VENTURA KNIGHT (4.05) scored with plenty of authority at Hamilton five days ago and is fancied to make light of his 6lb penalty on Ayr’s Sunday card.
After beating useful Maverick Officer at Doncaster, Ventura Knight made an abortive trip to Royal Ascot for the Hunt Cup before being routed to Hamilton. The colt is thriving on hard work and Mark Johnston’s three-year-old probably has Nicholas T to fear. For some reason Jim Goldie’s gelding ran a shocker here last time, beating only one home, but his previous second to Big Country at Redcar is very solid form.
Keith Dalgleish mounts a strong raid and ALABANZA (3.05) showed enough at Hamilton when hunting up odds-on Where’s Jeff to think he can lift this 1m 2f handicap at the main expense of Ravenhoe.
NATAJACK (2.30) is another Hamilton winner reappearing quickly and his course and distance third to John Honeyman in May was another good piece of form. I suspect Rebecca Bastiman’s four-year-old has improved since then.
Local trainer R Mike Smith saddles previous course winner GLASSES UP (2.00) and his gelding can confirm that narrow advantage over runner-up Home Before Dusk.
- Ayr 4.05 – Ventura Knight (13-8, Unibet)
- Ayr 2.00 – Glasses Up (9-2, Paddy Power)
- Ayr 2.30 – Natajack (15-8, William Hill)
- Ayr 3.05 – Alabanza (5-2, bet365)
Johnb's Sunday Tips
- Deauville 3.30 – Wusool (11-2, L NB
- Ayr 5.10 – Lexington Place (7-2, Sky Bet) NAP