14:30 Ayr

Ayr host a decent jumps’ meeting on Monday and later on the card, the Iain Jardine-trained ANIMORE (best price 15-8) looks the one to be on in the Winter Breaks At Western House Hotel Novices' Handicap Chase and can follow up her recent impressive victory at Hexham. 

The eight-year-old showed a useful level of form over hurdles without setting the world alight but has looked a different proposition since switching to the bigger obstacles, improving her finishing efforts each time to finally open her account sixteen days ago when beating the 120-rated Grand Morning with plenty to spare. In addition, she jumped boldly on the front-end, travelled well and kicked clear from the final fence to win by over four-lengths. Her earlier second over the same course-and-distance has a lot of substance, too, given she met No No Maestro off level-weights and was only beaten half-a-length by the winner who subsequently won by twenty-four lengths to strengthen the form. Not only that, but her chasing debut third was another promising display as that was in a higher-graded affair than today’s event as she tackled horses rated 129, 131 and 135 and almost beat two of them. With that taken into consideration, Iain Jardine’s mare is thrown in here off 111 and, now situated in a field where she might be able to dominate proceedings from the front again, herself and partner Conor O’Farrell can supplement their latest victory and make the most of this easier opportunity to construct a quick-fire double in this sphere. 

Animore - 1pt @ 15/8

15:40 Ayr

A four-runner affair with EVENT OF SIVOLA (best price 2-1) shading the verdict. He’s been very consistent since the turn of last year, finishing no worse than third in seven of his last ten starts. He deservedly opened his account at Musselburgh in February when beating the 115-rated Big Difference and ran well to chase home the 120+ rated Another Emotion when last spotted. He was nine-lengths adrift of the winner that day but that was in a much better race than this one and, with Tom Midgley claiming a valuable three-pounds, this seven-year-old may go one better with the strongest form on display. 

Event Of Sivola - 1pt @ 2/1

16:15 Ayr

This looks a relatively weak event and I like the claims of GET PHAR (best price 4-1) who placed four times in handicap hurdles when trained in Ireland and gets the vote to strike on debut for his new yard under Henry Brooke. 

He makes his first start in the UK from a nine-pound higher mark than his Irish mark but this is a weak event and he has scope to surpass his hurdles form at the first time of asking in this sphere. I have seen a lot of critics say conditions won’t be in his favour but the forecast rain will suit him as he’s shown his best form on underfoot conditions and the drop back in distance under a positive ride might see him outclass this field.

Get Phar - 0.5pts e/w @ 4/1