LAMBOURN trainer Archie Watson is clocking up the miles on his regular Ayr raids and ICE ICE LADY (12.45) and CAPTAIN MAGNUM (1.20) can help pay the fuel bills.
Ice Ice Lady hosed up at Yarmouth but favourite backers had their fingers burnt next time at Bath. This Class 6 sprint represents another golden opportunity and she is preferred to Mecca’s Hot Steps, also a beaten favourite last time when only third at Hamilton.
Captain Magnum lost out narrowly to Seven Brothers over course a distance a fortnight ago (pair clear) and that form may be good enough to secure the 6f Novice Stakes. Darvel, fourth on debut at Haydock, looks the biggest danger, with Toussarok carrying a penalty. Jim Goldie isn’t known for producing two-year-olds debut winners but Water Of Leith, a £62,000 purchase at the Goffs Breeze-Ups, is a son of Kodiac out of a winning Shamardal mare, so may bes one to watch down the line.
GLASSES UP (4.20) has the chance to avenge his recent defeat at the hands of Pour Me A Drink in the 1m 2f handicap.
Admittedly, Pour Me A Drink was very impressive, quickening from the front to score easily. On the debit side today, he must carry the welter burden of 10st 6lb on quicker ground and that may enable Glasses Up to turn the tables, especially if able to lay up a bit closer to the pace this time.
Mark Johnston saddles an interesting runner in Thai Terrier, not seen since scoring by more than six lengths at Chelmsford City 172 days ago. Returnofthemac should also go well for David O’Meara.
NATALEENA (4.50) has been a model of consistency and Ben Haslam’s filly can defy top weight in the concluding 2m handicap. A winner at Redcar last month, she emerged from the pack to chase home Sociologist and Multellie on deep ground at Hamilton. Nataleena has a bit to find with Nearly There on all-weather form at Newcastle in March but has improved in the interim. She seems solid each-way.
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