Monday's Ayr best bets and racing tips: Beltane to get back on winning path

Planet Sport tipsters are at Ayr with some juicy selections for the afternoon meeting on Monday, July 25.

Picking up a few winners from some afternoon racing in Scotland, should help boost the coffers ahead of the Goodwood Festival which starts on Tuesday.

You can see all the latest racecards and results from Ayr by using the Planet Sport live centre, but first let's have a quick look at Monday's selections. There's a bit more detail below on our three highlighted horses if you need it.


13:00 (Ayr) Tatterstall

13:35 (Ayr) Stormy Pearl

14:10 (Ayr) Water Of Leith

14:45 (Ayr) Beltane

15:20 (Ayr) Noble Anthem

15:55 (Ayr) Lilikoi

16:25 (Ayr) Red Allure

13:35 (Ayr) Stormy Pearl

A competitive race, but at least Stormy Pearl has a win to her name, after making all to come home alone at Hamilton last time out.

An added 8lb from the handicapper may not be enough to stop her following up, though if she falters, Signora Camacho might take advantage with the better going expected to suit.

White Mist and Fiery Bond make their handicap debuts here and may have more to offer off these marks.

14:45 (Ayr) Beltane

Beltane is another previous Ayr winner worth following in the Book Scottish Sun Ladies Night Handicap.

Keith Dalgleish's charge broke his duck here on his final juvenile start in October, but was disappointing on his first two starts of this year, at Wolverhampton and Hamilton.

Those efforts saw his mark drop from the 80s to 77 and following two months off the track and a wind operation in the meantime, he performed much better when third at York recently.

Competing from the same mark and stepping back up in trip to seven furlongs, everything looks well set for Beltane to get back on the winning trail.

15:20 (Ayr) Noble Anthem

Noble Anthem can make it back-to-back course victories in the Ayrshire Cancer Support Handicap.

The fact the Starspangledbanner colt was given his debut in the usually-competitive Wood Ditton at Newmarket suggested he had been showing trainer Archie Watson plenty on the Lambourn gallops.

He ultimately came up short on the Rowley Mile, but was beaten less than eight lengths and the first four home have all won since.

Noble Anthem himself opened his account on his second start at Thirsk before finishing fourth behind a subsequent Royal Ascot winner in Eldar Eldarov at Newcastle.

On the strength of that form, it was no surprise see the three-year-old go off at odds-on for his handicap debut over this course and distance little more than three weeks ago.

And while his supporters were made to sweat, with the margin of victory only a neck, he left the impression that there is more to come as he raced a little green when push came to shove.

With that in mind, a 3lb rise does not look insurmountable for Noble Anthem and he should prove hard to beat on his return to Scotland.

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