NICHOLAS T (4.10) was squeezed out at a vital stage when a fast-finishing second to favourite Victory Command at Hamilton last week but quick compensation awaits at Ayr.
Jim Goldie’s hold-up gelding is a three-time course and distance winner and ideally wants a decent pace to attack on fast ground. Underfoot conditions are fine and, hopefully, this won’t develop into a sprint. Mark Johnston’s Smile A Mile is the most likely pacesetter and Calvados Spirit has made the running in the past.
DARK LOCHNAGAR (2.30), a class-dropper after his fifth to the William Haggas-trained Just Benjamin at Musselburgh, is a trading at attractive odds. Keith Dalgleish’s gelding had earlier run a solid fourth to Summer Moon at York and if he handles this quicker surface Dark Lochnagar is capable of causing an upset.
NEILETA (3.05) has been showing gradual improvement and can step up on his second to Restive at Hamilton. Myklachi won a modest event at Ripon but looks sure to be thereabouts.
NIBRAS AGAIN (3.35) beat 18 rivals at York and Paul Midgley’s sprinter can cope with a 5lb rise in this much smaller field.
GLOBAL SPIRIT (4.40) ran well enough when chasing home Mickey at Haydock three days ago to merit support in the 7f handicap. Roger Fell reaches for cheek-pieces.
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