:

Orazio

Telegraph:

Orazio

The Guardian:

Orazio

Daily Mirror:

Summerghand

The Sun:

Summerghand