SHOOT FOR GOLD (4.00) is a very interesting Godolphin runner at Ayr as he returns from a 322-day absence.
Saeed Bin Suroor has been waiting for some rain for his son of Sea The Stars, last spotted running sixth in a Group 1 contest at Saint-Cloud. Two places in front that day was Aidan O’Brien’s classy Norway, so the fact that Shoot For Gold races off a handicap rating of 94 makes him potentially chucked in. Before his trip to France, Shoot For Gold had romped home by seven lengths in a Novice Stakes at Windsor (soft) and the colt remains unexposed.
He takes on some seasoned handicappers at the top of their game. Borodin won well at Ripon for Richard Fahey and enjoys an easy surface, while Nicholas T is penalised 4lb for last Monday’s course success. Ayutthaya split Great Example and Sod’s Law at Nottingham and is another capable of winning if Shoot For Gold underperforms.
FOREWARNING (3.00) is a dour stayer and looks tailor-made for the 2m 1f handicap. Julia Brooke and Graham Lee teamed up to land a gamble with True Romance at Musselburgh last week and Forewarning shaped with considerable promise on his first start for Brooke at Pontefract when failing by a neck to catch Becky The Thatcher over 2m 2f on that stiff circuit. Consistent Champarisi was well held in third and is a useful yardstick in these staying events.
Sir Mark Prescott’s progressive three-year-olds are always to be feared and Land Of Oz is up 6lb for his Yarmouth victory 19 days ago. Again, the ground was quick that day and the horse he beat, Australis, was a well beaten fourth at Salisbury on Saturday evening. Nevertheless, Land Of Oz has to be feared at the bottom of the weights.
Lord Lamington, a dual winner on the all-weather, also scored at Sandown when the track was riding slick. Softer ground might be his undoing but there is plenty of form in the book to give him a big chance.
BOSTON GEORGE (3.30) is given the opportunity to redeem himself after flopping here a fortnight ago. He looked ill at ease throughout on the firm ground and it was good to soft when he posted a fine second to the William Haggas-trained Destination at Wetherby earlier in the year.
Roger Fell’s Presidential rates a big danger. He ruined his chance at the start when well-touted at Doncaster nine days ago, eventually running on into fifth behind Kaeso. That form is working out very well. He also saddles Zylan but Mick Easterby’s Thirsk winner Luzum is of more interest after a fine fourth to Penwortham at Chester last time.
HOUSE DEPOSIT (2.30) makes some appeal in the Class 6 handicap over six furlongs. He won at Redcar on soft last October when trained by Declan Carroll and shaped with promise on his first start for Roger Fell when fourth in a Class 4 contest at Doncaster. The ground was on the fast side, so this slower surface will suit.
Forever A Lady drops to six furlongs for the first time in almost two years and has been running well in defeat for Keith Dalgleish. She should be involved once again.