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15:50 Saturday 20 September 2014

WILLIAM HILL AYR GOLD CUP (HERITAGE HANDICAP) (2)

Distance : 6f
Prize : £160,000 Age : 3yo+ Race Type : Flat Surface : Turf Going : Gd/Frm
Race Type : Flat Surface : Turf
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Pos (Draw) Pos (Draw) Btn Horse Name Horse Name TFR Tfig Jockey Age Wgt ISP ISP BSP Hi/Lo
Pedigree Jockey & Trainer Trainer (Equip) (OR) (Place) BSP
1 (19) 1 (19) James Doyle silk 7. LOUIS THE PIOUS 7. LOUIS THE PIOUS -9 <
117
-6 > 116 James Doyle 6 9-4 10/111 10/111
James Doyle silk b or brg HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR (IRE) 125 - WHOLE GRAIN 72 POLISH PRECEDENT (USA) 131 J: James Doyle
T: David O'Meara
Age: 6 Wgt: 9-4 Eq: (v) OR: 104
David O'Meara (v) (104)
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is evidently motivated by the hussle and bussle of these big fields, scraping home in the Buckingham Palace at Royal Ascot but a much more authoritative winner of this valuable prize, proving better than ever, perhaps aided by the change of headgear, in a first-time visor instead of a hood, but also benefiting from a prime position on the stand rail; in touch, effort over 2f out, stayed on to lead 1f out, ran on strongly; goes so well in these events, that should remain competitive in them when circumstances allow, but as a 4-time winner in single fields, there's scope for him proving just as good in listed/minor pattern company too.
in touch, effort over 2f out, stayed on to lead 1f out, ran on
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2 (2) 2 (2) Fran Berry silk 14. MINALISA 14. MINALISA -2 <
110+
-41 > 104 Fran Berry 5 9-1 33/134 33/134
Fran Berry silk b m OASIS DREAM 129 - MINA 73 SELKIRK (USA) 129 J: Fran Berry
T: Rae Guest
Age: 5 Wgt: 9-1 OR: 101
Rae Guest (101)
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was fully 16 lb higher than when last seen in a handicap, a winner in listed company in the interim, and a return to that company and possibly group races against her own sex is in the offing after this smart effort, value for extra on top given where she raced; raced far side, chased leaders, went with zest, effort 2f out, kept going well, first home in group.
chased leaders, effort 2f out, kept on well
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3 (26) 3 (26) Amy Ryan silk hd 6. BLAINE 6. BLAINE +1 <
113
-12 > 107 Amy Ryan 4 9-4 7/18f 7/18f
Amy Ryan silk chg AVONBRIDGE 123 - LAUREN LOUISE 55 TAGULA (IRE) 116 J: Amy Ryan
T: Kevin Ryan
Age: 4 Wgt: 9-4 Eq: (b) OR: 104
Kevin Ryan (b) (104)
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was backed into favouritism with it clear he had one of the plum draws and ran at least as well as when winning at York, not seen to best effect; held up, pushed along over 2f out, stuck to task and finished well on rail but caught further back than ideal; he's a bit hit and miss, but that's as much the kind of races he contests and remains one to be interested in for these type of races; had excuses when below form when tried at 7f previously, this not the first time he's shaped as if should be effective at it.
held up, pushed along over 2f out, stuck to task
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4 (24) 4 (24) Sammy Jo Bell silk nk 5. HEAVEN'S GUEST (IRE) 5. HEAVEN'S GUEST (IRE) -15 <
113
0 > 107 Sammy Jo Bell (5) 4 9-5 12/113 12/113
Sammy Jo Bell silk bg DARK ANGEL (IRE) 113 - BAKEWELL TART (IRE) 92 TAGULA (IRE) 116 J: Sammy Jo Bell (5)
T: Richard Fahey
Age: 4 Wgt: 9-5 OR: 105
Richard Fahey (105)
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was claimer ridden from his career-high mark and wasted no time getting back to form in a race than panned out better for him than last time; prominent on rail, off the bridle long way out, stayed on to lead 2f out, headed inside final 1f, one paced; at least as effective at 7f.
