FAVOURITES could mop up at Ayr and it is difficult to find a bit of value. One horse that does look over-priced is TEDDY TEE (2.25) who found only stout stayer Geronimo too strong in this 3m 3f handicap chase last January.
Nicky Richards sent Teddy Tee to his local Carlisle track in mid-December and his veteran pipped Shanroe Santos on heavy ground. Conditions will be very similar and at 9-2 he rates a bet.
ALOOMOMO (3.00) is another potential top-weight winner. Sandy Thomson inherited a well-handicapped horse from Warren Greatrex following a barren spell. The Borders trainer seems to have re-kindled that old fire as Aloomomo was always running all over his rivals at Kelso last Sunday. A 7lb rise shouldn’t prevent an action replay under Ryan Mania.
Another Borders trainer, Donald Whillans, has done well with DALI MALI (1.50). The seven-year-old ran third to subsequent Fighting Fifth Hurdle winner Cornerstone Lad at Wetherby in November before making a winning debut over fences at Newcastle. He is a dual winner on heavy ground and should confirm recent form with Glinger Flame.
Gordon Elliott can win a couple of the earlier races with odds-on shots and his Sporty Yankee will have his supporters in the three-mile handicap hurdle, even though he was well beaten by Epsom Des Mottes over a shorter trip here 13 days ago. The winner was thumped last week at Lingfield and preference is for ANIKNAM (4.00). Phil Kirby’s ten-year-old likes to bowl along in front and he rallied bravely when headed to pip Olly Murphy’s Oscar Maguire at Uttoxeter last month. A 3lb rise is fair and he could be hard to catch.
Last year’s winner Emma Beag was beaten in a thriller at Catterick on New Year’s Day and Julia Brooke’s mare should make a bold bid to win this again, despite racing off an 8lb higher perch.