IF Ayr passes a morning inspection conditions are sure to be testing. I’ll be keeping stakes to a sensible level with KING OF SCOTLAND (4.05) taken to make all in the 1m 5f handicap.
He is definitely one of Hughie Morrison’s lesser lights but with no other confirmed pacemaker in opposition King Of Scotland could enjoy a solo out in front.
My selection scored on soft ground at Leicester back in May and may just have needed the run when returning from a 90-day break to run fifth to Big Sigh at Haydock (heavy). King of Scotland drops into Class 6 company and I’ll be disappointed if he isn’t involved in the finish.
MIXBOY (4.40) made all at Ripon to master Luca Cumani’s three-year-old Stylish Dancer and this winning hurdler/chaser will be better equipped than most to handle deep ground. The grey has a potential rival for the lead in winning hurdler Golden Jeffrey, an easy winner of a modest contest at Perth (heavy), but may be the classier of the pair.
Gabrial’s Star continues to tumble down the ratings but hasn’t looked in the sort of form to take advantage of the handicapper’s leniency.
Bodacious Name’s hurdling debut at Perth was something of a disaster but John Quinn’s three-year-old could go well returned to the flat off a light weight.
SHE’S PUKKA (5.10) beat two rivals quite handsomely on her debut at Carlisle in mid-September and an initial handicap mark of 71 might underestimate her potential.
Mustaqbal and Cliff Bay go unpenalised for winning their respective divisions of the apprentices’ handicap at the last Ayr fixture. Both deserve consideration.