Ayr

  • 16:05 Sked Construction - Concrete's What We Do Nursery1m

  • Winner £9,338 2nd £2,796 3rd £1,398 4th £699
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 1m 47.24s
  • Off time: 16:06:28
16:05 Ayr Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Top Notch Tonto (IRE) 11/1
2nd Kolonel Kirkup 4/1
3rd Bonnie Lesley (IRE) 9/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (6) 130336 Brown, Brown cap, Beige star Top Notch Tonto (IRE) 8
2 9-7 I W McInnes D Swift (3) 92 11/112.00
3 (7) 01 Purple, Red star, Red cap Complexity 41
2 8-11 C Hills R Winston 82 14/115.00
4 (3) 7122 Emerald Green, White cross belts, Orange sleeves, Royal Blue cap Dusky Queen (IRE) 21
2 8-10 R A Fahey T Hamilton 81 5/16.00
5 (10) 91 Yellow, royal blue stars, yellow cap Pearl Castle (IRE) 29
Distance Winner
2 8-10 A M Balding G Lee 81 9/43.25
6 (2) 924114 LIGHT BLUE, ORANGE epaulets Bonnie Lesley (IRE) 28
Course Winner
2 8-8 K Dalgleish P Mulrennan 79 9/25.50
7 (1) 722103 Black and White diamonds Secret Destination 26
2 8-5 B Ellison Barry McHugh 76 10/111.00
8 (8) 252718 Royal blue, white hoops, chevrons on sleeves Old Man Clegg 13
2 8-2 M W Easterby J P Sullivan 73 7/18.00
9 (5) 21 Dark Blue and Yellow (quartered), Yellow sleeves, Dark Blue stars and stars on cap Kolonel Kirkup 40
2 8-1 M Dods M Demuro 72 4/15.00
Non runners
2 (4)3116Shrewd29-0M L W BellNon Runner85
10 (11)84773Foolbythepool27-12K DalgleishShirley Teasdale66
11 (9)0464Attansky (IRE)27-12T D EasterbyNatalia Gemelova64

Verdict

SHREWD, already a winner on heavy ground over 7f at Newbury, couldn't complete the hat-trick when favourite at Newmarket last time but he was only beaten a length-and-a-half and that was the first time he'd raced on a faster surface. With Ian Burns taking off 7lb, Michael Bell's colt deserves another chance. Pearl Castle won at Goodwood when stepped up to 1m last month and should continue to progress but Complexity just scraped home in a four-runner race at Folkestone last time and has been harshly assessed on that evidence. Thirsk winner Kolonel Kirkup could be interesting off a low weight, however, while Bonnie Lesley and Secret Destination have proved fairly consistent though probably hold few secrets from the handicapper. That also looks to be the case with Top Notch Tonto but Dusky Queen has only had four starts and should be suited by the step up in distance.