Through The Card: Ayr, Wednesday January 31

There is racing from Ayr on Wednesday
There is racing from Ayr on Wednesday

Timeform take you through the card at Ayr on Wednesday...

"He can dominate this small field."

13:35 - A tight maiden hurdle. ARDEAN LASS (8) finished second to a nice prospect here at the start of the month and should go well again, especially with Brian Hughes taking over in the saddle for the first time. The Rose Dobbin yard continue in good form and SWEET AS CANDY (7) could be the other one to include here, with this extra furlong expected to suit given how he shaped when fourth at Newcastle last time.

14:05 - Uncle Alastair is a progressive sort and remains of plenty of interest after his win here last time. He does have to concede a double penalty here, however, and may be disadvantaged by stepping back in trip (looks a strong stayer), so it could be worth including BULKOV (2). He only gave best to a subsequent winner at Sedgefield last time, and should be competitive in receipt of lumps of weight from the favourite.

14:35 - This isn't a strong race and could be a good opportunity for COCKLEY BECK (1) on her handicap debut. She was a bit disappointing on Boxing Day at Wetherby, but on her bumper form and her second here in November she is on a very workable mark (should be even better at this sort of trip given her strength in the finish on her starts over two miles).

15:10 - A fair bit to like about SHANROE STREET (2), who was beaten by the progressive mare Lochnell here in December. The winner followed up in a similar race earlier this month and with Shanroe Street expected to get an easy lead here, he can dominate this small field.

15:45 - It's hard not to include HILLS OF DUBAI (1) after his impressive chasing debut here last time. He's clearly been something of a fragile horse, but he's got plenty of scope and looked an absolute natural. The fact he is out again so soon is probably a good sign, and he could be hard to stop in his follow-up bid. The other interesting one is VALZAN (6), whose best form in France came over this sort of trip. He's shaped like a non stayer on his last couple of outings over three miles, and isn't one to write off from a falling mark.

16:20 - Sao Maxence beat three of these here last month but has to give weight away here to a couple of interesting newcomers in the form of SPORTING PRESS (4), who cost a bit and represents a yard who do well in this sphere, and PRECIOUS CARGO (3), who makes plenty of appeal on paper (by Yeats and out of a bumper winner).

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