AYR POET (2.30) landed some big bets at Hamilton last week and Jim Goldie is striking while the iron is hot.
The five-year-old also scored here at the beginning of the month and should get the strong end-to-end gallop he needs to show his best with the likes of dual course winner Smeaton in the line-up. Danny Tudhope takes the mount, which is always a positive booking by Goldie.
Smeaton bounced back to form in higher grade at Pontefract 11 days ago when third to Garden Oasis and rates a potent threat. Star Of Valour runs the track well but may be in the assessor’s grip.
ECONOMIC CRISIS (1.30) is in the form of her life and a quick hat-trick is on the cards in the 5f handicap.
The evergreen 11-year-old has been a stalwart of Alan Berry’s small string for several years, plying her trade successfully at Hamilton and Musselburgh. Economic Crisis recovered from a tardy start to draw more than two lengths clear of Ventura Flame here last Sunday and can confirm places under her 4lb penalty.
Quanah beat useful Abate over course and distance in June and has been holding his form well, while Montalvan streaked up the favoured stands’ rail at Redcar five days ago and will go close under a 5lb penalty. Shesadabber has won all three starts at Hamilton but this is tougher.
ARCHAEOLOGY (2.00) goes digging for victory in the Class 3 handicap over nine furlongs and he seemed a winner-in-waiting when splitting Scottish Summit and King Ragnar at Redcar at the end of August. Punters latched on to him next time at Thirsk but Archaeology didn’t enjoy the clearest of passages before staying-on into sixth behind well-treated Shelir.
Le Chiffre may have found the ground too lively when folding tamely at Beverley and better can be expected on this yielding surface. Granite City Doc, a dual course winner earlier in the season, has also posted two placed efforts, and will be involve yet again.
DONNACHIES GIRL (3.00) keeps performing with credit without winning, but this may be the day she turns up trumps. Her course and distance third to Daawy last Monday was another decent effort.
Gift Of Kings flopped behind Highwaygrey at Pontefract but may be better judged on his earlier Newcastle victory. Little separates Card High and Hugoigo on their running behind Tattenhams over course and distance eight days ago, while Golden Sandbanks eases slightly in grade after fading into third at Catterick.
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