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15:40 Saturday 18 September 2021

VIRGIN BET AYR GOLD CUP (HERITAGE HANDICAP) (2)

Distance : 6f
Prize : £77,310 Age : 3yo+ Race Type : Flat Surface : Turf Going : Good
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 (25) 1 (25) Kevin Stott silk 19. BIELSA (IRE) 19. BIELSA (IRE) -13 <
115
-47 > 112 Kevin Stott 6 9-1 15/28.5 15/28.5
Kevin Stott silk bg INVINCIBLE SPIRIT (IRE) 121 - BOURBON BALL (USA) PEINTRE CELEBRE (USA) 137 J: Kevin Stott
T: Kevin Ryan
Age: 6 Wgt: 9-1 OR: 98
Kevin Ryan (98)
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had the cheekpieces left off this time, whether that was a big factor hard to tell, his solo position on the stand rail probably at least as crucial, though he'd been threatening to win a race like this for some time, providing his trainer with a fifth Ayr Gold Cup; raced alone on stand side, in touch overall, headway under 2f out, led entering final 1f, stayed on well; a 6-y-o who'd been beaten in his previous 9 handicaps, it's likely this was a career highlight rather than a springboard to pattern races.
in touch, headway under 2f out, led entering final 1f, stayed on well
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2 (1) 2 (1) Richard Kingscote silk 2. GREAT AMBASSADOR 2. GREAT AMBASSADOR -1 <
115+
112 Richard Kingscote 4 9-9 3/14f 3/14f
Richard Kingscote silk chg EXCEED AND EXCEL (AUS) 126 - SNOQUALMIE GIRL (IRE) 103 MONTJEU (IRE) 137 J: Richard Kingscote
T: Ed Walker
Age: 4 Wgt: 9-9 OR: 106
Ed Walker (106)
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confirmed himself one of the most progressive sprinters around, moving through the race like still some way ahead of his mark, denied only by one who raced alone on the opposite side of the track; raced far side, waited with, travelled fluently, steady headway from halfway, led group over 1f out and shot clear on his side but couldn't keep tabs with winner close home; this is the first season in which he's been campaigned as a sprinter and he remains capable of better as a 5-y-o, while he'll be of major interest back on the all-weather this winter, too.
waited with, headway from halfway, every chance over 1f out, ran on
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3 (16) 3 (16) Jason Hart silk ½ 14. MR WAGYU (IRE) 14. MR WAGYU (IRE) -2 <
106+
-6 > 104 Jason Hart 6 9-2 18/119 18/119
Jason Hart silk chg CHOISIR (AUS) 126 - LAKE LOUISE (IRE) 91 HAATEF (USA) 117 J: Jason Hart
T: John Quinn
Age: 6 Wgt: 9-2 Eq: (v) OR: 99
John Quinn (v) (99)
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has had a fairly remarkable season, beginning it by finishing well down the field from a mark of 70 yet this latest chapter seeing him run a blinder in one of the toughest sprint handicaps in the calendar from a mark nudging 100; raced centre, close up, led on bridle over 2f out, headed over 1f out, ran on, first home in group.
close up, led on bridle over 2f out, headed over 1f out, ran on
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4 (15) 4 (15) Paul Hanagan silk 1 15. MOTAGALLY 15. MOTAGALLY +2 <
101
-2 > 100 Paul Hanagan 5 9-1 33/134 33/134
Paul Hanagan silk bg SWISS SPIRIT 117 - GILT LINKED 85 COMPTON PLACE 125 J: Paul Hanagan
T: Charles Hills
Age: 5 Wgt: 9-1 Eq: (b) OR: 98
Charles Hills (b) (98)
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ran creditably in a more competitive event than he's used to; raced centre, mid-field, chased leaders 2f out, ran on, second home in group; he's unexposed on all-weather with a view to the winter.
mid-field, chased leaders 2f out, ran on
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5 (20) 5 (20) Theodore Ladd silk 10. EDRAAK (IRE) 10. EDRAAK (IRE) +6 <
97
96 Theodore Ladd (3) 5 9-3 33/134 33/134
Theodore Ladd silk bg ELZAAM (AUS) 115 - SO BLISSFUL (IRE) 77 CAPE CROSS (IRE) 129 J: Theodore Ladd (3)
T: Michael Appleby
Age: 5 Wgt: 9-3 OR: 100
Michael Appleby (100)
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doesn't have much in hand from this mark (claimer in the saddle this time), but is plainly still in form; raced centre, chased leaders, effort around 2f out, ran on.