chased leader, stayed on to lead 2f out, headed inside final 1f, one paced
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5 (25) 5 (25) Rachel Richardson silk hd 25. FAST SHOT 25. FAST SHOT -8 <
104
-13 > 97 Rachel Richardson (7) 6 8-10 20/121 20/121
Rachel Richardson silk bg FASLIYEV (USA) 120 - FINAL PURSUIT 92$ PURSUIT OF LOVE 124 J: Rachel Richardson (7)
T: Tim Easterby
Age: 6 Wgt: 8-10 OR: 96
Tim Easterby (96)
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thrived in the spring to win twice, but kept lightly raced since and returned to form after 5 weeks off; held up, driven soon after halfway, stayed on, nearest at the finish; fresher than most for the time of year.
held up, under pressure soon after halfway, stayed on, nearest finish
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6 (1) 6 (1) David Allan silk hd 9. RUWAIYAN (USA) 9. RUWAIYAN (USA) -18 <
111+
-18 > 104 David Allan 5 9-3 33/134 33/134
David Allan silk b or brg CAPE CROSS (IRE) 129 - MASKUNAH (IRE) SADLER'S WELLS (USA) 132 J: David Allan
T: James Tate
Age: 5 Wgt: 9-3 Eq: (s) OR: 103
James Tate (s) (103)
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finished fourth in the Stewards' Cup earlier in the year, proof he can cut it in this type of race and shaped as if in top form, the draw compromising his chance; raced far side, in touch, effort over 2f out, ran on, second home in group; an awkward head carriage is a trait.
in touch, effort over 2f out, carried head awkwardly, ran on
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7 (23) 7 (23) William James Lee silk ¾ 8. AN SAIGHDIUR (IRE) 8. AN SAIGHDIUR (IRE) -9 <
108
-6 > 101 William James Lee 7 9-3 20/121 20/121
William James Lee silk bg ACCLAMATION 118 - BRIEF SENTIMENT (IRE) 96 BRIEF TRUCE (USA) 126 J: William James Lee
T: A. Slattery, Ireland
Age: 7 Wgt: 9-3 Eq: (s) OR: 103
A. Slattery, Ireland (s) (103)
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in first-time cheekpieces, ran better than last time without convincing he's back firing on all cylinders, though these are hardly ideally circumstances in which to try and make all; led main group, headed over 2f out, one paced.
led main group, headed over 2f out, one paced
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8 (4) 8 (4) Graham Lee silk sh 1. JACK DEXTER 1. JACK DEXTER -12 <
115+
+2 > 108 Graham Lee 5 9-10 20/121 20/121
Graham Lee silk b or brg ORIENTOR 118 - GLENHURICH (IRE) 59 SRI PEKAN (USA) 117p J: Graham Lee
T: Jim Goldie
Age: 5 Wgt: 9-10 OR: 110
Jim Goldie (110)
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had plenty on under top-weight, but a 10-week break looks to have freshened him up and he shaped as if back in form, circumstances not conducive to him being able to show it, third home on the wrong side and the ground also faster than suits ideally; raced far side, held up, travelled better than most, shaken up 2f out, kept on, unsuited by the way the race developed; runner-up in the Champions Sprint and successful in a listed race at Doncaster after finishing third in this last year, he's expected to enjoy another fruitful autumn this time around.
held up, shaken up 2f out, kept on
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9 (18) 9 (18) Sam James silk ns 27. HIGHLAND ACCLAIM (IRE) 27. HIGHLAND ACCLAIM (IRE) +3 <
103+
-9 > 96 Sam James (3) 3 8-10 10/111 10/111
Sam James silk bg ACCLAMATION 118 - EMMA'S STAR (ITY) DARSHAAN 133 J: Sam James (3)
T: David O'Meara
Age: 3 Wgt: 8-10 Eq: (h) OR: 98
David O'Meara (h) (98)
