A busy day for our star columnist on day two of the Ayr Western Meeting. Check out his horse-by-horse guide to the full team.
He won well at Haydock on debut on slowish ground and is a horse we’ve always quite liked. The step up to seven furlongs won't be a problem here but he has his winners’ penalty which doesn’t make things easy. We’re happy with him going into it.
2.10 Dutch Decoy and Ellenor Grey
Dutch Decoy is a horse we’ve always thought an awful lot of. He got beat at a very short price favourite on debut at Newcastle and had been disappointing until last time at Hamilton when he came from the clouds to win. I’ve stuck the visor on him here hoping it will make him concentrate a little more through the early stages. If it works he’ll take a bit of beating as he’s a talented horse.
Ellenor Gray has struggled to win a race but she tries very hard. The step up to six furlongs might just suit and she gets in here off a nice low weight.
2.40 Dylan De Vega and Show Me Show Me
Show Show Me probably has the best form of my pair but to be at his very best would probably want slower ground. If it doesn’t get too quick and he doesn’t give them a head start from the stalls, then he definitely has a chance.
Dylan De Vega had cheekpieces on and probably overraced a bit in the nursery at York. He’s very honest and genuine and tries hard. The other colt has the stronger form at this stage but I wouldn’t want to split them if the ground is quick.
3.15 Fool For You
We’re pot-hunting and trying to pick up a bit of Black Type with her. She won a decent handicap in the Gosforth Park Cup at Newcastle but goes up into Listed company here. Strictly on ratings she can’t do it but you never know with fillies at this time of the year and she goes there in great form. If she was in the first four I’d be delighted.
3.45 Get The Rhythm, Paddy Power, Lucky Lucky Man and Wasntexpectingthat
Get The Rhythm won on his reappearance but you have to say has been disappointing since. This trip on the ground is absolutely perfect for him and we’re very happy with him at home but he does need to bounce back.
Paddy Power is a law unto himself and does his own thing. His very best form is on slower ground but is creeping down the handicap and on a go-day would have a small chance.
Lucky Lucky Man won this race last year but faces very different conditions this time around. He showed a return to form at Thirsk last time and I thought coming back here for another crack at the Bronze Cup would be a good fit but maybe the ground has gone against him.
Wasntexpectingthat had a little issue and we were pleased with him at York when he finished fourth in a competitive handicap, albeit well beaten. For him to be at his very best I think he’d also need slower ground but it was good solid run last time and he’s entitled to improve for it.
4.20 Claire Underwood
She’s won a couple of times this season and ran well when second at Thirsk last time. She’s gone up a pound for that but will hopefully run well in a competitive race.
She’s two pounds well in and ran a good solid race at Epsom the other day when just running into a better one on the day. The handicapper had his say and if she turns up in that sort of form then she has a good chance.