Through The Card: Ayr, Friday 12 April
Timeform take you through the card at Ayr on Friday...
"...there is no reason why he shouldn't give another good account, with champion jockey Richard Johnson taking over in the saddle for the first time..."
Timeform on Myplaceatmidnight
13:50 - GALVIN (1) was a comfortable winner of his penultimate outing over C&D, and shaped better than the bare result when sixth in the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham last time, unable to quicken in the straight after several mistakes on the way round. Still lightly raced after only four starts over hurdles, Gordon Elliott's charge may yet have more to offer now back in these calmer waters, and he looks a worthy favourite with his chief rival on form, Getaway Trump, having something to prove on the back of a disappointing fourth at Kelso last time.
14:20 - KELKA (5) is well treated based on the form she was showing a couple of years ago and, in an open affair, it might be worth taking a chance that a wind op has done the trick for her. Theatre Legend hasn't been missed by the handicapper after his Wetherby win, but there's a good chance there's more to come, while Nicky Henderson's Champagne Mystery is also much respected now making a quick switch to handicaps.
14:55 - MYPLACEATMIDNIGHT (1) made the most of a good opportunity at Plumpton last time, making all the running and staying on strongly to win by three and a half lengths. Neil King's charge reverts to handicaps here from a mark 4 lb higher than when second at Wincanton the time before, but he has a generally progressive profile on the whole, and there is no reason why he shouldn't give another good account, with champion jockey Richard Johnson taking over in the saddle for the first time, too.
15:30 - GOLD PRESENT (1) has had a light campaign and, with an excellent record fresh (won on reappearance in 2016/17 and 2017/18), he could be set for a big run in this valuable handicap. He gets the vote over Born Survivor, one of two for Dan Skelton who bids to win this for a third year in a row, and Forth Bridge.
16:00 - NIVEN (1) has been given a chance by the handicapper despite shaping as if still in top form last time so he's worth chancing in a tricky contest. Boagrius has to be well respected in his bid for the hat-trick and there's a strong chance ex-pointer Ravenhill Road has a bigger performance in him over fences.
16:30 - DERRIANA SPIRIT (5) failed to meet market expectations when only third on her handicap debut here five weeks ago, just keeping on at the one pace late on to be beaten 14 lengths. Nevertheless, that is not to say that she won't prove capable of better another day, especially now stepping up to three miles for the first time, and this lightly-raced sort could well be worth another chance, with a BHA mark of 115 still appealing as fair on the evidence of her novice hurdle victory at Newcastle in January.
17:05 - MY WAY (3) ran his best race to date for Paul Nicholls despite finding one too good over shorter at Kempton last month and, now his stamina is drawn out further, there appears no reason why he won't make his presence felt again. Shoal Bay has looked a candidate for headgear and, equipped with blinkers, he may well feature. Stop The World and Follow The Bear complete the shortlist in the finale.
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