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is a reformed character nowadays and shaped much better than the bare result, unlucky not to finish much closer, it's not stretching things to suggest that if he'd had the run of the race like his stablemate Louis The Pious did, he might well have run him close; held up, but wide in the main group, went with enthusiasm, effort 2f out, stayed on strongly, but under just hands-and-heels ride with it clear he had a hopeless task from position; very much one to be interested in for similar events, easy to see him as a leading contender for races like the Wokingham (already a C&D winner) next year.
held up, effort 2f out, stayed on strongly
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10 (20) 10 (20) Franny Norton silk ½ 22. BALLESTEROS 22. BALLESTEROS -7 <
101
-5 > 94 Franny Norton 5 8-11 25/126 25/126
Franny Norton silk chg TOMBA 119 - FLAMENCO DANCER MARK OF ESTEEM (IRE) 137 J: Franny Norton
T: Richard Fahey
Age: 5 Wgt: 8-11 OR: 97
Richard Fahey (97)
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underwhelming effort at Chester last time can't be ignored, but he's shaped as if threatening to come good soon ether side of that, better than the bare result here, neither trip nor ground his optimum here; chased leaders, every chance 1f out, effort flattened out, outstayed; best form at 5f; goes particularly well on soft/heavy.
chased leaders, every chance 1f out, not sustain effort
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11 (16) 11 (16) Gary Bartley silk 1 17. HAWKEYETHENOO (IRE) 17. HAWKEYETHENOO (IRE) +6 <
101
-89 > 93 Gary Bartley (3) 8 9-0 16/117 16/117
Gary Bartley silk bg HAWK WING (USA) 136 - STARDANCE (USA) RAHY (USA) 115 J: Gary Bartley (3)
T: Jim Goldie
Age: 8 Wgt: 9-0 OR: 100
Jim Goldie (100)
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back down in trip, not seen to best effect, but he's hardly one to make excuses for, his losing run stretching back to over 2 years; dropped out, plugged on near stands rail, nearest at the finish but never a threat.
behind, plugged on, never on terms
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12 (5) 12 (5) Daniel Tudhope silk ½ 12. WATCHABLE 12. WATCHABLE +8 <
102+
-12 > 94 Daniel Tudhope 4 9-3 9/110 9/110
Daniel Tudhope silk chg PIVOTAL 124 - IRRESISTIBLE 98 CADEAUX GENEREUX 131 J: Daniel Tudhope
T: David O'Meara
Age: 4 Wgt: 9-3 Eq: (s) OR: 103
David O'Meara (s) (103)
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looked well-in under a 5-lb penalty for his win at the Curragh, and shaped as if still in good form, not seen to best effect with the draw/ride essentially scuppering his chance; forced pace on far side, went clear over 2f out, closed down and headed in final 100 yds, weakened having been ridden too aggressively; remains one to be interested in, still lightly-raced for a sprinter after all.
led group, went clear over 2f out, closed down, headed final 100 yds, weakened
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13 (27) 13 (27) Paul Pickard silk sh 16. RACY 16. RACY -12 <
99
+1 > 91 Paul Pickard 7 9-0 20/121 20/121
Paul Pickard silk b g MEDICEAN 128 - SOAR 110 DANZERO (AUS) J: Paul Pickard
T: Brian Ellison
Age: 7 Wgt: 9-0 Eq: (s) OR: 100
Brian Ellison (s) (100)
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has found things tougher since winning at Ascot, even with a good draw/position here; prominent main group, lost place 2f out.
prominent main group, lost place 2f out
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14 (17) 14 (17) Cam Hardie silk ns 24. BARNET FAIR 24. BARNET FAIR +1 <
95
> 87 Cam Hardie (5) 6 8-10 20/121 20/121
Cam Hardie silk brg ICEMAN 117 - PAVEMENT GATES 81 BISHOP OF CASHEL 122 J: Cam Hardie (5)
T: David Nicholls
Age: 6 Wgt: 8-10 OR: 96
David Nicholls (96)
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again not really seen to best effect; mid-field, pushed along over 2f out, kept on.
mid-field, pushed along over 2f out, kept on
