Architect Tips shares his Tote Placepot tips for today's action at Ayr.
Leg 1 Selections: Jackpot De Choisel
This isn’t a strong opener and it presents Irish raider JACKPOT DE CHOISEL with a good opportunity to get off the mark over hurdles at the second time of asking for connections. He ran a promising race when third on his hurdles debut and will get seven pounds from his two nearest pursuers in the betting here, who both underperformed when last seen. Sean Bowen takes the ride and he is very hard to oppose. He is a short price but should be able to get favourite backers off to the perfect start in leg 1.
Leg 2 Selections: Ritson, Rocco Storm
RITSON absolutely dotted up at Newcastle on Boxing Day by 10 lengths and despite now being on a career-high mark, he might be able to use that victory as a springboard to further success. He must have solid claims on just his fourth start over fences with improvement to come. ROCCO STORM is in superb form, who has won three of his last four and returned a comfortable five-length winner over track and trip last time. The eight-year-old is up eight pounds but hasn’t finished improving yet and could go in again in leg 2.
Leg 3 Selections: Gold Cup Bailly, Thomas Darby
GOLD CUP BAILLY made the frame in all three starts over hurdles but is no doubt an even better chaser, who is unbeaten in three, and has jumped beautifully in his last two wins at this course. He is only four pounds higher than for winning over track and trip last time and gets the vote to make it four on the spin. THOMAS DARBY has become inconsistent but is a good horse on his day and is the highest rated in the field. He hasn’t been chasing for a while but has the form to be a leading contender should he turn in one of his better performances.
Leg 4 Selections: Wild Polly, Lissen To The Lady
WILD POLLY looked in need of her return when only sixth on handicap debut at Kelso but that effort should have sorted her out fitness-wise and she was impressive on her only previous visit here. I think she will run a big race off top-weight, though LISSEN TO THE LADY has caught the eye on both starts this season, finishing with running left from unpromising positions, and is back against her own sex in this race. She is fancied to be competitive as well in leg 4.
Leg 5 Selections: Calipso Collonges, Donna’s Double
Olly Murphy’s CALIPSO COLLONGES is three pounds below his last winning mark and has run respectably in both his starts this term. He is very consistent and has lots of wins and in-the-frame efforts to his name off higher marks, so he should go well. DONNA’S DOUBLE ran alright on his chase debut and built on that promise when scoring easily here on his next start. This is a stronger race but Sandy Thomson’s charge might be equal to the task with more to come.
Leg 6 Selections: One Mill Harbour, Fia Fuinidh
Lucinda Russell’s ONE MILL HARBOUR has displayed a lot of promise in both starts over course-and-distance and makes his handicap debut off a fair mark of 108 here. He is strongly respected with improvement on the cards, while FIA FUINIDH made a successful handicap debut start over course-and-distance last month. He has a 10-pounds higher mark to contend with but is a key player whilst in such good form in his follow-up bid in leg 6.