12:45 Ayr

START IN FRONT failed to land a blow in the Chatteris Fen at Huntingdon last month, but he bolted up at Wetherby on his penultimate start (Jipekaa Machin behind in fifth) and that form gives him leading claims. Jipekaa Machin could find improvement for the application of a first-time tongue-tie, while Irish raider Jackpot De Choisel, who hit the frame at Fairyhouse on his hurdling bow, is likely to play a leading role too.
Prediction : 1st Start In Front 2nd Jipekaa Machin 3rd Jackpot De Choisel

13:17 Ayr

Rocco Storm is bound to be popular here, having won three of his last four starts, but a 7lb rise for his most recent success makes life tougher. Preference instead is for NETYWELL, who impressed over C&D last month and looks capable of going in again. Duty Calls (third) has almost eight lengths to find with the selections on that run, while Newcastle winner Ritson is another to consider.
Prediction : 1st Netywell 2nd Rocco Storm 3rd Ritson

13:50 Ayr

With just the four runners heading to post, it is easiest to side with the bang in-form GOLD CUP BAILLY, who kept on well to secure a comfortable victory over this course and distance last month. A 4lb raised mark for that success looks unlikely to stop him. Thomas Darby makes a switch to fences for the first time since 2019 but is feared most, while Famous Bridge also has a squeak.
Prediction : 1st Gold Cup Bailly 2nd Thomas Darby 3rd Famous Bridge

14:25 Ayr

Aazza was a comprehensive winner of her latest outing at Doncaster when storming 20 lengths clear of her nearest pursuer. However, the seven-year-old has a 13lb rise to contend with and the vote, therefore, goes to EL POPPOCHAPO. Stuart Crawford's mare shed the maiden tag here in novice company last month and the manner of victory suggested the step up in distance on her handicap debut would potentially see her improve again. Lady Tremaine ran well on her return at Newcastle on Boxing Day and is another to note.
Prediction : 1st El Poppochapo 2nd Aazza 3rd Lady Tremaine

15:00 Ayr

A taking winner here last time out on just his second start in this sphere, there should be plenty more improvement forthcoming from DONNA'S DOUBLE as he looks to overcome a 4lb rise. Course specialist Dubai Days can give him the most to think about following a respectable placed effort at Newcastle, while others to note include the consistent Uncle Alastair, who looks as though he may be suited by dropping in trip.
Prediction : 1st Donnas Double 2nd Dubai Days 3rd Uncle Alastair

15:35 Ayr

FIA FUINIDH bolted up on his handicap debut over this course and distance last month and, given he kept on to score by 12 lengths on that occasion, a 10lb raised mark looks unlikely to stop him following up in this. Thistle Ask finished ahead of the selection in maiden company on his most recent run and can give him plenty to think about off level weights, while Attention All is another who warrants close consideration.
Prediction : 1st Fia Fuinidh 2nd Thistle Ask 3rd Attention All

16:10 Ayr

Idem and Isenay both have the form in the book to play a leading role, but the vote goes to CHALK THAT DOWN. Donald McCain's charge shaped with promise on her racecourse debut, finishing second against her own sex. The form of that race has worked out well and she's fancied to go one better with improvement likely. Olly Murphy often does well in these types of contests and Booster Bob merits a place on the shortlist too.
Prediction : 1st Chalk That Down 2nd Idem 3rd Isenay