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15 (22) 15 (22) George Chaloner silk ½ 26. SUPPLICANT 26. SUPPLICANT +6 <
96
+4 > 88 George Chaloner (3) 3 8-10 12/113 12/113
George Chaloner silk b c KYLLACHY 129 - PIOUS 74p BISHOP OF CASHEL 122 J: George Chaloner (3)
T: Richard Fahey
Age: 3 Wgt: 8-10 OR: 98
Richard Fahey (98)
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won the Mill Reef this day last year, been difficult to place this time around and never involved here; slowly into stride, in rear, pushed along halfway, ran on, never a threat; handicapper beginning to relent and wouldn't be the first good juvenile to bounce back as a 4-y-o.
slowly away, rear, pushed along halfway, ran on, never on terms
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16 (8) 16 (8) Fergal Lynch silk nk 20. CAPTAIN RAMIUS (IRE) 20. CAPTAIN RAMIUS (IRE) -16 <
95+
87 Fergal Lynch 8 8-12 50/151 50/151
Fergal Lynch silk b g KHELEYF (USA) 116 - PRINCESS MOOD (GER) MUHTARRAM (USA) 125 J: Fergal Lynch
T: Kevin Ryan
Age: 8 Wgt: 8-12 OR: 98
Kevin Ryan (98)
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won this 2 years ago, but on downgrade since and though poorly drawn, had his chance scuppered by the ride; one of 2 that raced in centre, late headway no chance from position.
rear, some late headway
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17 (6) 17 (6) Pat Smullen silk hd 3. HAMZA (IRE) 3. HAMZA (IRE) +7 <
105
-9 > 97 Pat Smullen 5 9-8 20/121 20/121
Pat Smullen silk b g AMADEUS WOLF 122 - LADY SHANGHAI (IRE) 76 ALHAARTH (IRE) 126p J: Pat Smullen
T: Kevin Ryan
Age: 5 Wgt: 9-8 Eq: (v) OR: 108
Kevin Ryan (v) (108)
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better off in listed/pattern races given his rating, but positioning essentially scuppered him here; raced centre, prominent, weakened inside final 1f, unsuited by the way the race developed.
prominent, weakened inside final 1f
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18 (14) 18 (14) Martin Harley silk nk 19. GO FAR 19. GO FAR +13 <
95+
+9 > 87 Martin Harley 4 8-13 16/117 16/117
Martin Harley silk bg DUTCH ART 126 - CARRANITA (IRE) 111 ANITA'S PRINCE 126 J: Martin Harley
T: Alan Bailey
Age: 4 Wgt: 8-13 Eq: (v) OR: 99
Alan Bailey (v) (99)
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didn't shape so well as at Doncaster, but likely still in form, not ideally placed; raced wide, mid-field, kept on.
mid-field, kept on
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19 (13) 19 (13) David Nolan silk hd 15. RENE MATHIS (GER) 15. RENE MATHIS (GER) -2 <
96+
+6 > 88 David Nolan 4 9-0 25/126 25/126
David Nolan silk chg MONSIEUR BOND (IRE) 120 - REMINA (GER) ERMINIUS (GER) 111 J: David Nolan
T: Richard Fahey
Age: 4 Wgt: 9-0 OR: 100
Richard Fahey (100)
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ran below form without an excuse like at Leopardstown, save that 6f on quickish ground is a sharper than ideal test; in rear, made no impression.
rear, no impression
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20 (15) 20 (15) P. J. McDonald silk 4. MASS RALLY (IRE) 4. MASS RALLY (IRE) -37 <
97+
-16 > 88 P. J. McDonald 7 9-5 25/126 25/126
P. J. McDonald silk bg KHELEYF (USA) 116 - REUNION (IRE) 108 BE MY GUEST (USA) 126 J: P. J. McDonald
T: Michael Dods
Age: 7 Wgt: 9-5 Eq: (h+b) OR: 105
Michael Dods (h+b) (105)
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hasn't yet built on eye-catching return from a break at Ebor meeting but this run also best overlooked; raced wide, held up, pushed along 2f out, never a threat, left poorly placed.
held up, pushed along 2f out, never on terms
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21 (12) 21 (12) Ryan Tate silk nk 13. JIMMY STYLES 13. JIMMY STYLES -37 <
92+
-37 > 84 Ryan Tate (3) 10 9-1 50/151 50/151
