Ayr Placepot: Wednesday May 30

Ayr Racecourse

Timeform's Adam Brookes has opted for a low risk-high reward strategy in playing today's placepot at Ayr...

Timeform ratings suggest that all Kathaltino has to do is turn up in similar form to when winning a maiden at Redcar just over a week ago...

14:10 - While acknowledging Party Royal's Chester debut effort hardly set the world alight in form terms, Mark Johnston's Royal Applause colt did do well to run on late for fourth having been awkward leaving the stalls and outpaced at halfway. Mirco Demuro's mount is bound to improve for the step up to six furlongs and two that finished behind him that day have since come out and won.

14:40 - With nothing standing out in what is a dire three-year-old sprint handicap it could be worth chancing Ambitious Icarus (also engaged at the track tomorrow) from the red-hot yard of Richard Guest. Ambitious Icarus showed a modest level of ability when placed in all-weather maidens as a juvenile, both times running as if a step up to today's six-furlong trip would help, and while his efforts this year haven't been too encouraging, he finished with running left in a better race than today's at Pontefract (heavy) last time and may prove more effective on the better ground.

15:10 - The feature race of the day, a class 3 five-furlong handicap, looks pretty competitive but we can afford to take a couple. It would not at all surprise to see Quality Art go close on his first start for Richard Guest with the same connections having won the race last year but without knowing whether he'll be strong in the market or not it's safer to stick with the consistent Bosun Breese, who has plenty of form on good-to-firm despite winning a similar soft-ground contest last time, and Diman Waters, who seems to be finding form again having slid down the handicap and who should get a good tow off the aforementioned Quality Art.

15:40 - The way the race is likely to be run should play into the hands of the well-treated Silver Rime but he's not solid placepot material, in which case we'll take admirable veteran Beckermet, who has been placed off today's BHA rating on each of his last three outings with the Ruth Carr stable continuing in good form, and Celtic Sultan, who should appreciate the return to better ground and who actually won over course and distance off the same official mark a couple of years ago.

16:10 - The fact that the mile handicap is now down to six runners from eight is a bit frustrating but Timeform ratings suggest that all Kathaltino has to do is turn up in similar form to when winning a maiden at Redcar just over a week ago and she'll comfortably make the first two. Ground and trip suit Micky Hammond's mare well and clearly Kelly Harrison gets a tune out of her.

16:40 - The closing staying handicap could almost be called a veterans' race, with Nay Secret being the youngest by two years at four, and it is with his 10-year-old stablemate Toshi that our fortunes will rest after a creditable effort in a better race at Musselburgh (soft) on his return last month. Granted Toshi's profile suggests he's fragile and that the handicapper has his measure, but he acts on today's ground and should make the first three if matching that encouraging reappearance today.


14:10 - 8
14:40 - 2
15:10 - 11, 12
15:40 - 2, 3
16:10 - 8
16:40 - 4
= 4 lines

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