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We have quality action at Newbury, but the National Hunt scene is still getting the bulk of my attention, and heading to Ayr, we have a stunning afternoon of action to look forward to
3.00pm Ayr - Datsalrightgino
Jamie Snowden has had a very successful season, and DATSALRIGHTGINO can round off his campaign with a return to the winner’s enclosure. An impressive winner earlier in the season at Chepstow on Good ground, he has acquitted himself very well in some tough tasks this season, including when runner-up to subsequent Grade 1 winner Stage Star on Trials Day at Cheltenham in January.
Datsalightgino was sent off 5/1f for the Plate at the Cheltenham Festival but was pulled up. It was reported that he didn’t enjoy the ground that, was ‘very hard work’ according to connections, and the application of cheekpieces didn’t have the desired effect. Back on spring ground and eased to a mark of 144 with the headgear left off, he is more than capable of bouncing back to winning ways.
3.35pm Ayr - Dusart
The Scottish Grand National is a fascinating betting heat, and with drying ground conditions at Ayr, it brings plenty of the top weights into play who will be favoured by drying ground. DUSART has the burden of top weight but showed some class form as a novice, including when winning on this card 12 months ago, beating Sounds Russian.
He was far from disgraced at last season’s Cheltenham Festival when fifth in the Brown Advisory - with the likes of Ahoy Senor, L’Homme Presse and Galliard Du Mesnil not that far ahead of him on unsuitably soft ground, shows that he had the ability to serve it up to his rivals off a mark of 154 here. Nico De Boinville takes the ride on the Nicky Henderson-trained 8-year-old, who has the cheek pieces on for the first time.
4.10pm Ayr - Uhtred
I will take a chance on the Dan Skelton-trained UHTRED bouncing back to winning ways. He was a classy sort when trained by Joseph O’Brien, but things haven’t quite clicked for him in recent times for new connections. However, the upshot is that he has now plummeted down the weights to a mark of 119 and looks absolutely lobbed in on old form.
He was rated 141 back in November, so could be one of the best-treated horses at the meeting. Bridget Andrews takes the ride stepping in for her injured husband, Harry, who is currently seeing a shoulder specialist.
2.40pm Newbury - Knight
In the Greenham at Newbury, I expect Chaldean to take a lot of beating, although the chance of some genuine soft ground really complicates matters, and I wouldn’t be shocked if KNIGHT gave him something to think about. The Mehmas colt made a very taking impression on debut at Yarmouth last September, and then the following month landed the odds over C&D when winning the Horris Hill.
Sent off a 10/1 poke to win that Group 3, he was a little keen early but found plenty when needed inside the closing stages on what were very testing underfoot conditions, so there will be no fears from connections when looking at the current weather forecast.
- Datsalrightgino (3.00pm Ayr) - 9/2 @ bet365
- Dusart (3.35pm Ayr) - 25/1 (Each-Way) @ bet365
- Uhtred (4.10pm Ayr) - 9/2 @ William Hill
- Knight (2.40pm Newbury) - 6/1 (Each-Way) @ William Hill
* Betting odds quoted correct at the time of writing. All odds are subject to fluctuations.
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