Ryan Tate silk chg INCHINOR 119 - INYA LAKE 101 WHITTINGHAM (IRE) 104 J: Ryan Tate (3)
T: Clive Cox
Age: 10 Wgt: 9-1 Eq: (s) OR: 101
Clive Cox (s) (101)
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won this way back in 2009 but has struggled mainly this year and fared no better after 3 months off; prominent main group, lost place 2f out, weakened.
prominent main group, lost place 2f out, weakened
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22 (10) 22 (10) Richard Kingscote silk nk 23. DUKE OF FIRENZE 23. DUKE OF FIRENZE +7 <
87+
+12 > 78 Richard Kingscote 5 8-11 33/134 33/134
Richard Kingscote silk chg PIVOTAL 124 - NANNINA 121 MEDICEAN 128 J: Richard Kingscote
T: Robert Cowell
Age: 5 Wgt: 8-11 Eq: (s) OR: 97
Robert Cowell (s) (97)
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better judged on Leicester form; raced wide, mid-field, no extra inside final 1f, not ideally placed.
mid-field, no extra inside final 1f
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23 (9) 23 (9) Phillip Makin silk 11. ASHPAN SAM 11. ASHPAN SAM +25 <
86+
-7 > 76 Phillip Makin 5 9-3 33/134 33/134
Phillip Makin silk bg FIREBREAK 125 - SWEET PATOOPIE 72 INDIAN RIDGE 123 J: Phillip Makin
T: John Spearing
Age: 5 Wgt: 9-3 OR: 103
John Spearing (103)
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back up in trip, ended up drawn on the wrong side, but wasn't himself in any case; raced far side, mid-field, left behind over 1f out, eased.
mid-field, left behind over 1f out, eased
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24 (3) 24 (3) C. T. Keane silk ½ 21. BURN THE BOATS (IRE) 21. BURN THE BOATS (IRE) +4 <
79
+27 > 68 C. T. Keane 5 8-11 28/129 28/129
C. T. Keane silk brg BIG BAD BOB (IRE) 118 - FOREVER PHOENIX 106 SHAREEF DANCER (USA) 135 J: C. T. Keane
T: G. M. Lyons, Ireland
Age: 5 Wgt: 8-11 OR: 97
G. M. Lyons, Ireland (97)
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a keen-goer over further, seemed to struggle with the pace back sprinting; raced far side, held up, made no impression.
held up, no impression
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25 (21) 25 (21) Declan McDonogh silk ¾ 18. YORK GLORY (USA) 18. YORK GLORY (USA) -9 <
80
-15 > 69 Declan McDonogh 6 9-0 25/126 25/126
Declan McDonogh silk gr or roh FIVE STAR DAY (USA) 120 - MINICOLONY (USA) PLEASANT COLONY (USA) J: Declan McDonogh
T: Kevin Ryan
Age: 6 Wgt: 9-0 Eq: (v) OR: 100
Kevin Ryan (v) (100)
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continues out of sorts; in rear, eased, made no impression.
rear, eased, no impression
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26 (7) 26 (7) Jack Garritty silk ½ 2. ALBEN STAR (IRE) 2. ALBEN STAR (IRE) +29 <
87
+5 > 76 Jack Garritty (5) 6 9-9 16/117 16/117
Jack Garritty silk bg CLODOVIL (IRE) 116 - SECRET CIRCLE MAGIC RING (IRE) 115p J: Jack Garritty (5)
T: Richard Fahey
Age: 6 Wgt: 9-9 OR: 109
Richard Fahey (109)
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has run with credit all year so easy to forgive this rare poor effort; raced far side, pressed leader, pushed along halfway, weakened 2f out.
pressed leader, pushed along halfway, weakened 2f out
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27 (11) 27 (11) Tony Hamilton silk 10. EASTERN IMPACT (IRE) 10. EASTERN IMPACT (IRE) +37 <
73
+21 > 61 Tony Hamilton 3 9-3 20/121 20/121
Tony Hamilton silk bg BAHAMIAN BOUNTY 116 - KATE THE GREAT 79 XAAR 132 J: Tony Hamilton
T: Richard Fahey
Age: 3 Wgt: 9-3 OR: 105
Richard Fahey (105)
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on back foot after early hesitation from rider where to go and this needn't detract from the impression created previously; raced far side, held up, struggling 2f out, made no impression.
held up, struggling 2f out, no impression
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All 27 ran.

