LEGALIZED (1.35) was just held by Aurora Thunder at Ayr 19 days ago and looks the one to beat now moving back up to three miles.
Market leader O’hanrahan Bridge snapped a frustrating sequence of five straight second prizes when scoring at Carlisle (heavy) three weeks ago but this is a more difficult task. A lot depends on what horse best handles the gluepot conditions, a remark which applies equally in every contest.
CASTLE RUSHEN (12.30) landed the odds for Nicky Richards on his last visit to Ayr and should be suited by the step up to 2m 3f in the opening novices’ hurdle. Brian Hughes is in the saddle. Fearless was a bit disappointing when fading into fourth at Ascot but this is a tad easier.
Herefordshire trainer Tom Lacey is a fairly regular visitor to Ayr and HIGHSTAKESPLAYER (3.40) sets the bar high in the bumper. His third to the JP McManus/Nicky Henderson winner No Ordinary Joe at Sandown reads well, with a Paul Nicholls horse finishing runner-up. My selection had a previous winner behind in fourth and that appears superior form to market rival Fly By Milan's course second.
At Wolverhampton, ELEGANT LIGHT (6.20) is worth a punt in an interesting fillies' handicap. She had decent form in France and ran well enough for Ralph Beckett when running sixth to Indie Angel in a Listed contest at Lingfield to merit a wager. Likely favourite Moonlight In Paris ran well when fourth to Chamade at Doncaster but an 8lb rise seems harsh.