Ayr strikes the right balance on field sizes and competitiveness for a Placepot bid on Wednesday.
"We respect San Cassiano in leg four, though Hydrant comes in with a longer run of good form behind him, which gives us more confidence."
14:20 - As the only one with experience, and the pedigree to stay six furlongs-plus thrown in, Ferryover is the only logical option in leg one. One of the four debutants against him might overcome him, but we'd be surprised if two did.
14:50 - Leg two is nowhere near as competitive as the field size would imply. Fathom Five's return to form last time had been coming for a few runs, so we're hopeful he'll hold onto it here. Goninodaethat is one of the better options besides, well treated now and shaping on his reappearance as though in better form than he finished 2014.
15:20 - This is at the other end of the scale, with four having good cases to be made for them. In practice, Regal Dan stands out as a Placepot prospect among them, a couple of narrow seconds this year (for which he's gone up only 3 lb in total) adding to his solid overall profile.
15:50 - We respect San Cassiano in leg four, though Hydrant comes in with a longer run of good form behind him, which gives us more confidence. He's also likely to get a lead from his main market rival.
16:20 - Another example of a weakly contested low-grade race. The difference between this and leg two is that here we have one we can bank on with a fair degree of confidence. Politbureau has started the season strongly and has proved his stamina for this sort of trip beyond doubt in the process.
16:50 - We'll take a risk in leg six. Master Bond is the right sort for a Placepot, but too short. Instead we'll take Long Awaited, who is no battler but has a good record of getting himself into one, which is positive for us. He's fully into the groove for the season and will be among them if putting up another good effort.
14:20 - 3
14:50 - 1, 8
15:20 - 3
15:50 - 5
16:20 - 4
16:50 - 1
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