chased leaders, effort around 2f out, ran on
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6 (4) 6 (4) David Allan silk nk 25. COUNT D'ORSAY (IRE) 25. COUNT D'ORSAY (IRE) +11 <
93+
+9 > 92 David Allan 5 8-13 16/117 16/117
David Allan silk bg DANDY MAN (IRE) 123 - DEIRA (USA) 79 GREEN DESERT (USA) 127 J: David Allan
T: Tim Easterby
Age: 5 Wgt: 8-13 OR: 96
Tim Easterby (96)
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looks to be coming to the boil, 2 promising efforts in top-end handicaps a week apart, better both on softer ground and over a shorter trip than he faced here and he's one to keep in mind for something in the mud in the latter part of the season; raced far side, in touch, loomed up 2f out, every chance over 1f out, no extra only late on having been struck into but still finished second home in group.
in touch, loomed up 2f out, every chance over 1f out, no extra only late
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7 (2) 7 (2) Connor Beasley silk ns 3. COMMANCHE FALLS 3. COMMANCHE FALLS +12 <
102
-43 > 101 Connor Beasley 4 9-8 13/27.5 13/27.5
Connor Beasley silk brg LETHAL FORCE (IRE) 128 - JOYEAUX 78 MARK OF ESTEEM (IRE) 137 J: Connor Beasley
T: Michael Dods
Age: 4 Wgt: 9-8 Eq: (s) OR: 105
Michael Dods (s) (105)
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might have been a touch rusty 7 weeks on from his Stewards' Cup success having been thriving at that point, hardly running badly in the circumstances at any rate; raced far side, held up, not clear run over 2f out, progress 1f out, kept on, third home in group.
held up, not clear run over 2f out, progress 1f out, kept on
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8 (22) 8 (22) S. B. Kirrane silk ½ 1. SUMMERGHAND (IRE) 1. SUMMERGHAND (IRE) 0 <
107
-47 > 107 S. B. Kirrane (5) 7 10-1 25/126 25/126
S. B. Kirrane silk bg LOPE DE VEGA (IRE) 125 - KATE THE GREAT 79 XAAR 132 J: S. B. Kirrane (5)
T: David O'Meara
Age: 7 Wgt: 10-1 Eq: (v) OR: 112
David O'Meara (v) (112)
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claimer ridden, shaped similarly to in the Stewards' Cup when last in a handicap, his mark higher than it's ever been having won a listed race in between, hard to think he's in any way well treated from a lofty perch of 112; raced centre, mid-field, met some trouble over 2f out, stayed on gradually.
mid-field, not clear run over 2f out, stayed on gradually
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9 (6) 9 (6) Graham Lee silk ½ 9. FIVETHOUSANDTOONE (IRE) 9. FIVETHOUSANDTOONE (IRE) +8 <
96
96 Graham Lee 3 9-3 14/115 14/115
Graham Lee silk bc FRANKEL 147 - PROMISED MONEY (IRE) 94 DARK ANGEL (IRE) 113 J: Graham Lee
T: Andrew Balding
Age: 3 Wgt: 9-3 OR: 102
Andrew Balding (102)
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wasn't disgraced having a first ever handicap start, a move into contention alongside Great Ambassador (whom he'd finished behind last time) petering out somewhat late on; raced far side, in rear, headway 2f out, threatened briefly, not quicken final 1f.
rear, headway 2f out, threatened briefly, not quicken final 1f
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10 (19) 10 (19) Rowan Scott silk ½ 23. LAHORE (USA) 23. LAHORE (USA) -6 <
88+
+1 > 88 Rowan Scott 7 9-0 80/181 80/181
Rowan Scott silk brg ELUSIVE QUALITY (USA) - NAYARRA (IRE) 105 CAPE CROSS (IRE) 129 J: Rowan Scott
T: Phillip Makin
Age: 7 Wgt: 9-0 OR: 97
Phillip Makin (97)
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hinted at a revival; missed the break, raced centre, held up, still plenty to do over 1f out, stayed on gradually; he's already due to be 4 lb lower in future.
missed break, held up, still off pace over 1f out, stayed on gradually
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11 (17) 11 (17) Clifford Lee silk sh 12. PENDLETON 12. PENDLETON -1 <
90
+6 > 89 Clifford Lee 5 9-2 40/141 40/141
Clifford Lee silk bg GARSWOOD 122 - ANGLEZARKE (IRE) 109 ACCLAMATION 118 J: Clifford Lee
T: Michael Dods
Age: 5 Wgt: 9-2 Eq: (s) OR: 99
Michael Dods (s) (99)
