With Newbury's maiden-heavy card looking impossible from a placepot perspective, Timeform's Adam Brookes turns his attentions to this afternoon's jumps meeting at Ayr...
"Divers got on well with the champion jockey when the pair combined for the first time to finish fourth in the Byrne Group Plate at the Cheltenham Festival and Ferdy Murphy’s grey is the first name on the list."
14:20 - With Dildar having so far failed to fully convince with his jumping, the opening juvenile hurdle should go the way of the progressive Lexi's Boy. Donald McCain's grey had a next-time-out winner in third when winning an Ascot handicap at the beginning of the month and is sure to give another good account under a similarly positive ride.
14:50 - The second, a handicap hurdle, is an open race but Ebanour has done little wrong when placed in his last six outings, beating a subsequent winner into fourth when landing a novice at Sedgefield last month. Chase winner Laterly wasn't discredited back over hurdles under today's 10-lb claimer at Stratford last time and today's race looks easier.
15:25 - The upwardly-mobile pair Likeable Rogue and Vintage Star appear the two to take in the third leg, a handicap hurdle for novices. Handicap debutant Likeable Rogue hails from a yard bang in form and has shown definite promise in his couple of runs under Rules, while Vintage Star will be suited by the return to three miles and looks a genuine sort.
16:00 - Divers got on well with the champion jockey when the pair combined for the first time to finish fourth in the Byrne Group Plate at the Cheltenham Festival and Ferdy Murphy's grey is the first name on the list in an easier race. Gansey may not be the easiest to win with but he's returned to form of late and makes most appeal of the remainder.
16:35 - Cheltenham Festival also-ran Red Tanber is certainly of interest now back in calmer waters but he's had a long season and Kai Broon, who was very impressive when winning at Kelso last time, is the preferred banker. Kai Broon's actually ran to a higher Timeform rating over fences when second in a novice at the same track the time before so clearly has the potential to do better despite a 10lb higher BHA mark.
17:05 - Having been frugal in previous legs we can afford to take a few in the last in the hope of claiming the 'pot. Irish raider Nanna Maura catches the eye as the mount of Barry Geraghty and is sure to be suited by having her stamina drawn out, while the Jason Maguire-ridden Cinderella Rose is likely to come on for her recent Newbury return. Front-runner Ambrose Princess appeals as another likely to go close having fared very well on the Flat recently.
14:20 - 1
14:50 - 1, 4
15:25 - 2, 4
16:00 - 1, 9
16:35 - 5
17:05 - 1, 2, 8
= 24 lines
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