12.30 Perfect Christmas Gifts At Ayr Racecourse Handicap Chase
Recent Musselburgh scorer BLUE KASCADE could get loose on the front end again and he gets the vote to defy a 7lb penalty. Buffalo Ballet made a promising reappearance (finishing second) over the extended 2m4f here last month and could appreciate stepping back up in distance. He warrants plenty of respect despite being 3lb higher, while Presented, Nakadam, Acdc and Thedrinkymeister add further spice to the opening contest.
Prediction: 1st Blue Kascade, 2nd Buffalo Ballet, 3rd Presented
13.00 Book Now For The Coral Scottish Grand National Maiden Hurdle
UNCLE ALASTAIR was unbeaten in two bumper starts, the second of which came at this venue, last season and his pedigree suggests that he may improve for the switch to this kind of test. Dunly was only a neck behind the selection in a bumper and he has an obvious chance. Others to consider in a competitive event are Arctic Vodka, Graystown, Quick Pick and Victoria Says.
Prediction: 1st Uncle Alastair, 2nd Dunly, 3rd Quick Pick
13.35 Award Winning Weddings At Western House Hotel Handicap Hurdle
REIVERS LODGE arrives here still relatively unexposed having won nicely at Kelso last month and, despite a 9lb higher mark, looks one that can defy the rise from the handicapper. Native Optimist was an easy winner when last seen at Hexham but now races off an 11lb higher mark against a rival with scope for further improvement, while Too Many Chiefs looks best of the remainder.
Prediction: 1st Reivers Lodge, 2nd Native Optimist, 3rd Too Many Chiefs
14.10 Ayr Racecourse Gift Vouchers Available Now Mares' Handicap Hurdle
The lightly-raced Wide Awake has been steadily improving and should come on for her recent Sedgefield outing, with her handler Sandy Thompson operating at a 50 per cent strike-rate over the last 14 days. Paper Roses and Dark Sunset are two others for the shortlist with the latter set to be suited by a return to better ground. However, preference is for ATTENTION SEAKER, who has been in fine form on the Flat during the summer, appears well treated on the best of her hurdles form and has the assistance of Brian Hughes here.
Prediction: 1st Attention Seaker, 2nd Wide Awake, 3rd Dark Sunset
14.40 Christmas Parties At Western House Hotel Chase (Novices' Limited Handicap)
LOUGH DERG JEWEL looked a progressive type over hurdles last season for the McCain team and looks a nice chasing recruit. The six-year-old has scope for improvement in this sphere and could have too much for Mac N Cheese, who won well on his stable debut after a long absence last time but needs to avoid the 'bounce' factor. Chateau Robin is completely unexposed and was only beaten by smart rivals when second the last twice.
Prediction: 1st Lough Derg Jewel, 2nd Mac N Cheese, 3rd Chateau Robin
15.10 Book Now For The Ayrshire Wedding Show Handicap Chase
KNOCKANRAWLEY is worth monitoring in the betting on his seasonal bow as he has dropped 1lb lower than when second in the Eider Chase last term and he gets the nod. The main danger to the selection may be Catamaran Du Seuil, who is rated 7lb higher over hurdles and was far from disgraced when landing minor money over fences at Fakenham when last sighted. Gold Opera is still on the up in this sphere and is another returning from an absence to consider.
Prediction: 1st Knockanrawley, 2nd Catamaran Du Seuil, 3rd Gold Opera
15.45 Christmas Parties At Ayr Racecourse Junior Standard Open NH Flat Race
Forewarning almost caused a shock on debut when second at 50/1 and has to be respected here, while a hood could see Keith Dalgleish's Qasr improve on his third-placed effort at Carlisle. However, preference is for EMISSAIRE, a 24,000-euro purchase who makes his first start for the Grand National-winning trainer Lucinda Russell and could have a bright future ahead of him.
Prediction: 1st Emissaire, 2nd Forewarning, 3rd Qasr