Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 10:48 27/04/2015
Al Khan heads the betting for today's Class 4 Weddings At Western House Hotel Handicap at 3.30 Ayr and best odds 3/1 looks great value with bet365 and the horse looks every bit the one to beat after an encouraging debut for David O'Meara.
The bay gelding was in the winners enclosure three times last year for Ollie Pears before the exertions of a busy campaign took their toll in the Autumn. New surroundings combined with a break resulted in a cracking run on his seasonal reappearance at Catterick last week, where under a patient ride by today's jockey Daniel Tudhope, Al Khan drew clear with Regal Dan and managed to edge his stablemate at the winning post.
With that run under his belt a bold bid is expected and the 6-year-old's chances of defying a penalty have been boosted by the withdrawal of Ralphy Boy earlier this morning. Should Tudhope employ the same tactics on this occasion expect the selection to sit just off the leaders and come with a late challenge inside the final furlong.
Order of Service improved for the fitting of a tongue tie towards the end of last season and could continue progress this term along with the porgresive Twin Appeal, though the main danger could be Finn Class who is likely to come on for a respectable fourth on his reappearance at Redcar last month.
1pt Win - Al Khan 3/1 bet365