LEGALIZED (1.45) is interesting in the 2m 4f mares’ handicap hurdle at Ayr.
She stayed on into fourth behind Dell’ Arca at Aintree last month, beaten ten lengths, and the winner has since won again. The handicapper has dropped Legalized 2lb and Brian Hughes takes the ride.
ELVIS MAIL (2.20), one of the best young hurdlers in the north, can make a winning start over fences. The track will be riding very deep but that won’t inconvenience Elvis Mail on his return to action following a 304-day absence. Nick and Lucy Alexander have an exciting chasing prospect on their hands and Elvis Mail was quick enough to bag the Scottish Champion Hurdle Trial.
Marown represents Nicky Richards with solid prospects. The six-year-old is unbeaten in three starts, two coming at Ayr, and is another potential star over the bigger obstacles. Tom Lacey’s Glory And Fortune was smart over hurdles but disappointed when sent off favourite on chasing debut at Carlisle last month. Something may have been amiss as he is better than that performance.
VELASCO (1.10) was no match for red-hot favourite Across The Line at Hereford but there was a 23 lengths gap back to the third. He jumped much better than on debut and a wind operation may have helped. Fergal O’Brien’s Alaphilippe makes his hurdling bow on the back of a Ffos Las bumper success but runner-up Pats Fancy didn’t pull up any trees next time at Hereford.