An agonising near-miss in yesterday's Ascot Placepot has Timeform's Matt Gardner all the more eager to land the spoils at Ayr this afternoon...
Time to put all of our eggs in one basket once more, and bank on Here Now and Why to deliver in the final leg...
14:00 - Newcomers Greeley's Love and Causeway Foot are both of interest here, whilst Sennockian Star ought to leave her debut effort well behind, but the Charlie Hills-trained One More Word sets a high standard, having finished second to subsequent Ascot winner Toronado and the potentially smart Montiridge in his two starts to date, and he is likely to take a good deal of beating here.
14:30 - Chosen Character is able to race off the same mark as when successful at Haydock last Friday, and a quick-fire double is most certainly on the cards for the Tom Dascombe-trained four-year-old. Iffraam and Safe House are both relatively unexposed, but Chosen Character is a confident selection to see us safely through.
15:05 - Cheeky Wee Red got herself off the mark in a C&D apprentice handicap last month and followed-up with further success at Musselburgh a week later. She has gone up just 3 lb in the handicap for that latter win, which does not appeal as being overly harsh, and the four-year-old may enter the winners' enclosure once more. It's also worth including Military Call, who won over C&D 12 months ago off this mark, and there were some positives to take from his 2012 reappearance when making late headway over a furlong shorter than today's race distance.
15:35 - Having been fairly frugal early on, we can afford to throw three at this reasonably open contest. Social Rhythm, Mark Anthony and Kyllachykov all arrive here in top form and, with three places currently on offer, we have an excellent opportunity to at least double up, with not that many of our selections rivals having outstanding claims.
16:10 - Luctor Emergo's revised mark may not be enough to prevent him following-up his C&D win earlier in the month, but he has displayed wayward tendencies on a number of occasions, including when hanging badly right in the aforementioned race, and he does not inspire the utmost confidence. Instead, we will side with Free Art, who can bounce back from a rare below-par effort at Redcar last time, and Sedgwick, who hinted at a revival last time and, if returning to his Doncaster winning form, would not be out of this by any means.
16:45 - Time to put all of our eggs in one basket once more, and bank on Here Now And Why to deliver in the final leg. The five-year-old scored twice last year and has returned in 2012 in good form, arguably unlucky not to finish much closer on his most recent start at Hamilton. Main rivals Lees Anthem Myjestic Melody both have to bounce back from poor runs last time, presenting Here Now And Why with an excellent opportunity.
14:00 - 5
14:30 - 3
15:05 - 3, 5
15:35 - 2, 6, 8
16:10 - 2, 4
16:45 - 3
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