13:35 Ayr

SOIVEGOTACHANCE (best price 11-2) set a brisk pace before fading in the closing stages of a warm novices’ hurdle at Kelso last time out but despite his sixth-length defeat at the hands of Mister Whitaker, he did more than enough to suggest he could feature in low-grade handicaps further down the line and today’s race looks like a decent opportunity for him to showcase that viewpoint. 

Freshened up after disappointing in a four-runner affair at Perth during the summer, the son of Imperial Monarch was given a fairly aggressive ride at the Borders venue and it was a tactic that had most of his rivals at full stretch with only half a mile to race. However, he couldn’t quite match strides up against a rival much superior in terms of class (rated 135) and he ended up just keeping on at the one pace on the run-in. That said, his time figure came out much the best of his three races under rules so far to date and a repeat of a similar level of form should see him competitive at the very least of an opening mark of 113. 

Soivegotachance - 0.5pts e/w @ 11/2

14:10 Ayr

DREAMS OF HOME (best price 5-4) got hooked up in a joust for the early lead on chase debut at Carlisle which ultimately proved his undoing but with the distinct likelihood of a far more peaceful beginning to today’s race, hopefully, Donald McCain’s gelding can prove he still remains a horse of some interest in this sphere. 

A smart novice hurdler last season, unbeaten in three starts, the son of Jet Away has always been seen as a chasing prospect ever since he defeated the useful Bill Baxter in an Irish point-to-point this time last year and there is still plenty of time for him to fulfil his potential. Although he faded out of contention at the Cumbrian venue, at least his jumping passed the test and on the evidence of what we saw of him 22 days ago and in all of his victories last season, dropping back to the minimum trip probably isn’t a bad shout by connections for a horse who likes to let rip from the front. Sure to be wiser for the experience he gathered on his opening bow, we should see a more rounded display in all departments and the five-year-old is taken to get back on track.

Dreams of Home - 2pts @ 5/4

15:25 Kempton

JUST THE MAN (best price 7-2) ran really well in the circumstances last time out at Cheltenham and now back over a course that is likely to play more into his strengths, John O’Shea’s gelding has a decent chance of resuming winning ways. 

Held up towards the rear of the field at Prestbury Park, the five-year-old grey still had quite a bit left on his plate at the second last and although he managed to work himself into a position whereby he had a squeak at the last, the effort to make up the ground in a short space of time ultimately proved his undoing. Seen to really good effect over Ludlow’s flat, right-handed circuit previously, when winning with plenty in hand, the son of Rajsaman, who also loves a decent surface, has ideal conditions to enable him to punch above his weight. 

Just The Man - 1pt @ 7/2