AKAMANTO (5.10) can give supporters of local trainer R Mike Smith plenty to shout about in the 1m 5f apprentices’ handicap at Ayr.
The gelding chased home three-year-old Benadalid at Chester conceding 9lb and the winner landed a most competitive handicap at Ripon last Saturday. Andrew Breslin gets the leg up.
COVIGLIA (4.10) is developing into something of an Ayr specialist. The four-year-old hinted his turn was at hand when running a neck second to Pepys (winner last week) over course and distance in May. Coviglia duly posted subsequent back-to-back victories at Ayr and Wolverhampton before another very solid effort at Chester when beaten a neck by Gabrial’s Kaka.
JABBAROCKIE (2.30) managed to keep the very speedy Glamorous Rocket within striking distance before powering home at Haydock. A 6lb penalty may not prevent a follow-up.
A few showers are forecast and that would probably benefit UNIVERSAL GLEAM (4.40). Keith Dalgleish’s three-year-old had Glasses Up more than four lengths adrift when scoring here in June (made all) and can confirm places on 7lb worse terms. Glasses Up has since won at Ayr and holds Testa Rossa. It is a tight affair.
Lucy Normile has been in the winner’s circle this month with Granite City Doc and stablemate ROYAL DUCHESS (3.05) should go well if fully wound up following a break. The mare has a fine Ayr record and her second to Mischief Managed over course and distance in May was a solid effort.
A prominent showing would clearly boost confidence in MISCHIEF MANAGED (3.35). His third to Ladies First and Jacob Black sets the standard.