Bets of the Day: Fiddlers Bow can do the business again at Ayr

Ayr Jumps action
Despite his age Julia Brooke's gelding is still improving

Alan Thompson has two interesting selections for us today from Ayr and Exeter...

"he hasn't been out the first three on his last five starts and I expect to see the consistent gelding at the business end of the race "

Back Fiddlers Bow @ 4/1 in the Ayr 15:35

Fiddlers Bow has finally found a winning note

Ayr 15:35

It may have taken a while for the penny to drop on Julia Brooke's 10-year-old gelding Fiddlers Bow, he eventually won at the 16th time of asking over fences when scoring over two miles at this venue earlier this month. Once again this win came after the miraculous wind operation and I suspect there is probably more improvement to come despite his age. He will have to do it off 5lbs higher today but he hasn't been out the first three on his last five starts and I expect to see the consistent gelding at the business end of the race again today.

I think that Lucy Alexander is one of the best female jump jockeys on the circuit and I think her ride today Calivigny could give the selection the most to do. Another elder statesman at 10-years-old again and also improving after wind surgery. He is seeking a hat-trick of wins after winning over two and a half miles and three and a quarter miles on his last two starts. He drops in distance today but I don't think that will inconvenience him to much and despite a 5lb rise for his latest win, he has won in the past off 6lbs higher. I like both these runners today but just think that Fiddlers Bow may still have more to come after the recent operation and he gets the nod.

Yalltari looks a class above these

Exeter 15:25

Make no mistake this is a quality novice chase with some potentially useful types in the field but I can't get away from the favourite Yalltari for the in form Venitia Williams yard. He has made an excellent start to his chasing career the lightly raced eight-year-old, who was unbeaten over hurdles last season, has looked even better since being switched to the larger obstacles. He followed up his debut second with a very easy success against decent handicap company last time. He may well be short enough at 2.26/5 and I wouldn't be keen on backing him if he went as short as evens but rated 147 he sets a very high standard and I am not sure that any of the field are good enough to live with that.

King Of Realms for the Ian Williams team are next in the betting and their charge was a useful bumper and hurdle winner last season who made a successful chasing debut at Ascot in November. However, he then really disappointed when well fancied for a Grade 2 contest at Doncaster last time and off the same weight, rated 8lb inferior to the selection, he is going to have to have to produce something really special to get ahead of Yalltari.

2019 Overall: +1.00pts

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