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20:05
AYR
Saturday 11th August

Gas Sure & James Frew Handicap (Class 5)

Distance: 7f 50y Going: Good To Firm
Analysis

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Verdict

John Quinn has his team in excellent form and NAPLES BAY may be capable of defying just a 2lb rise for last month's C&D success.

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Naples Bay
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1
(7)
Sultan Baybars
J: Jack Garritty
T: David O'Meara
Form: 496473
Age: 4
Weight: 10-1
Seems to be going backwards lately with a below expectation third of six on a Catterick claimer last month and has to get back to the form he showed with Roger Varian last season. Down four pounds here.
Seems to be going the wrong way, finishing a poor 3rd in Catterick claimer last time
5
(5)
Reinforced
J: Andrew Mullen
T: Michael Dods
Form: 24-031
Age: 5
Weight: 9-10
A course and distance winner last time out when holding off Mischief Managed by three-quarters of a length after making all and running on strongly as needed. Up three pounds but could be hard to catch.
Made all over C&D 19 days ago; fresh for time of year and should be competitive up 3lb
6
(9)
Royal Duchess
J: Phil Dennis
T: Lucy Normile
Form: 47-722
Age: 8
Weight: 9-9
Four course wins in 2014, 2015 (twice) and 2016 but without a victory in over two years now. Beaten three and a half lengths here last time off this rating and takes a step up in class today.
C&D specialist; runner-up here last twice; go well again
7
(12)
Majeste
J: Jamie Gormley
T: Rebecca Bastiman
Form: 0-7967
Age: 4
Weight: 9-7
One win from ten starts for Richard Hannon but four starts without a place since joining this yard in March. Upped in trip after a seventh over shorter in June and down three pounds, best chance for some time here.
Held in 4 runs for new yard but starting to look well treated; market support significant
8
(2)
Naples Bay
J: Jason Hart
T: John Quinn
Form: -31831
Age: 4
Weight: 9-7
Two wins from four Ayr starts for a 50% strike rate with two of them this season, one over six furlongs and the latest over course and distance last time out. Won by a neck in a lesser race and up two pounds now.
Suited by step up to 7f when notching 2nd course win of year 12 days ago; leading claims
9
(3)
Grinty
J: Callum Rodriguez
T: Michael Dods
Form: 223-07
Age: 4
Weight: 9-6
Two runs this season with an eleventh at Doncaster and a seventh at Thirsk, beaten over four lengths over this trip. Only win was in a maiden last year but coming down the handicap and heading toward a mark he can win from.
Below par in just 2 outings this year but starting to look well treated again
10
(8)
Columbia Kid
J: James Sullivan
T: Lee Smyth
Form: 3-0207
Age: 3
Weight: 9-5
Still a maiden after six starts, placed twice here over six furlongs so handles the track but last of seven on handicap bow here last month. Up a furlong but needs to do more off a pound lower.
Placed twice in 6f novices here but well held on last month's course h'cap bow
11
(6)
Zoravan
J: Connor Beasley
T: Keith Dalgleish
Form: 442294
Age: 5
Weight: 9-3
Stable won this in 2013 and 2017 and he looks their first string here. Top four finishes in six of his last seven starts, without a win since April last year off a mark of 80 and clearly well-handicapped now off just 60.
2-30 but capable of going close off this mark; too much to do when 4th over C&D latest
12
(11)
Heir Of Excitement
J: Graham Lee
T: Kevin Ryan
Form: 060680
Age: 4
Weight: 9-2
Badly out of form lately with an eighth after a wind operation followed by a thirteen length tenth in first-time blinkers. Down another four pounds here but needs rejuvenation.
Badly out of sorts this year; plummeting down the weights but plenty to prove.
2
(1)
Inexes
T: Marjorie Fife
Form: 9-6968
Age: 6
Weight: 10-1
3
(4)
Forever A Lady
T: Keith Dalgleish
Form: 534142
Age: 5
Weight: 9-10
4
(10)
Royal Connoisseur
T: Richard Fahey
Form: 047818
Age: 7
Weight: 9-10
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1 (7) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/4/1/4/95414.png Sultan Baybars
5 (5) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/0/2/3/262320.png Reinforced
6 (9) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/8/7/7/157778.png Royal Duchess
7 (12) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/9/1/8/259819.png Majeste
8 (2) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/1/9/9/252991.png Naples Bay
9 (3) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/5/9/6/143695.png Grinty
10 (8) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/1/7/1/261171.png Columbia Kid
11 (6) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/7/1/7/157717.png Zoravan
12 (11) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/b/9/9/259699b.png Heir Of Excitement
2 (1) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/9/1/8/37819.png Inexes
3 (4) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/0/4/5/149540.png Forever A Lady
4 (10) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/8/5/5/173558.png Royal Connoisseur
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