Painted looks picture perfect
Anita Chambers provides a tip for every race on Thursday and makes Well Painted her nap at Ayr.
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AYR: 1.40 Bremner, 2.10 Ribbleton, 2.40 Salvatore Fury, 3.10 Orbit The Moon, 3.40 New Leyf, 4.10 Dream Walker, 4.40 WELL PAINTED (NAP), 5.10 Woodstock.
KEMPTON: 5.40 I'm Harry, 6.10 Tatting, 6.40 Zurbriggen, 7.10 Excellent Puck, 7.40 Chattanooga Line, 8.10 Amantius, 8.40 Autun, 9.10 Harrogate Fair.
LISTOWEL: 2.35 Late Rosebud, 3.05 Shipyard, 3.35 Mamma Rosa, 4.05 Victory Song, 4.35 Owega Star, 5.05 Maxim Gorky, 5.35 Victrix Gale, 6.05 Stolberg.
PONTEFRACT: 2.30 Omaha Gold, 3.00 Frozen Over, 3.30 Tapis Libre, 4.00 Jubilante, 4.30 Madam Lilibet, 5.00 Vermont, 5.30 Who's Shirl, 6.00 Whisky Bravo.
YARMOUTH: 2.20 Wednaan, 2.50 Mount Logan, 3.20 Les Troyens, 3.50 Boadicee, 4.20 Montefeltro, 4.50 I Say, 5.20 Rocksilla.
DOUBLE: Well Painted and Dream Walker.
Well Painted may not have struck gold for well over a year now, but he appeals as a well-handicapped contender as he makes the long journey north for the opening day of Ayr's three-day meeting.
William Haggas sends the four-year-old from Newmarket as he seeks to supplement his debut win in a Newbury maiden event last May.
Well Painted has not managed to get his head in front in seven subsequent starts, although he has been tried in some competitive company during that time.
Rated 94 at one stage last season, Well Painted has been on the slide since and now sits on a mark of 86 after being beaten into fourth on the Kempton all-weather on his most recent outing.
He was not totally disgraced on that occasion, being beaten just under three lengths after getting going far too late on his first try back at a mile since June 2012.
That was also his first outing in 99 days so Well Painted should strip fitter for the outing and might now be on a more suitable mark for the William Hill - Download The App Handicap.
Dream Walker should appreciate the softer ground in the Hillhouse Quarry Group Supporting Ayrshire Hospice Handicap after finding it a bit quick at Chester last time out.
Brian Ellison's charge made the most of give in the ground by winning at Carlisle, Ayr and Newcastle in late July and early August, but good ground on the Roodee saw his bid for a four-timer come unstuck.
He was hardly beaten far on that occasion but as all of his wins have come on at least good to soft ground, it is fair to assume he is a bit better with some give.
Ellison can also hit the target at Yarmouth as Montefeltro holds strong claims in the Stanley Threadwell Memorial Handicap.
Originally a Godolphin runner, the five-year-old won over hurdles for John Ferguson but was subsequently snapped up by the Ellison team after running unplaced at Stratford in June.
His connections soon got a return on their investment when he claimed victory at York earlier this month on what was just his second start for the Ellison team.
Turned out again just 11 days later, Montefeltro makes plenty of appeal as a relatively unexposed runner in this sphere.
Boadicee made a victorious start to her career at Leicester and can keep up the good work in the At The Races Nursery Handicap.
The Rae Guest-trained filly defied her evident inexperience to run out a two-length winner on soft ground in July and while the form is nothing special, she could do little more than win that day.
Boadicee should have learnt plenty from that outing and be a bit more streetwise for this first run in handicap class.
Zurbriggen was just edged out by a head at Newmarket last time but can open his account at the third attempt in the £25 Free Bet At BetVictor.com Maiden Stakes at Kempton.
Jubilante should make the most of a drop back to six furlongs in the Pontefract Park Fillies' Handicap at the Yorkshire venue.
She did not appear to see out seven when fifth at Newmarket last time but a drop back to sprinting can help her regain winning form.