Oddschecker tips for every race at Ayr on Saturday.
The three Irish raiders, Texas Radio, Steelriver and MARKHAN, all warrant plenty of respect, and it is the last-named who gets the nod providing he takes his place after running at Musselburgh on Friday. The five-year-old has improved for the tongue-tie/cheekpieces combination (worn again), finishing third at both Dundalk and Naas, and he looks sure to mount a bold bid under talented amateur Catherine Walton. Coviglia has posted five solid efforts this year, including a 7f win here in June, and he should give another good account, while Lucky Violet also merits consideration.Prediction : 1st Markhan 2nd Coviglia 3rd Lucky Violet
Captain Combat, Euro Implosion and Fancy Footings are all interesting newcomers and the betting market is likely to prove a good guide to their chances, but it might pay to concentrate on those with experience. Fuente fairly bolted up over C&D last month and should run well under a penalty, while Dream of Honour can improve for stepping up in trip. However, ABSOLUTE DREAM has placed on his last three starts, twice at a higher level, and is fancied to open his account.Prediction : 1st Absolute Dream 2nd Dream of Honour 3rd Fuente
Yes You wasn't beaten far off this mark over 6f at Hamilton last time and should go close, while Khelman, who is 15lb lower than when striking over C&D last summer, is also very tempting, despite his lacklustre recent displays. Vallarta and Your Pal Tal are closely matched on their track-and-trip encounter last month, but preferred ahead of all is Lee Smyth representative DUNCAN OF SCOTLAND, who could remain competitive now up 3lb for his recent C&D success.Prediction : 1st Duncan Of Scotland 2nd Yes You 3rd Khelman
ORIENTAL LILLY won twice in June, including a race over six furlongs at this track, and she was far from disgraced when finishing third in a good race here last time out. A reproduction of that effort would make her hard to beat off the same mark. Golden Steps finished a place in front of the selection that day but he refused to race last time out and that has to be a big concern. Elysian Flyer and My Name Is Rio are others to consider. Prediction : 1st Oriental Lilly 2nd Golden Steps 3rd Elysian Flyer
BLUE MEDICI has gone close to getting off the mark on his last couple of starts, including when a half-length second over C&D two starts ago, and a pair of blinkers are applied to bring about further improvement. Gworn drops in grade and is down to a fair mark on his very best form, while Six Silver Lane and She's Pukka are both capable on what they have shown recently.Prediction : 1st Blue Medici 2nd Gworn 3rd Six Silver Lane
NAPLES BAY boasts good course form and returned to the winner's enclosure here latest when holding on in game fashion by a neck over this distance. He went up 2lb for that success and could feasibly have more to offer. Royal Duchess has finished second over C&D on her last couple of starts and warrants consideration along with Reinforced, who is another in the field with winning form at the track.Prediction : 1st Naples Bay 2nd Royal Duchess 3rd Reinforced
FORBIDDING responded well to the application of a tongue-tie and for a step back up in trip when winning at Newcastle over 2m a fortnight ago and, on that evidence, he can handle a 4lb rise in the weights. Braes Of Lochalsh ran much better when second here over 2m1f at the end of last month and should go close once again, while Almontaser could benefit from the extra couple of furlongs making the trip over from Ireland.Prediction : 1st Forbidding 2nd Braes Of Lochalsh 3rd Almontaser