Winning Owner: Mr F. Gillespie

Time: 1m 9.53s

Overrounds: Industry SP 142%, Betfair SP 102.4%

A typical renewal of one of the most competitive handicaps of the season, but like the other races on the sprint course this week, the draw had a major impact, the field splitting with stalls 1-9 and 11 going far side, though Hamza and Captain Ramius were soon switched to the middle, and a high draw, and in particular, a position near the stands rail proved an asset, Louis The Pious quickening right away in the closing stages to land his second big prize of the year; unsurprisingly in the circumstances several shaped better than the bare result, the winner's stablemates Highland Acclaim and Watchable perhaps the most notable and most likely to be of interest in similar events near to hand.

LOUIS THE PIOUS is evidently motivated by the hussle and bussle of these big fields, scraping home in the Buckingham Palace at Royal Ascot but a much more authoritative winner of this valuable prize, proving better than ever, perhaps aided by the change of headgear, in a first-time visor instead of a hood, but also benefiting from a prime position on the stand rail; in touch, effort over 2f out, stayed on to lead 1f out, ran on strongly; goes so well in these events, that should remain competitive in them when circumstances allow, but as a 4-time winner in single fields, there's scope for him proving just as good in listed/minor pattern company too.

MINALISA was fully 16 lb higher than when last seen in a handicap, a winner in listed company in the interim, and a return to that company and possibly group races against her own sex is in the offing after this smart effort, value for extra on top given where she raced; raced far side, chased leaders, went with zest, effort 2f out, kept going well, first home in group.

BLAINE was backed into favouritism with it clear he had one of the plum draws and ran at least as well as when winning at York, not seen to best effect; held up, pushed along over 2f out, stuck to task and finished well on rail but caught further back than ideal; he's a bit hit and miss, but that's as much the kind of races he contests and remains one to be interested in for these type of races; had excuses when below form when tried at 7f previously, this not the first time he's shaped as if should be effective at it.

HEAVEN'S GUEST (IRE) was claimer ridden from his career-high mark and wasted no time getting back to form in a race than panned out better for him than last time; prominent on rail, off the bridle long way out, stayed on to lead 2f out, headed inside final 1f, one paced; at least as effective at 7f.

FAST SHOT thrived in the spring to win twice, but kept lightly raced since and returned to form after 5 weeks off; held up, driven soon after halfway, stayed on, nearest at the finish; fresher than most for the time of year.

RUWAIYAN (USA) finished fourth in the Stewards' Cup earlier in the year, proof he can cut it in this type of race and shaped as if in top form, the draw compromising his chance; raced far side, in touch, effort over 2f out, ran on, second home in group; an awkward head carriage is a trait.

AN SAIGHDIUR (IRE) in first-time cheekpieces, ran better than last time without convincing he's back firing on all cylinders, though these are hardly ideally circumstances in which to try and make all; led main group, headed over 2f out, one paced.

