LOLA SHOWGIRL (4.35) won with such authority at Chepstow last week that she is taken to shrug off her penalty in the finale at Ayr.
David Loughnane’s three-year-old came in for heavy market support at the Welsh track and Lola Showgirl has a perfect post in stall four under Hollie Doyle. Lola Showgirl won’t mind if the track is riding on the soft side as she split Newmarket raider King Fairy and Fishable in the Hamilton mud, with the third horse scoring by more than three lengths at Ripon last week.
Archie Watson’s sorties north have become a regular feature at Ayr and MEDAL WINNER (3.30) can go close in a cracking 1m 2f contest. The top weight caught the eye with his sixth to Scarlet Dragon and Deja in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes at Royal Ascot and backed that up with a fair fourth to Country at Newmarket. He is a dual winner over ten furlongs so this drop in trip looks ideal.
Hugo Palmer pulled Ironclad out of an intended engagement at HQ last Saturday and the gelding could well bounce back from his Epsom disappointment on Derby Day when sent off favourite in a hot event won by Sky Defender. Ironclad scored twice last season over today’s 1m 2f trip and should figure along with potentially well-treated Al Rasmah, course specialist Glasses Up and lightly-raced Master The Stars.
EASTERN SHERIFF (3.00) has to be forgiven a poor run at Newmarket 18 days ago but the ground was very testing that day. He is probably better judged on his Ripon romp when pulling clear to score by more than six lengths. Third horse Socially Shady has won twice since to boost the value of the form. Cheek-pieces are applied for this intriguing 1m 5f handicap.
A strong gallop looks assured with Sociologist likely to re-employ the trailblazing tactics which worked a treat at Hamilton. Stockbridge Tap has shown promise on both career starts and looks a live threat.
MISS NAY NEVER (12.55) ran with promise on debut at Thirsk (third) and wasn’t disgraced although ultimately well beaten by Sardinia Sunset at York. The winner is favourite to land the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood tomorrow.