IT’S always a treat watching Davy Russell at close quarters and he should be among the winners for Gordon Elliott on a midweek trip to Ayr.
Here are my Ayr tips and other tips are on the main racing thread.
GALVIN is unbeaten in four starts, the latest coming at Navan last month when he gave 7lb and a five lengths beating to Whoshotthesheriff, a winner at Ayr on his previous outing. Chief market rival Elvis Mail is one I like on the evidence of his easy Kelso success but Nick Alexander’s gelding may have bit off a bit more than he can chew in opposing Galvin.
PAT’S OSCAR could be another for the Elliott/Russell combo. The top weight found 3m 3f over-stretching her stamina at Sedgefield, although she travelled strongly into the straight before fading. She won under Russell at Fairyhouse last February and will handle testing conditions.
Peters Cousin is the likely market leader after beating subsequent winner Off The Hook at Kelso in early December, while Camile has her first start for Iain Jardine after a switch from Joseph O’Brien. The Irishman sent Camile over to Leicester to mop up a fairly weak event and is 14lb higher. Paper Roses is very consistent but lacks a change of gear.
GLITTERING LOVE scored from solid yardstick Present Flight over course and distance at the New Year fixture and should defy a 5lb rise at fairly short odds.
ZALZADOS has twice finished runner-up at Haydock over fences but Oliver Greenall has found him a good opening in this tricky four-runner contest. The six-year-old was a fairly smart hurdler, running seventh to Kalashnikov in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury 12 months ago, and may outpoint course winner Raise A Spark and Elliott’s exposed Veinard.