GLASSES UP (3.45) bounced back to winning form a fortnight ago and returns to Ayr with high hopes on Monday.
Local trainer Mike Smith has the gelding in great shape and Glasses Up is a proper course specialist, with all four career victories coming at the Craigie course. A 2lb rise for beating Club Wexford is fair and he has run well over this longer 1m 2f trip in the past, most notably when chasing home Addis Ababa here on deep ground last October.
Colony Queen is on a hat-trick for Steve Gollings and the filly ploughed through the mud to win at Newbury last autumn. Rab Havlin takes the mount. Secretarial showed little at Beverley but last summer’s defeat of Caravan Of Hope, the subsequent Northumberland Plate winner, gives her every chance.
MAC’S BLESSINGS (1.10) was pipped by Mr Shelby on heavy here last August and proved his well-being with a course and distance success from in-form Lincoln Red two weeks ago. Jesse Allan was a couple of lengths adrift in third and appears held. Dodgy Bob showed plenty of resolution when scoring at Hamilton 12 days ago and is clearly in good heart.
THREE COINS (2.45) may have needed the outing when fourth to easy winner Exceptional at Pontefract and can turn around form with runner-up Lion Tower back on this slower surface. Richard Fahey’s filly won a Thirsk Novice Stakes on soft last August and third home Poet’s Lady landed some tasty bets at Haydock last Saturday. Three Coins is a tasty each-way price.
Iain Jardine’s Alix James won on soft at Musselburgh last October and his comeback third at Newcastle was a solid effort. Productive’s fourth to Gert Lush at Newmarket puts him in the shake-up as well.
COMPTON’S FINALE (3.15) won over course and distance last July, beating Kaafy and Hard Solution. The gelding finished fourth when apprentice ridden at Redcar nine days ago and will appreciate stronger handling today.