Steve Ryder is back with three tips from today's action.
This looks set to be dominated by two smart bumper performers from last season in the shape of Notnowlinda and LUTINBELLA (best priced at 11/10) and preference goes to the latter based on her course form. The Fergal O’Brien trained six-year-old finished 2nd in two bumpers at this course and last year before getting off the mark in February here when she won a bumper by 4 ¾ lengths on heavy ground.
Lutinebella outran odds of 50/1 to finish 3rd in the Grade 2 Mares’ Bumper at Aintree on her final start last season and if she can reproduce that form on her hurdling debut then she should prove hard to beat.
The Michael Mulvany trained TAKE MY HAND (best priced at 15/2) has finished 2nd on her previous three starts and she should hold strong claims once again in this race. The five-year-old finished 2nd by ½ length at Bellewstown in June off a mark of 51 before returning from a 79 day break to finish 2nd at Gowran Park off a mark of 50.
Take My Hand finished 2nd once again at Bellewstown last time off a mark of 54 and she now gets to run in this race off a mark of 51 making her 3lbs “well in” at the weights. Regular rider Gary Carroll is on board and I expect her to run well with up to five places available.
The Jim Goldie trained TOMMY G (best priced at 11/2) is an eight time course winner at Ayr including four over this trip of 7f and he should hold strong claims once again. The nine-year-old won over a mile here in September off a mark of 67 before finishing 5th at Goodwood off a mark of 68 on his next start. He finished 2nd by ½ length in an apprentice handicap last time off a mark of 70 under a rider with only three wins in her career over a mile and he shouldn’t be inconvenienced by this drop back to 7f.
Paul Mulrennan is back on board Tommy G in this race and he runs here 2lbs “well in” at the weights. A mark of 70 means he is still well handicapped on his form from earlier this season (won off a mark of 71 in May) and he should run well with up to four places on offer.