Cheverton gave us an 11/1 winner in the Ayr Bronze Cup from a high draw which may well be a pointer for the Gold and Silver versions tomorrow.
The Ayr Gold Cup 3.20 looks particularly tricky but I will run through a few of the horses that I fancy. Evens and Odds did us a favour in the Stewards Cup and although he has gone up 6 lbs for that win he has what could be a favourable high draw. Jonny Mudball was just pipped on the line at Goodwood in the Stewards and is handicapped to again finish close to Evens and Odds. He is another with a good draw in stall 25. Poet’s Place has a 5 lbs penalty for his impressive win in the Portland handicap. He is clearly on the upgrade and may well be ahead of the handicapper.
Victoire de Lyphar has the potential to be a group horse and could be the best of the Dandy Nicholls runners. He is drawn 24. Hawkeyethenoo has already won 3 times this season and could still be improving. If the draw bias turns out to favour those drawn low then Johannes could be worth considering. He is not on a bad mark if he can recapture his early season form.
If pushed to narrow it down I would choose Victoire de Lyphar and Hawkeyethenoo.
In the Silver Cup at 2.15 Hogmaneigh would be my pick of those drawn low. Definightly and Something are worth considering from the middle draws and of those drawn high Tiddlywinks would be my main fancy.
My two against the field in the 5.00 are Tamaathul and Our Joe Mac. Other selections at Ayr are Sweetie Time (2.45) and Cosmic Sun (5.35).
At Newbury I would keep an eye on Red Lover who has been the subject of some favourable reports. His trainer does not have many first time out winners so we might need to be patient with this one but he is one for the notebook.
In the 2.30 Temple Meads would have a good chance if he gets the trip and looks the value bet.
The progressive Forte Dei Marmi has already landed a couple of big handicaps and should go close in the 3.05 for Kieren Fallon.
The Group 3 sprint at 3.40 looks tricky. Triple Aspect should run well for his in form trainer despite having to carry a 3 lbs penalty while Total Gallery would be a player on his best form.
In the 4.15 Tazeez is the likely winner but his price is very short and it may be that Fair Trade could represent a bit of value should the favourite fail.
Fury comes from a winning family and represents William Haggas in the 4.50. The trainer has his share of debut winners and this one could well oblige.
The 5.25 is ultra competitive but sprint king Dandy Nicholls may have the answer with Xilerator a winner last time out who is less exposed than some of his rivals.
Rigidity looked good when winning at Chester last week and is preferred to Sour Mash and Spoken in the 4.40 at Newmarket. Others to look out for at Newmarket are the Andrew Balding pair of Simenon (3.30) and Cool Strike (4.05).
Today’s picture is courtesy of the artist Jo Stockdale.