ANNEXATION (3.05) could be a blot on the handicap at Ayr. Ed Dunlop has booked Tom Queally for the mount on his colt, a never-nearer fourth to unbeaten Drummond Warrior at Windsor. That third run qualified Annexation for handicaps and a mark of 64 looks potentially lenient. The son of Wootton Bassett should appreciate today’s extra furlong.
With no less than five Class 6 handicaps on the holiday card it is question of quantity over quality but NICHOLAS T (4.45) is well up to his Class 4 listing in the feature event. Jim Goldie has had the gelding in super form this summer and a repeat of his second to Club Wexford here last Monday will suffice.
He has an extra couple of furlongs to travel but has twice acquitted himself very well over 1m 2f in the Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar. A strong gallop helps Nicholas T produce his hallmark strong finish and Royal Regent should put some pace to the race. Glasses Up won this event last year and is back again off a 2lb higher mark and is closely matched with Asian Angel.
Young Cieren Fallon is an eye-catching booking by Irish trainer Adrian Keatley for DUHALLOW NOELIE (3.35). A winner over eight furlongs at Dundalk in April, the three-year-old didn’t enjoy the best of passages when eighth of 16 at Naas just over a fortnight ago. He may well progress past Linda Perratt’s pair Forever A Lady and Hamilton scorer Retirement Beckons. Macs Blessing won nicely at Catterick and trainer Stef Keniry is enjoying a productive winning spree.
Brian Ellison is emerging from a quiet spell and BURN SOME DUST (5.15) can continue his purple patch in the 2m 1f handicap. The top weight scored over 1m 6f at Nottingham last August and looked to be coming to hand when third to Auxiliary at York returning from a long break. Tawseef was let loose up front at Nottingham last time and never looked likely to be caught. Ella McCain will doubtless adopt similar aggressive tactics.
HARD SOLUTION (2.30) has continued in excellent form since beating Ninjago (winner since) at Hamilton in June and seems sure to give another good account in the 5f sprint.
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