16:10 Ayr

BLACK FRIDAY (best price 17/2) looks a good price in his bid to win this race for the second year in a row. He’s a three time course-and-distance winner and gave Call Me Ginger six pounds when beating that rival easily by over two lengths 12 months ago.

He’s three pounds better off this time round and, in his latest start here, back in May, he only found the 101-rated Lampang too strong in the latter stages. He will face rivals rated no higher than 87 today and there’s every reason to believe he can add to his already impressive course form with another bold display off a lenient-looking mark against this field. 

SUMMER SANDS (best price 10/1) is still operating below his best in which he’s yet to replicate his two-year-old form, but this is a drop in grade from last time and he’s become dangerously well-treated at present. Richard Fahey has his team in excellent order and this five-year-old, who was placed in Group 1 company a few years ago, has the back-class to beat these if able to rediscover his best form.

He wasn’t beaten far when fifth in a class two at Doncaster on his penultimate start, so if Oisin Orr can work his magic, he should outrun his double-figure odds in this race. 

Black Friday - 0.5pts e/w @ 17/2
Summer Sands - 0.5pts e/w @ 10/1

16:30 Worcester

Tom George’s BANNISTER (best price 16/1) arrives here in pretty poor form, but his latest effort over fences can be excused, as he made a bad mistake at the sixth fence and was always on the back-foot afterwards. He’s not run over hurdles since finishing well beaten in a Grade 1 at Chepstow since the turn of last year and will find this so much easier.

He was rated 132 at the same and was rated 125 on his handicap chase debut last year, which coincidentally came at this course. He’s not been able to deliver his capabilities so far for connections but now that he’s down to a career-low mark of 105 and is open to improvement on just his second start in a handicap hurdle, he’s interesting indeed.

Johnny Burke has his only ride on the card and Tom George has his only runner of the day too and, if the return to hurdles can spark him back to life, he could be a decent shout at the prices. He comes with risks attached, of course, but he’s worth the chance on this occasion given his large odds.

Bannister - 0.5pts e/w @ 16/1

19:15 Ripon

SANDRET (best price 18/1) hasn’t won for such a long time and was well beaten last-time-out, but he’s down to an attractive mark and has done all of his winning/placed efforts off higher marks in stronger events than this race during his career. He’s 11 pounds below his last winning mark and went close twice back in September off marks of 79 in a pair of class four events when a close-up third in each of those.

He drops down another grade here and is drawn well in stall five with Harrison Shaw booked to ride. He makes plenty of each-way appeal at the morning odds, as he could go close to winning this if back to anything near his best for trainer Ben Haslam.

Sandret - 0.5pts e/w @ 18/1