HOME BEFORE DUSK (8.50) would be an appropriate winner of the last race on Ayr’s evening card and he has every chance of extending Keith Dalgleish’s hot streak.
The Carluke trainer has enjoyed a very fruitful May and frustrating Home Before Dusk has been found a good opening. The four-year-old twice chased home Glasses Up over course and distance last summer and his more recent fourth to Sioux Frontier at Hamilton was a solid effort. Makawee finished second that day and fairly bolted up at York last weekend.
JACKHAMMER (6.50) won with such authority at the previous Ayr meeting that he must be followed. Dianne Sayer’s gelding ran out an easy three lengths victor under Ella McCain and goes unpenalised as it was an apprentices’ race.
LAST EMPIRE (6.20) is bred to go a bit and Kevin Ryan will be disappointed if his filly cannot build on her sole outing last year when third at Haydock in October. That run came on heavy ground and she should be better suited by this sounder surface.
DONNACHIES GIRL (5.50) has the services of talented Becky Smith in the opening lady amateur riders’ handicap and Alistair Whillans’ mare need only replicate her fifth to Sioux Frontier at Hamilton to take a hand in the finish.
RUBBEN RAINBOW (7.20) dead-heated with the Dalgleish-trained Mi Capricho at Musselburgh 15 days ago and Paul Hanagan is an eye-catching booking. Rubben Rainbow finished fourth to Colour Contrast on an earlier visit to Musselburgh but was never put into the race. He is much better off at the weights with Iain Jardine’s runner this evening and rates a tempting each-way bet at double-digit odds.
BERTOG (7.50) became expensive to follow last season but ran some sound races in defeat. John Mackie has given the gelding a wind operation and that may do the trick.
Not a lot separates MULLIGATAWNY (8.20) and favourite Addis Ababa in the 1m 2f handicap but the former is trading at reasonable odds on the back of his recent fourth to Mr Top Hat at Chester.
10:45 Stratford - Race: 1
11:00 Wincanton - Race: 1
11:15 Stratford - Race: 2