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failed to come on for recent run; raced centre, chased leaders, effort when hung left under 2f out, one paced.
chased leaders, effort when hung left under 2f out, one paced
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12 (10) 12 (10) Callum Rodriguez silk ½ 16. VOLATILE ANALYST (USA) 16. VOLATILE ANALYST (USA) -5 <
87
+22 > 87 Callum Rodriguez 4 9-1 28/129 28/129
Callum Rodriguez silk bg DISTORTED HUMOR (USA) 117 - GENTLE CAROLINE (USA) STREET SENSE (USA) 128 J: Callum Rodriguez
T: Keith Dalgleish
Age: 4 Wgt: 9-1 OR: 98
Keith Dalgleish (98)
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again ran below form, probably asked to do too much over a trip shy of his best these days; raced far side, close up until 1f out, faded.
close up until 1f out, faded
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13 (9) 13 (9) G. F. Carroll silk ¾ 8. VENTUROUS (IRE) 8. VENTUROUS (IRE) +10 <
86
86 G. F. Carroll 8 9-3 50/151 50/151
G. F. Carroll silk chg RAVEN'S PASS (USA) 133 - BOLD DESIRE 58+ CADEAUX GENEREUX 131 J: G. F. Carroll
T: David Barron
Age: 8 Wgt: 9-3 OR: 100
David Barron (100)
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wasn't on a going day; raced far side, in rear, hung right 2f out, merely passed beaten horses.
rear, hung right 2f out, passed beaten rivals
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13 (8) 13 (8) Jason Watson silk dh 4. GULLIVER 4. GULLIVER +19 <
89+
-33 > 89 Jason Watson 7 9-6 14/115 14/115
Jason Watson silk bg SAYIF (IRE) 122 - SWEET COINCIDENCE 69 MUJAHID (USA) 125p J: Jason Watson
T: David O'Meara
Age: 7 Wgt: 9-6 Eq: (s+t) OR: 103
David O'Meara (s+t) (103)
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after just 6 days off, probably remains in form, easy to put a line through this run; awkward leaving stalls, raced far side, raced off the pace, not clear run 2f out, denied a run soon after, had to pick way through, one paced.
awkward start, off pace, not clear run 2f out, not clear run soon after, weaved through, one paced
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15 (14) 15 (14) Laura Pearson silk ½ 7. SNAZZY JAZZY (IRE) 7. SNAZZY JAZZY (IRE) +17 <
85
-8 > 86 Laura Pearson (3) 6 9-4 40/141 40/141
Laura Pearson silk bh RED JAZZ (USA) 125 - BULRUSHES BYRON 117 J: Laura Pearson (3)
T: Lawrence Mullaney
Age: 6 Wgt: 9-4 OR: 101
Lawrence Mullaney (101)
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continues to be set stiff tasks and underperformed this time; dwelt, raced centre off the pace, effort over 2f out, brief headway, hung left, not sustain effort.
dwelt, off pace, effort over 2f out, brief effort, hung left, not sustain effort
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16 (7) 16 (7) Joe Fanning silk ns 22. LEXINGTON DASH (FR) 22. LEXINGTON DASH (FR) +11 <
81
82 Joe Fanning 4 9-0 66/167 66/167
Joe Fanning silk bc SIYOUNI (FR) 122 - MYTHICAL BORDER (USA) 100 JOHANNESBURG (USA) 127 J: Joe Fanning
T: Richard Hannon
Age: 4 Wgt: 9-0 OR: 97
Richard Hannon (97)
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back under a fully-fledged rider, just seemed to find this too competitive and didn't give his running; awkward leaving stalls, raced far side, raced well off the pace, effort closest to far rail over 2f out, never better than mid-field.
awkward start, behind, effort over 2f out, never better than mid-field
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17 (11) 17 (11) Hollie Doyle silk hd 20. POPMASTER (IRE) 20. POPMASTER (IRE) +24 <
85
+16 > 86 Hollie Doyle 3 9-1 15/28.5 15/28.5
Hollie Doyle silk grg GUTAIFAN (IRE) 117 - BEST NEW SHOW (IRE) 68 CLODOVIL (IRE) 116 J: Hollie Doyle
T: Ed Walker
Age: 3 Wgt: 9-1 Eq: (b) OR: 100
Ed Walker (b) (100)
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was surprisingly fitted with first-time blinkers given how he'd been progressing of late and might not have taken to the headgear, certainly disappointing; raced far side, chased leaders in group, effort over 2f out, carried head bit awkwardly, faded.
chased leaders, effort over 2f out, carried head bit awkwardly, faded
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18 (3) 18 (3) Megan Nicholls silk ½ 18. HEY JONESY (IRE) 18. HEY JONESY (IRE) +15 <
