Engrossing to fly at Ayr

  • By: Ashley Iveson
  • Last Updated: July 6 2014, 17:51 BST

Engrossing is Ashley Iveson's nap of the day for Sunday's racing action. He has a tip for every UK and Irish race.

Mark Johnston: Can score with Earl Of Menteith
Mark Johnston: Can score with Earl Of Menteith

AYR: 1.30 Earl Of Menteith, 2.00 ENGROSSING (NAP), 2.30 Eilean Mor, 3.00 Tectonic, 3.30 Balducci, 4.00 Jamesbo's Girl, 4.30 Thorntoun Lady, 5.00 A J Cook.

BELLEWSTOWN: 2.20 Effernock Lad, 2.50 Jarob, 3.20 Vasco Du Mee, 3.50 Ask Vic, 4.20 Knowhentofoldem, 4.50 Feel The Air, 5.20 Katys Girl, 5.50 Itchymei'Mscratch.

LIMERICK: 2.35 Desertmore View, 3.05 Here For The Craic, 3.35 Best Value, 4.05 Harpsy Cord, 4.35 Silver Chief, 5.05 Rohan's Pride, 5.35 Missed Cloud.

MARKET RASEN: 2.15 Hazzaat, 2.45 Wake Your Dreams, 3.15 Mister Wiseman, 3.45 Jimmy The Hat, 4.15 Local Hero, 4.45 Master Of The Hall, 5.15 Saint Brieuc.

DOUBLE: Engrossing and Earl Of Menteith.

Engrossing was arguably unlucky not to get off the mark for new connections at Haydock last month and should be backed to gain compensation in the FSB Health & Wellbeing Handicap at Ayr on Sunday.

The five-year-old was placed on multiple occasions for Richard Hannon in 2012 before ending his year on a high with a runaway victory at Kempton.

Engrossing then spent a year and a half in the wilderness and when he did eventually reappear at Redcar in April of this year, he was running for trainer Ruth Carr.

His comeback did not get off to the best of starts as he finished tailed off at the Tees Valley circuit and his second effort at Beverley a few weeks later was not a great improvement.

But Carr has a canny knack of reinvigorating horses who are seemingly on a downward spiral and the application of headgear for his return to Redcar next time had the desired effect, as he made late gains to finish third.

It proved to be no flash in the pan as stepped up to a mile and a quarter for the first time at Haydock, Engrossing travelled with real zest and after finding himself short of room at a crucial stage, he deserved plenty of credit for getting going again to go down by just a neck to an in-form filly in Martinas Delight.

The handicapper was impressed, bumping him up 3lb, but he is still a pound below his Kempton mark and looks primed to run a huge race.

Earl Of Menteith is likely to take some pegging back in the FSB Business Banking Maiden Stakes.

Mark Johnston has his huge string in great nick and this son of Shamardal is an interesting one switched to the care of the Middleham handler.

His one run as a juvenile was for Saeed bin Suroor and not without promise as he finished third in a six-furlong Salisbury maiden that went on to work out well, with winner Brown Sugar claiming a Group Three later in the year.

He is bred to improve for time and middle distances, as a brother to the high-class Venus De Milo, and now tries a mile and a quarter.

While he does not hold any fancy entries Earl Of Menteith could potentially develop into something pretty useful.

The feature race is the FSB Mobile Card Payment Terminals Handicap, which represents a good opportunity for Balducci to bring home a double.

David O'Meara's seven-year-old looked at the top of his form when victorious at Haydock on Thursday and is usually in his element on fast ground.

Best bet of the day at Market Rasen could be Wake Your Dreams, who runs in the Don Noble Bartley Green Beginners' Chase.

Jennie Candlish's inmate has made good progress since thoughts turned to fences, with his close third over course and distance a fortnight ago one of the most relevant pieces of form in the race.