ARMS OF THE ANGEL (5.10) can send favourite backers home happy on an interesting Glasgow Fair Monday holiday card at Ayr.
Mark Johnston’s filly has been showing gradual improvement on the quick ground favoured by her sire Jukebox Jury and this 1m 5f trip seems perfect. Rookie rider Aidan Redpath was on board when Arms Of The Angel stayed on into third place behind Agravain and the filly chased home Sir Mark Prescott’s Blame It On Sally in an ordinary Epsom handicap last week.
Four Kingdoms, a course and distance winner last July, will appreciate the return to this longer trip and rates a danger.
Feature event is the Class 2 handicap and although only six go to post it is a tricky affair. CLUB WEXFORD (4.10) hammered his rivals with a strong front-running performance over course and distance last month, with Nicholas T well held, and could well dominate this small field after finding the competition up front too hot in the Carlisle Bell.
Nicholas T has since run into top form, scoring here last week on the back of an unlucky second at Hamilton. He likes to pounce off a strong gallop.
There is sure to be plenty of support for Keith Dalgleish’s lightly-race colt Boston George, the only three-year-old in the line-up. He chased home a fairly useful sort in the William Haggas-trained Destination at Wetherby in early May. There was ease in the ground that day and underfoot conditions will be much slicker here, but Boston George could be smart.
Ventura Knight doesn’t get much slack from the handicapper as he always seems to run well in defeat. He was an excellent third to John Gosden’s Military Law at Newcastle in June and his last run on turf produced a close second to in-form Caradoc at Newmarket. Fourth horse Infrastructure scored at Chester two days ago, so that is solid form. Ventura Knight defeated Nicholas T here last July but is now 9lb worse off with Jim Goldie’s horse.
INTERNATIONAL MAN (4.40) has been slipping down the ratings and should go close for Richard Fahey in the Class 5 mile handicap. He ran a cracker at York last time over nine furlongs, leading two and only fading into fifth close home in quite a hot event won by Irv.
International Man should get a nice tow into the race from last week’s clear-cut Ayr winner Pudding Chare, unpenalised for taking that apprentices’ contest. Pudding Chare hasn’t much in hand of Chinese Spirit on their run here at the end of May.
INNER CIRCLE (3.40) was given a fine hold-up ride before arriving late to win going away at Thirsk and a similar scenario may unfold in the 7f handicap, with Astrologer sure to set off at a fair lick. A rise of 5lb is offset by Ben Sanderson’s claim.
Esprit De Corp’s course and distance second to Global Spirit last week puts him in the mix, with last year’s winner Tommy Go another worth considering as he likes to sit off a strong gallop. Glengarry could improve with blinkers applied and stablemate Howzer Black cannot be discounted in another very open affair.
TOMILY (2.05) is interesting on his first start for David O’Meara after his wide-margin success in a Windsor seller for Richard Hannon. Some of his back-form would make him very hard to beat.
Act of Unity is penalised 5lb after scraping home at Hamilton two days ago and the form of Scuzeme’s fourth to Magical effect at Pontefract looks stronger. Burmese Blazer would be a player if able to back up his close third to Nigg Bay and subsequent winner Warning Fire.
Dalgleish sends the progressive ALRIGHT SUNSHINE (4.20) on a return trip to Ripon following his close third to Future Investment and Dubai Tradition at the north Yorkshire track in early June. Dubai Tradition beat a useful sort in Apparate at Newmarket last Saturday to boost the form. Furthermore, Alright Sunshine failed narrowly to concede 5lb to Simon Crisford's Match Maker at Ayr and the winner came out to win at Newbury last week. The main danger is three-year-old Conundrum, second to Sir Michael Stoute's Mokammal at Chester.