15:00 Ayr Sun 19 January 2020
Successful on his first start over fences since March 2018 when emphatically putting eight rivals to the sword at Kelso (2m5½f, heavy) last weekend; is very well handicapped on historic form for Warren Greatrex; formidable under a 7lb penalty.
Didn't find a great deal for pressure (after travelling smoothly) when the winning run came to an abrupt end at Kelso (3m2f, soft) three weeks ago; is likely to appreciate dropping back in trip (often competitive from a mark of 114 in 2017).
Irish raider; has toiled over hurdles lately and wasn't given much of a chance by the assessor here (3m+) early in the New Year; a switch to chasing may rekindle some form of enthusiasm; that said, he simply couldn't be the advice.
Both wins (hurdles & fences) have come at this track; despite finding others stronger, he has proved ultra-consistent throughout the duration of 2019; sticking on fourth to Ravenhill Road at Haydock (2m5½f, soft) latest; stablemate of Calivigny.
Recorded back-to-back wins over 3m (Market Rasen and Hexham) during August/September (on good ground); modest since, swiftly capitulating once headed; it's very difficult to suggest that he'll enjoy such testing conditions.
With Henry Oliver when producing an authoritative display at Newcastle (2m4f, heavy) in March 2019; sits near enough that winning mark, and finished runner-up over an inadequate 2m here (soft) 17 days ago; his Ayr form figures read 122122.
Eased noticeably in the weights since his last competitive start at Perth (3m, good) in September; made all when winning from today's mark at Carlisle (3m½f, good to soft) in March 2018; watching brief for the future (when the ground dries out).
Out the back over hurdles here recently (2m5½f, soft) on his first appearance since late 2018; 1-16 at Ayr (a maiden hurdle winner in January 2017); holds nothing more than minor place possibilities; stablemate of Imperial Prince.
Remains a maiden over fences (0-17), pulling-up on each of his last two starts, including in a 3m Class 5 handicap here on January 2nd; doesn't tend to fence fluently so can be readily opposed; stablemate of Strong Economy.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Julia BrookeJ: Henry Brooke|
Aloomomo (1/1), Calivigny (9/2), Talkofgold (11/2), Strong Economy (7/1), Craiganboy (8/1), Casual Cavalier (17/2), Imperial Prince (16/1), Shanroe Street (28/1), King Golan (33/1), The Trigger (50/1)
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