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13:00 Ayr

Some expensive youngsters take to track today at Ayr for maiden over 5 ½F and most have experience. The only debutant in the field is Capital Offence for Ed Bethell, Clipper Logistics and retained ridder Danny Tudhope. This Acclamation colt certainly looks the part on paper, but I feel he may just need the run. The best form in the field comes from Tatterstall who was outpaced before keeping on to finish second at Beverley, this colt will not be far away come the finish.

Miss New York will certainly find things easier today than she did at Newmarket on debut, although only beating one rival home she was hardly disgraced having been prominent throughout. She will also benefit I feel from the ½ a furlong drop in trip today, as she just faded late on the debut. This easier race, drop in trip and having had a run, these factors should she her go very close.


14:25 Ayr

A competitive 0-80 handicap for a Monday, Starshiba comes here in good form with two seconds on his last two starts, including over C&D. But he has been raised 2lb and will need to show more to take this and a record now of 1-19 is hardly inspiring.

I will side with Grant Tuer’s representative here in Vince Lombardi especially if the forecast rain comes in favour of this soft ground winner. That soft ground victory came for Sophie Leech, this is now his third start for the Tuer yard and has been prominent in the betting on both yard starts. The gelding gets the 3yo allowance here and he wasn’t beaten far last time out at Haydock even though the race was not run to suit, stronger pace today could set it up perfectly for him.

VINCE LOMBARDI (WIN) written by Michael Taylor

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