We head to Ayr for a low-risk perm in search of Tuesday's Placepot...
"W Six Times, who just failed to land a big gamble last time but has more to come and may gain compensation here..."
13:50 - We kick off proceedings with a two-mile maiden hurdle and Titus Bolt, who was just touched off in a warm Musselburgh handicap last time and only requires a similar level of form to take this contest and register his first success over jumps for local trainer Jim Goldie. The other to get the nod is Moss Street for not-so-local trainer Gordon Elliot. He's got plenty of experience over hurdles and if he's in the same form as when he ran third to Plinth at Leopardstown he holds strong claims, and is taken to bounce back from disappointing at Fairyhouse last time.
14:20 - Layla Joan looks likely to make it three from three over hurdles and add another course success to her tally in this novice hurdle over an extended 21 furlongs, but it might be better to side with Fine Rightly to follow her home. He will need to jump better than when taking a two-mile contest here last month but the step up in trip should help the cause.
14:55 - Two selections will suffice in what looks a highly competitve conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle, the first of which is Millers Reef who lost his way for Andrew Parker but has been revitalised since switching to the care of Keith Dalgleish. He won on his first start for his new handler at Wetherby and had yet to play his hand at Southwell last time before unseating, and should go well. The other to get the nod is W Six Times, who just failed to land a big gamble last time, travelling strongly but carried left and worried out on the run in. He has more to come and may gain compensation here, although is worth a market check.
15:25 - She Ranks Me looks a very short price on her chasing debut and Ballyben is entitled to build on his opening effort over fences, and gets the vote. He was certainly in need of the experience at Newcastle but looks the one most likely to capitalise if the favourite struggles with the switch to chasing.
16:00 - We focus on our second Jim Goldie-trained horse of today in the two mile handicap chase which follows and Too Coo To Fool shaped well in a staying chase here last time, and although the drop back in trip is a significant change, he looks well up to scoring over fences at some stage and he might surprise a few.
16:30 - The booking of A P McCoy for the British debut of Barneys Honour looks a signal of intent and given he scored three times in Ireland last term and has shaped with promise on his last couple of outings, he could put it all together today and record his first success of the 2014. The other to take a chance on is And The Man, who was a wide margin C&D winner last time and is clearly well handicapped. The only issue with him is consistency, but he's been performing well of late and there's no reason to suggest he won't put in another decent performance.
13:50 - 4,10
14:20 - 1
14:55 - 3,10
15:25 - 1
16:00 - 3
16:30 - 3,5
= 8 Lines