Steve Ryder has four selections for Saturday's racing.
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This Group 3 World Trophy Stakes looks a strong contest this year but preference goes to the in form TIS MARVELLOUS (best priced at 7-2). I had previously thought the Clive Cox trained gelding was reliant on fast ground at Ascot to show his best but he has shown on his previous two starts that he is more versatile than I had previously given him credit for. The seven-year-old won the Shergar Cup Dash at Ascot on his penultimate start on good to soft ground before following up in a red-hot renewal of the Beverley Bullet last time.
Tis Marvellous won impressively last time by 3 ¾ lengths at listed level and deserves to go back up in class to Group 3 level. Hurricane Ivor was a good winner of the Portland Handicap last weekend and I have no doubt that he is a group level sprinter but I feel that will be over 6f rather than 5f. Khaadem won on his first attempt at 5f at Doncaster last time but that was a really poor race and preference therefore goes to Tis Marvellous who will be suited by the drying ground at Newbury.
The Kevin Ryan trained Hala HALA ATHMANI (best priced at 4-1) made an impressive winning debut at Carlisle and looks worthy of stepping up in class to contest this Group 3 on only her second start. She is a well-bred half sister to Group 1 winner Hello Youmzain who also started off his career at the same venue in August with a similarly impressive victory.
Hala Hala Athmani was slowly away but travelled extremely well throughout the contest and put the race to bed quickly when getting a gap to ease clear by an eased down 5 ½ lengths at the finish. The race wasn’t the strongest contest but the manner of her victory was impressive and I feel she will prove hard to beat with Kevin Stott once again on board.
The looks an open renewal of the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes but preference goes to the John & Thady Gosden trained DHABAB (best priced at 9-4) whose run last time has received some noteworthy form boosts. The son of No Nay Never made a winning debut at Leicester in June before being sent off favourite for the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot on only his second start. He ran well that day to finish 6th despite not getting the clearest run and looking in need of a step up in trip over 6f.
Dhabab was once again sent off favourite for his next start at Newmarket in the Group 2 July Superlative Stakes where he finished a close 3rd behind Native Trail and Masekela who made their challenge on a different part of the track. Native Trail boosted that form with an impressive victory in the Group 1 National Stakes last weekend and the runner-up Masekela also won the Denford Stakes at Newbury on his next start beating Bayside Boy who subsequently upset Reach For The Moon in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster.
Dhabab now returns following 70 days off the track and despite having a few pounds to find on ratings with the likes of Gubbass and Gis A Sub, I expect him to prove hard to beat.
Despite not winning at Ayr yet in his career, SHELIR (best priced at 13-2) has a some really solid form at the course. The David O’Meara trained gelding finished 3rd in this race last season off a mark of 95 before finishing 2nd on both of his starts over this course and distance this season. He was beaten a short head by Redarna off a mark of 96 in July before finishing only a head behind Marie’s Diamond off 1lb higher later that month.
Shelir disappointed at Goodwood in the Golden Mile before bouncing back to form last time at Pontefract when only beaten a neck off a mark of 96. He is only 1lb higher here and looks sure to be involved in the finish with up to five places available.