AYR kick-off their traditional three-day Western Meeting on fairly testing ground but that won’t inconvenience CORMIER (5.35)
The four-year-old demolished his rivals in the Catterick mud nine days ago and can make light of a 5lb penalty. Brian Ellison’s gelding is fancied to handle Tuesday’s Redcar winner Ben Lilly and possibly of more interest is Dreams And Visions.
Mick Easterby has kept him under wraps since landing this 1m 5f handicap 12 months ago and the gelding is well treated off a 3lb higher mark, with Ray Dawson taking off 5lb. It will be intriguing to see how Dreams And Visions fares in the betting. Lady Scatterley rallied to score over an inadequate 1m 3f at Haydock and she likes to get on with things up front. Firlinfeu hosed up here over ten furlongs before flopping at York.
Mick Easterby has sound prospects of getting on the score-sheet earlier on the card with GEORGE RISDALE (2.30). The gelding was heavily-supported at Newcastle nine days ago, despite being off the track for 269 days, and duly bolted in by six lengths. Ayr Poet is on a hat-trick and goes on soft.
The one-mile Class 2 handicap is a decent contest and Godolphin’s DUBAI ICON (3.00) scored twice on a soft track last season, at Nottingham and York, before boarding a plane for the Gulf. He must go close if ready to rock after a long absence.
First Impression can go well at decent odds. The three-year-old mopped up a course and distance maiden on soft last October and his recent second at Ripon also came on a yielding surface. Richard Fahey is another Yorkshire trainer who does very well at this fixture and his Ripon scorer Spirit Dancer may be another improving three-year-old, remaining a bit ahead of the handicapper.