ALAN takes us through the card for Saturday's meeting at Ayr with a selection for all seven races.
2.10 – Ayr
WELSH RAREBIT has started at 100-1 and 20-1 on two recent visits to Ayr but has twice outrun those loud odds. Lucy Egerton’s gelding showed promise when third to hotpot Galvin in early February and did even better 19 days later when chasing home Western Honour over today’s trip.
2.45 – Ayr
EMMA BEAG won with plenty in hand over course and distance in January and Julia Brooke’s improving mare can defy a 9lb rise at Ayr. This isn’t a strong contest and Another Mattie will appreciate the drop in class after running fourth to Kalaharry at Newcastle.
3.20 – Ayr
TONTO’S SPIRIT missed his intended engagement at Kelso last week due to the bereavement of trainer Ken Slack and the seven-year-old would be a poignant winner of the 2m handicap chase. A repeat of his very good second to Dan Skelton’s Destrier puts him firmly in the mix.
3.55 – Ayr
DERRIANA SPIRIT is chasing a hat-trick for Nicky Richards and she will be hard to beat in the mares’ handicap hurdle if cherry-ripe following a 53-day break. Brian Hughes is a notable booking.
4.30 – Ayr
SILVA ECLIPSE has gone down narrowly on no fewer than three occasions at Haydock and the grey’s turn could be at hand in slightly easier company. Sue Smith’s gelding has run well on deep ground in the past.
5.05 – Ayr
GLITTERING LOVE has won five of his last six starts and should be another for the Richards/Hughes axis, especially with his liking for a soft surface. Top weight Strong Resemblance looks the one to beat.
5.35 – Ayr
EBONY JEWEL is a worthy favourite in the concluding bumper. He was trained in Ireland by Ron O’Leary but made his debut at Haydock in early December when giving Kim Bailey’s Mr Grey Sky a good fight. The winner has gone in again since and Ebony Jewel subsequently joined Nick Alexander for 70,000 guineas.
15:05 Worcester - Race: 1
15:10 Sandown - Race: 6
15:15 Cork - Race: 6