80
+9 > 81 Megan Nicholls 6 9-1 33/134 33/134
Megan Nicholls silk bg EXCELEBRATION (IRE) 133 - FIKRAH 92 MEDICEAN 128 J: Megan Nicholls
T: Kevin Ryan
Age: 6 Wgt: 9-1 Eq: (s) OR: 98
Kevin Ryan (s) (98)
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is operating a notch below his best at present and found this environment exposing that after 7 weeks off; raced far side, mid-division, weakening when short of room inside final 1f.
mid-division, weakening when short of room inside final 1f
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19 (12) 19 (12) Pierre-Louis Jamin silk ½ 5. BRAD THE BRIEF 5. BRAD THE BRIEF -39 <
82
83 Pierre-Louis Jamin (5) 4 9-5 50/151 50/151
Pierre-Louis Jamin silk bg DUTCH ART 126 - KENZADARGENT (FR) 111 KENDARGENT (FR) 112 J: Pierre-Louis Jamin (5)
T: Tom Dascombe
Age: 4 Wgt: 9-5 OR: 102
Tom Dascombe (102)
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filled the same well-beaten spot he had in the Great St Wilfrid; raced far side, led group (about 3 lengths behind the leaders down the centre), faded from 2f out.
led group, faded from 2f out
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20 (13) 20 (13) Oisin McSweeney silk 6. MR LUPTON (IRE) 6. MR LUPTON (IRE) -14 <
77
+15 > 78 Oisin McSweeney (7) 8 9-5 33/134 33/134
Oisin McSweeney silk chg ELNADIM (USA) 128 - CHILOE WIGEON (IRE) 55 DOCKSIDER (USA) 124 J: Oisin McSweeney (7)
T: Richard Fahey
Age: 8 Wgt: 9-5 Eq: (s) OR: 102
Richard Fahey (s) (102)
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in first-time cheekpieces, again ran poorly; raced far side, handy, not quicken over 1f out, faded.
handy, not quicken over 1f out, faded
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21 (21) 21 (21) Billy Garritty silk 24. OSTILIO 24. OSTILIO +31 <
65
67 Billy Garritty (3) 6 8-13 14/115 14/115
Billy Garritty silk chg NEW APPROACH (IRE) 132 - REEM THREE 103 MARK OF ESTEEM (IRE) 137 J: Billy Garritty (3)
T: Paul Midgley
Age: 6 Wgt: 8-13 OR: 96
Paul Midgley (96)
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had loooked to be coming to the boil but flopped back in a handicap; raced centre, mid-field, lost place under 2f out, hung right, dropped away.
mid-field, lost place under 2f out, hung right, dropped away
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22 (18) 22 (18) Paul Mulrennan silk 21. JUST FRANK 21. JUST FRANK +45 <
65
-8 > 68 Paul Mulrennan 3 9-1 15/28.5 15/28.5
Paul Mulrennan silk bg EPAULETTE (AUS) 126 - MABINIA (IRE) CAPE CROSS (IRE) 129 J: Paul Mulrennan
T: Les Eyre
Age: 3 Wgt: 9-1 Eq: (s) OR: 100
Les Eyre (s) (100)
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wasn't in anything like the same form as last time, Thirsk a more suitable track for front-running than this one, particularly in something this competitive; raced centre, disputed lead until 2f out, folded 1f out.
disputed lead until 2f out, weakened 1f out
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23 (24) 23 (24) Daniel Muscutt silk 5 17. ABOVE (FR) 17. ABOVE (FR) +49 <
44
48 Daniel Muscutt 4 9-1 80/181 80/181
Daniel Muscutt silk bg ANJAAL 117 - BROKEN APPLAUSE (IRE) 94 ACCLAMATION 118 J: Daniel Muscutt
T: Stuart Williams
Age: 4 Wgt: 9-1 Eq: (t) OR: 98
Stuart Williams (t) (98)
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without usual headgear but in first-time tongue strap, was well held on first outing since leaving Archie Watson after 3 months off; raced centre, prominent, weakened under 2f out.
prominent, weakened under 2f out
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24 (23) 24 (23) Tom Eaves silk ½ 11. SUNDAY SOVEREIGN 11. SUNDAY SOVEREIGN +63 <
44
+61 > 49 Tom Eaves 4 9-3 50/151 50/151
Tom Eaves silk bg EQUIANO (FR) 127 - RED SOVEREIGN 81 DANZIG CONNECTION (USA) J: Tom Eaves
T: Tim Easterby
Age: 4 Wgt: 9-3 Eq: (t) OR: 100
Tim Easterby (t) (100)
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ran too badly to be true back over a full 6f; raced centre, disputed lead 4f, weakened.
disputed lead 4f, weakened
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Non Runners: CHIEFOFCHIEFS.

