HOW BIZARRE (4.10) has a string of solid efforts against his name this summer and won’t mind the rain which has fallen at Ayr.
Liam Bailey and Danny Tudhope have struck up a fine partnership and free-going How Bizarre could enjoy an easy lead from a good stall position near the rail. A repeat of his recent fourth to handicap snip Prompting at York would make How Bizarre hard to catch.
The nine-race card is all about quantity over quality but there are several worthy each-way bets to be plundered. JOHN KIRKUP (2.40) ran well over course and distance (soft) 30 days ago, finding only Big Less too good, and if the stalls are placed on the stands’ side he has a good draw in stall 11.
Tommy G is worth a second glance back on home soil after disappointing when well-backed at Goodwood last Saturday. He didn’t look happy on very fast ground on the Sussex Downs and had earlier chased home Prompting here. He won’t mind the drop to 6f if none the worse for his exertions but stall one would be a concern.
CAPTAIN CORCORAN (4.40) had winning form on soft ground in Ireland for Johnny Murtagh and his recent Ripon fourth will have encouraged Eric Alston to believe his gelding is ready to repeat that success. Grandma, second over course and distance, can go well for Brian Ellison.
Soft ground will boost the chances of Iain Jardine’s SMART LASS (5.40) in the 1m 7f handicap. She is 12lb above her last winning mark but will revel in these underfoot conditions. Robeam ran well enough at Thirsk to suggest he won’t be far away. William Hill are going five places ew, which is a standout bet.
In the finale, Dreamseller shoulders a 5lb penalty for his Redcar triumph nine days ago and isn’t certain to confirm places with runner-up Absolute Dream. They may both struggle to contain ROYAL COUNTESS (6.10), trained locally by Mike Smith.
The filly scored here over 1m 2f on soft last month and backed that up with a solid second 23 days ago over today’s one-mile trip. Her proven stamina will be a useful asset in the mud. Remmy D lost out on the nod to Granite City Doc at Hamilton on Saturday evening and softer the better for this blinkered gelding. His best form has come at Hamilton, however, and Remmy D may not be so effective here.