JACK DEXTER had plenty on under top-weight, but a 10-week break looks to have freshened him up and he shaped as if back in form, circumstances not conducive to him being able to show it, third home on the wrong side and the ground also faster than suits ideally; raced far side, held up, travelled better than most, shaken up 2f out, kept on, unsuited by the way the race developed; runner-up in the Champions Sprint and successful in a listed race at Doncaster after finishing third in this last year, he's expected to enjoy another fruitful autumn this time around.

HIGHLAND ACCLAIM (IRE) is a reformed character nowadays and shaped much better than the bare result, unlucky not to finish much closer, it's not stretching things to suggest that if he'd had the run of the race like his stablemate Louis The Pious did, he might well have run him close; held up, but wide in the main group, went with enthusiasm, effort 2f out, stayed on strongly, but under just hands-and-heels ride with it clear he had a hopeless task from position; very much one to be interested in for similar events, easy to see him as a leading contender for races like the Wokingham (already a C&D winner) next year.

BALLESTEROS underwhelming effort at Chester last time can't be ignored, but he's shaped as if threatening to come good soon ether side of that, better than the bare result here, neither trip nor ground his optimum here; chased leaders, every chance 1f out, effort flattened out, outstayed; best form at 5f; goes particularly well on soft/heavy.

HAWKEYETHENOO (IRE) back down in trip, not seen to best effect, but he's hardly one to make excuses for, his losing run stretching back to over 2 years; dropped out, plugged on near stands rail, nearest at the finish but never a threat.

WATCHABLE looked well-in under a 5-lb penalty for his win at the Curragh, and shaped as if still in good form, not seen to best effect with the draw/ride essentially scuppering his chance; forced pace on far side, went clear over 2f out, closed down and headed in final 100 yds, weakened having been ridden too aggressively; remains one to be interested in, still lightly-raced for a sprinter after all.

RACY has found things tougher since winning at Ascot, even with a good draw/position here; prominent main group, lost place 2f out.

BARNET FAIR again not really seen to best effect; mid-field, pushed along over 2f out, kept on.

SUPPLICANT won the Mill Reef this day last year, been difficult to place this time around and never involved here; slowly into stride, in rear, pushed along halfway, ran on, never a threat; handicapper beginning to relent and wouldn't be the first good juvenile to bounce back as a 4-y-o.

CAPTAIN RAMIUS (IRE) won this 2 years ago, but on downgrade since and though poorly drawn, had his chance scuppered by the ride; one of 2 that raced in centre, late headway no chance from position.

HAMZA (IRE) better off in listed/pattern races given his rating, but positioning essentially scuppered him here; raced centre, prominent, weakened inside final 1f, unsuited by the way the race developed.

GO FAR didn't shape so well as at Doncaster, but likely still in form, not ideally placed; raced wide, mid-field, kept on.

RENE MATHIS (GER) ran below form without an excuse like at Leopardstown, save that 6f on quickish ground is a sharper than ideal test; in rear, made no impression.

MASS RALLY (IRE) hasn't yet built on eye-catching return from a break at Ebor meeting but this run also best overlooked; raced wide, held up, pushed along 2f out, never a threat, left poorly placed.

JIMMY STYLES won this way back in 2009 but has struggled mainly this year and fared no better after 3 months off; prominent main group, lost place 2f out, weakened.

DUKE OF FIRENZE better judged on Leicester form; raced wide, mid-field, no extra inside final 1f, not ideally placed.

ASHPAN SAM back up in trip, ended up drawn on the wrong side, but wasn't himself in any case; raced far side, mid-field, left behind over 1f out, eased.

BURN THE BOATS (IRE) a keen-goer over further, seemed to struggle with the pace back sprinting; raced far side, held up, made no impression.

YORK GLORY (USA) continues out of sorts; in rear, eased, made no impression.

ALBEN STAR (IRE) has run with credit all year so easy to forgive this rare poor effort; raced far side, pressed leader, pushed along halfway, weakened 2f out.

EASTERN IMPACT (IRE) on back foot after early hesitation from rider where to go and this needn't detract from the impression created previously; raced far side, held up, struggling 2f out, made no impression.