Thursday is the opening day of the three-day Ayr Gold Cup Festival, Scotland's richest Flat race meeting.
They stage an eight-race card (14:00-17:35) with the Class 2 Dream Weddings At Western House Hotel Handicap being the feature event. Our racing analyst has three to follow on the opening day of the meeting.
Northern Express to win and each-way - BET NOW
Paul Mulrennan rides more than his fair share of winners at this track and he's fancied to kick off Ayr's big three-day event on the Flat with a winner for the Michael Dods yard.
This Zoffany colt made a winning start to his career at Beverley (7½f, soft) late last month when making smooth progress from the rear to win with something in hand, beating Il Bandito by less than a length with the front pair having come right away from the remainder.
The runner-up filled the same berth next time at Chepstow, while the fourth was a next-time-out scorer at Leicester. Northern Express was getting stronger with every yard he travelled in that Beverley run and so the extra furlong here appeals.
With improvement to come on the back of that pleasing debut, he may well defy his penalty given the manner of his opening success.
First Impression to win and each-way - BET NOW
John Quinn's son of Make Believe ended his novice campaign with a breakthrough success on his third start here at Ayr (1m, soft) and appeared to confirm the promise of that run when he returned to action in June after 261 days with a Redcar handicap success over this mile and a quarter trip.
He did so from an opening mark of 80 and was bumped up 7lb for his success. Even allowing for that increased tariff, his subsequent runs at Haydock and Glorious Goodwood would have to go down as disappointing.
He came back down to 85 after that July run and put together a much more likable effort late last month when finding only one too good at Ripon (1m2f, soft).
He couldn't get to the front-running winner but finished well clear of everything else and, with that run in mind and an unchanged mark today, he should be going close with forecast conditions in his favour and still very few miles on the clock.
Lyons Lane to win and each-way - BET NOW
The filly saw her three-race winning sequence halted at Windsor 19 days ago but Lyons Lane might not be one to cast aside just yet.
She had racked up wins at Thirsk and Hamilton either side of a C&D victory here in mid-August. Those successes came on ground ranging from good/soft and saw the Showcasing filly rise from a mark of 44 to 67.
The presence of 'heavy' in the going description at Windsor last time was perhaps not in her favour but, moreover, she didn't get the clearest of runs when looking to make her challenge late on and could be described as something of an unlucky third.
Her mark is unchanged and there's a good possibility she hasn't quite peaked yet.
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Good to soft-soft in places.
Northern Express to win.
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