20:40 Ayr 31 May 2017
Western House Hotel Summer Wedding Package Handicap (Class 6) (4YO plus) 7F 50Y
Cutting straight to the chase, there are two horses of particular interest in this competitive looking race – CHARAVA and NIQNAAQPAADIWAAQ. The former has a sound record round here and is back to a former winning weight. He’s had a run back this season and this could be set up nicely for him from his treatment. However, the slightest of preferences is for the latter who appears to be more apt to handle any changes in the going from now until the off. Back down to his last (and only) winning weight the selection is sent out for Eric Alston and is his sole runner on the card today. Although the jockey trainer combination isn’t as strong as it could be, on balance it looks like there’ll be plenty of value available for a horse that has placed at track and trip twice from much higher up in the weights. His breeding would have this as the optimum trip and going – if there’s more rain, then he should be even better suited by conditions.
NIQNAAQPAADIWAAQ 0.5 pts e/w 10/1 Generally Available
15:30 Beverley 31 May 2017
British Racing School Charity Cycle Ride Handicap (Class 5) (4YO plus) 7F 96Y
TALENT SCOUT makes plenty of appeal in this one and if forgiven for his somewhat questionable ride LTO, there’s every chance he can be in the thick of it come the line in this one. Although now 11, he has a solid strike rate at both win and place round this course and that’s worth a lot, especially in this field size. From seven runs at this track and trip the worst he’s finished to date is 3rd. The Tutty duo have been knocking on the door of a good winner in the last few weeks and it wouldn’t be a surprise if this is the horse to give them that winner. With a couple of runs back he should be set up nicely for this one and back to a winning mark again he’s got the opportunity to do so. He just edges the selection ahead of ARCANE DANCER who should be the one to give him the most to think about. N.B. WINK OLIVER a nice winner today at 16/1 is likely to withdrawn from this one…
TALENT SCOUT 0.5 pts e/w 20/1 Generally Available