TALK about competitive. You will do well to find just one winner on day two of Ayr’s Western meeting. (If you get the Placepot up then it should be a decent pot). Two 25-runner handicaps, a big field nursery and a super-tricky Listed juvenile sprint are conundrums sent to test the most diligent form student. The best chance of a winner is in the two divisions of the maiden two-year-old races. PENNOCK (1.30) appeals in the first. He showed good speed on his Haydock debut and Mark Johnston’s juveniles are usually undercooked on their debuts. Fatherly Friend and Prying Pandora are respected.
The next race looks between CONSTANTINO (2.00) and Weekend Offender. There was little between them on their debuts when they finished behind the leading group in the warm maiden at York won by Beautiful Morning. Preference is for the former who is highly regarded by Richard Fahey. The pair also look good for the reverse forecast.
Fahey almost declared GIDDY (2.30) for the Group 3 Firth of Clyde Stakes on Saturday but was swayed to run her in Friday’s 6f nursery by an appealing handicap mark. This race is fiercely competitive and you couldn’t put a line through many of them. But Giddy was impressive on her debut and clearly won with a bit in hand, and can see off stablemate Donjuan Triumphant and James Bethell’s Fast and Furious.
The Bronze Cup will offer useful draw pointers to Saturday’s Silver Cup and Ayr Gold Cup itself. PIAZON (3.40) ran very well at Haydock and although he would prefer even softer ground he could go well from his high draw. He is 23.0 on Betfair at the time of writing and that looks too big but he will need luck as he has to be played late.
Easton Angel will be a warm order for the Listed Harry Roseberry Stakes. But the tough and speedy ROSINA (4.15) offers some serious each-way value at around 14/1. She can sometimes be outpaced early in her races but should be staying on strongly and has some quality about her.
Finally DEVIOUS SPIRIT (5.20) has bits of form and has surprised connections in his inability to get his head in front. He may just have everything in his favour and could run well at a biggish price under Paul Hanagan.