14:00 Ayr Sat 22 September 2018
Soft ground and a mile suit him well, as he showed when ploughing through the Haydock mud to score easily in April (Fire Brigade 3½l away in second, 10lb better off today). May have needed latest run after a break and could easily bounce back here.
Useful handicapper back in the day but nit seen much on a racecourse in recent times and comes here off the back of another long absence. Conditions fine but will surely need the run after a layoff.
Keeps threatening to win a big race again, fancied for the Lincoln but disappointed and since then, has yet to catch fire this year. Ground to make up with Gulf Of Poets on earlier form and although likely to be on the premises, others preferred.
Totally unexposed after just three starts, winning the middle one at Catterick and then putting in a solid second at Kempton last time. Big question mark is whether he can reproduce that on slower turf, but has to be considered all the same.
Has been pretty consistent over a mile (and slightly further) for much of the year but most of his better form has been on quicker ground, and with conditions being as testing as they are, it will ask a new question. Others make more appeal.
Bit hit-and-miss but very good on a going day and he bounced right back to his best form at Ascot last time. Trip fine and handles some cut, but yet to race on ground that's likely to be testing. Might be best watched today.
Won't have any problem with conditions at all, having ploughed through the Longchamp mud in April (for another yard) and back to form when successful at Ripon last time. 2lb rise more than fair and he looks a contender here.
No problem at all with soft ground and trip is fine, as she showed when winning at Musselburgh around this time last year but two efforts this summer have hardly set the world alight. Fair mark if he can bounce back, but risky.
Consistent this term and conditions probably fine, but needs a bit more off this mark after finishing behind Borderforce at Ripon last time. Others malke a bit more appeal.
Knows how to win when the opportunity arises and once again showed these conditions hold no terrors when bouncing back to form at Ripon last time out. 4lb higher here but may not have finished progressing yet, and dangerous to discount.
Has plenty of form to his name when ground conditions are softer underfoot, and his defeat of Ripp Orf at Yarmouth in May reads very well. Needs to put a couple of poor efforts behind him but this more suitable, and could go well.
Has progressed nicely this year and kept that good run going with a game win at Beverley last time out (10f). Goes up another 4lb and likely very soft ground asks a new question, but chances if he handles it.
Last Year's Winner
Fire Brigade (4/1), Dayking (5/1), Mikmak (6/1), Borderforce (13/2), Borodin (7/1), Porth Swtan (7/1), Dolphin Vista (8/1), Waarif (12/1), Chatez (12/1), Set In Stone (20/1), Salt Whistle Bay (20/1), Isomer (20/1), Gulf Of Poets (33/1)
- Salt Whistle Bay
- Dolphin Vista
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