CALIVIGNY (1.05) handles the prevailing heavy ground and should give a good account of himself in the opening 2m 3f Handicap Hurdle at Ayr. Nick Alexander’s veteran scored on very deep ground over fences at Carlisle last winter and should be straighter for his comeback third over hurdles at Kelso 18 days ago, his first outing in 183 days.
LOSSIEMOUTH (1.40) will be very difficult to beat in the 2m 4f maiden hurdle. Tom Lacey has sent his dual bumper winner a long way north and his opening fifth to Imperial Alcazar over hurdles at Aintree last month was a most encouraging effort.
The Mares’ Handicap Hurdle is the most open betting heat on the card and RIVER ICON (2.15) has been in fine form on the level for Iain Jardine, posting an excellent third to Hugo Palmer’s improving Caravan Of Hope over 1m 6f at Doncaster (heavy). Off The Hook, fourth in a hot event at Newbury when last seen in March, must go well if tuned up, while Jessiemac won here over three miles last month, so stamina is not an issue. Aurora Thunder was a seven lengths winner for Lucinda Russell at Ayr last month but this looks a bit tougher.
Archie Watson isn’t readily associated with bumper horses but TIMETOROE (3.50) looked a mare to follow next time out after chasing home hot-pot Midnight Callisto at Fontwell last month.