Following a 9/4 winner, Steve Ryder has three selections for Thursday's racing.
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The Jim Goldie trained GLOBAL HUMOUR (best priced at 5-1) is a really consistent performer at Ayr with form figures of 212221 in his career with both victories coming over this trip of 7f. The six-year-old has improved this season from a mark of 59 up to 70 and he should now be able to resume his progress back at 7f having raced over 5f on his previous three starts.
Connections of Global Humour have booked talented 5lb claimer Amy Waugh for the ride and I expect the gelding to be involved in the finish once again back at this favourite track with four places on offer.
The three-year-old MANGO BOY (best priced at 5-2) is from a family that trainer Chris Wall does well with being a half-brother to both Mix And Mingle and Double Of Bubble. The son of New Bay has run with credit on his three starts so far in his career but is expected to take a big step forward on his handicap debut off a mark of 78.
Mango Boy improved for the step up to 1m2f last time to finish 2nd by only 1 ¼ lengths at Ripon and it now seems significant that Chris Wall now runs him at Yarmouth on his handicap debut which is a horse the trainer does particularly well at with his fancied horses. He faces strong competition in this competitive 0-90 handicap but is the least exposed in the field and I expect Mango Boy to make a winning handicap debut.
THRILLA IN MANILA (best priced at 8-1) has shown some good form for Paul Midgley this season and despite not being the most consistent, he would hold strong claims if repeating his run at Catterick last time. The five-year-old won earlier this season at Hamilton before bouncing back from a couple of below par efforts to finish 2nd at Catterick when only beaten ½ length by the winner Militia.
The handicapper has raised the gelding 3lb for that run up to a mark of 67 but he gets to run here off his old rating so Thrilla In Manila actually runs here 3lb “well in” at the weights. Furthermore, he now drops down in class from a Class 4 0-80 handicap into a Class 5 0-70 handicap and as a result should prove hard to beat.