Winning Owner: King Power Racing Co Ltd

Time: 1m 10.03s Closing Sectional: (3.00f): 34.90s (100.3%)

Overrounds: Industry SP 139%, Betfair SP 100.4%

A thrilling climax to an Ayr Gold Cup that seemed to feature slightly more progressive youngsters than has tended to be the case in recent years, the prinicpals right across the track in the latter stages with the result in the balance between a pair on either rail until deep inside the final 1f, the next couple home coming from the centre group suggesting a fair track, though given that the winner raced alone on his side there's clearly a chance he was advantaged.

BIELSA (IRE) had the cheekpieces left off this time, whether that was a big factor hard to tell, his solo position on the stand rail probably at least as crucial, though he'd been threatening to win a race like this for some time, providing his trainer with a fifth Ayr Gold Cup; raced alone on stand side, in touch overall, headway under 2f out, led entering final 1f, stayed on well; a 6-y-o who'd been beaten in his previous 9 handicaps, it's likely this was a career highlight rather than a springboard to pattern races.

GREAT AMBASSADOR confirmed himself one of the most progressive sprinters around, moving through the race like still some way ahead of his mark, denied only by one who raced alone on the opposite side of the track; raced far side, waited with, travelled fluently, steady headway from halfway, led group over 1f out and shot clear on his side but couldn't keep tabs with winner close home; this is the first season in which he's been campaigned as a sprinter and he remains capable of better as a 5-y-o, while he'll be of major interest back on the all-weather this winter, too.

MR WAGYU (IRE) has had a fairly remarkable season, beginning it by finishing well down the field from a mark of 70 yet this latest chapter seeing him run a blinder in one of the toughest sprint handicaps in the calendar from a mark nudging 100; raced centre, close up, led on bridle over 2f out, headed over 1f out, ran on, first home in group.

