Racing tip of the day
Ben Linfoot heads up to Ayr for his tip of the day and he's backing one in the three mile handicap hurdle at 2.50.
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2.50 Ayr - Little Boy Boru
Just the two meetings this afternoon following the abandonment of Plumpton with Ayr Racecourse flying the National Hunt flag up in Scotland.
An inspection was planned at Ayr, but after just 1mm of overnight rain the clerk of the course quickly declared the track fit to race and the ground is obviously heavy.
It's going to take plenty of stamina get home in every race today, never mind the longest contest on the card; the Download The BetVictor App Now Handicap Hurdle over three miles and half a furlong at 2.50.
Yet if you're expecting a dawdle in the conditions, that might not be the case. Hellorboston, Amore Mio and Grey Area all like to lead and, rightly or wrongly, it puts me off their chances.
There's nothing to say that the jockeys will be sensible and discover a natural pecking order early on, but there has to be a chance they will fight for the lead and with that scenario in mind it may pay to side with a hold-up horse.
Which is good, as I Iike the chances of Little Boy Boru in any case.
An initial handicap mark of 106 looks fair on a line through McLovin (who runs earlier on the card, second at Navan since), who he beat here when third at Ayr last time in a maiden hurdle.
That race was over two and a half miles and it was his first go at the trip. Over a further half mile this afternoon, on handicap debut, it's reasonable to expect another step up again.
A first-time hood is employed too, which might be an attempt to help him settle over this longer trip - not that he showed signs of being too keen last time.
You can watch his last run here when running on in the heavy ground here at Ayr, and judge for yourself whether you think he's worth a bet today. I think he is.
Markem is a danger if he's turned out again after winning under a penalty at Sedgefield yesterday, but it would be some feat to back up that win with another in consecutive days in such testing ground.
Chavoy is another to consider, as he will love the ground judging by his French form and is another hold-up horse who could benefit from a strong pace.
However, he just didn't show enough on his seasonal reappearance at Wetherby last time, unlike Little Boy Boru at Ayr, who shaped as though his maiden win is around the corner.