We head north of the border in search of Placepot glory at Ayr on Monday...
"The first selection is Lord Fox who was second over C&D in heavy ground recently with a few of these in behind looks a worthy favourite..."
12:45 - A sole selection will suffice in the opening contest on the card, a novice hurdle over 21.5 furlongs and although her price is short Layla Joan should prove very hard to beat. She won her second point and ran out an easy winner on her hurdling debut at Fairyhouse on New Year's Day. She is still capable of significant further improvement and can take this on her way to bigger things.
13:15 - It is a similar story in the maiden hurdle which follows with the sole selection being Final Assault in what looks an uncompetitive contest. Lucinda Russell's charge has made steady progress in his career thus far, a runner-up on his completed start in an Irish point and runner-up at Musselburgh last time on third start over hurdles. He sets the standard and will figure at the very least.
13:45 - In contrast the handicap chase which follows looks to be a highly competitive affair, with a number of unexposed contenders set to take their chance. The first selection is Lord Fox, who was second over C&D in heavy ground recently with a few of these in behind. The winner of that contest followed up in style at Wetherby on last week and he looks a worthy favourite. The other to get the nod at larger odds is Cottiers Den, who remains with potential over fences and has the ability to bounce back providing the late fall at Wetherby last month hasn't left its mark.
14:15 - It's a two-mile handicap hurdle up next, with some interesting representatives from both sides of the Irish sea. Court Jester's withdrawal means a single selection will have to suffice again and Shanroe Society is the most appealing and gets the vote; he ran easily the best race at Navan when a close second to Wither Hills in December but struggled at Punchestown 10 days later. Now he's a had a decent layoff a return to form looks likely.
14:50 - Grey Area made a perfect start for this yard when winning at Newcastle and Kelso last Spring, but hit the deck early on his recent return. However, he is given another chance to resume winning ways given the amount of ability he showed last year and is the first pick in this staying handicap hurdle. The second to make the cut is Hellorboston for the in-form McCain-Maguire axis; he was a dual bumper winner and showed marked improvement on his second run over hurdles when runner-up at Hexham in December. Blinkers have been fitted after disappointing at Kelso last time and a bold bid would be no surprise.
15:20 - The final leg of today's perm consists of just one horse in the form of Settledoutofcourt. He looks to hold strong claims to the two-and-a-half mile handicap chase after winning three of his last four starts , with his sound jumping holding him in particularly good stead. He can continue his hot streak here, looking capable of enough improvement required to take this contest.
12:45 - 1
13:15 - 1
13:45 - 4,5
14:15 - 3
14:50 - 3,7
15:20 - 2
= 4 lines