MOTAGALLY ran creditably in a more competitive event than he's used to; raced centre, mid-field, chased leaders 2f out, ran on, second home in group; he's unexposed on all-weather with a view to the winter.

EDRAAK (IRE) doesn't have much in hand from this mark (claimer in the saddle this time), but is plainly still in form; raced centre, chased leaders, effort around 2f out, ran on.

COUNT D'ORSAY (IRE) looks to be coming to the boil, 2 promising efforts in top-end handicaps a week apart, better both on softer ground and over a shorter trip than he faced here and he's one to keep in mind for something in the mud in the latter part of the season; raced far side, in touch, loomed up 2f out, every chance over 1f out, no extra only late on having been struck into but still finished second home in group.

COMMANCHE FALLS might have been a touch rusty 7 weeks on from his Stewards' Cup success having been thriving at that point, hardly running badly in the circumstances at any rate; raced far side, held up, not clear run over 2f out, progress 1f out, kept on, third home in group.

SUMMERGHAND (IRE) claimer ridden, shaped similarly to in the Stewards' Cup when last in a handicap, his mark higher than it's ever been having won a listed race in between, hard to think he's in any way well treated from a lofty perch of 112; raced centre, mid-field, met some trouble over 2f out, stayed on gradually.

FIVETHOUSANDTOONE (IRE) wasn't disgraced having a first ever handicap start, a move into contention alongside Great Ambassador (whom he'd finished behind last time) petering out somewhat late on; raced far side, in rear, headway 2f out, threatened briefly, not quicken final 1f.

LAHORE (USA) hinted at a revival; missed the break, raced centre, held up, still plenty to do over 1f out, stayed on gradually; he's already due to be 4 lb lower in future.

PENDLETON failed to come on for recent run; raced centre, chased leaders, effort when hung left under 2f out, one paced.

VOLATILE ANALYST (USA) again ran below form, probably asked to do too much over a trip shy of his best these days; raced far side, close up until 1f out, faded.

VENTUROUS (IRE) wasn't on a going day; raced far side, in rear, hung right 2f out, merely passed beaten horses.

GULLIVER after just 6 days off, probably remains in form, easy to put a line through this run; awkward leaving stalls, raced far side, raced off the pace, not clear run 2f out, denied a run soon after, had to pick way through, one paced.

SNAZZY JAZZY (IRE) continues to be set stiff tasks and underperformed this time; dwelt, raced centre off the pace, effort over 2f out, brief headway, hung left, not sustain effort.

LEXINGTON DASH (FR) back under a fully-fledged rider, just seemed to find this too competitive and didn't give his running; awkward leaving stalls, raced far side, raced well off the pace, effort closest to far rail over 2f out, never better than mid-field.

POPMASTER (IRE) was surprisingly fitted with first-time blinkers given how he'd been progressing of late and might not have taken to the headgear, certainly disappointing; raced far side, chased leaders in group, effort over 2f out, carried head bit awkwardly, faded.

HEY JONESY (IRE) is operating a notch below his best at present and found this environment exposing that after 7 weeks off; raced far side, mid-division, weakening when short of room inside final 1f.

BRAD THE BRIEF filled the same well-beaten spot he had in the Great St Wilfrid; raced far side, led group (about 3 lengths behind the leaders down the centre), faded from 2f out.

MR LUPTON (IRE) in first-time cheekpieces, again ran poorly; raced far side, handy, not quicken over 1f out, faded.

OSTILIO had loooked to be coming to the boil but flopped back in a handicap; raced centre, mid-field, lost place under 2f out, hung right, dropped away.

JUST FRANK wasn't in anything like the same form as last time, Thirsk a more suitable track for front-running than this one, particularly in something this competitive; raced centre, disputed lead until 2f out, folded 1f out.

ABOVE (FR) without usual headgear but in first-time tongue strap, was well held on first outing since leaving Archie Watson after 3 months off; raced centre, prominent, weakened under 2f out.

SUNDAY SOVEREIGN ran too badly to be true back over a full 6f; raced centre, disputed lead 4f, weakened.