Thursday's Ayr racing tips: Hollie Doyle double on the cards

Up to Ayr for Thursday afternoon's meeting on October 6 and the Planet Sport tipsters have some honest selections to wet your whistle.

Last day of the Flat season at Ayr, before they switch over to the jumps at the end of October, and the course's top jockey, trainer and owner for the season will be crowned during the eight race card.

Here's a quick run through of our selections from Ayr with a bit more detail on our highlighted horses below that. You can follow all the racecards, results and live odds by using the Planet Sport live centre.


13:15 (Ayr) Dundory

13:50 (Ayr) Radetsky Marsch

14:25 (Ayr) Ayr Poet

15:00 (Ayr) Maple Jack

15:35 (Ayr) First Greyed

16:10 (Ayr) Martin's Brig

16:45 (Ayr) Bobby Shaftoe

17:15 (Ayr) City Vaults

13:50 (Ayr) Radetsky Marsch

It is fairly rare for Hollie Doyle to traipse up to Ayr midweek, but she is going to ride Radetsky Marsch in the Virgin Bet Novice Stakes for Archie Watson.

This son of Seahenge - who won the Champagne Stakes for Aidan O'Brien and who is standing in France, thus not having had many runners in the UK - was fine third to Striking Star on debut at Sandown.

The form of that race has not been tested, though the Charlie Appleby-trained winner did look in a different league.

However, Radetsky Marsch showed enough to suggest he would be winning somewhere soon.

14:25 (Ayr) Ayr Poet

Doyle has also picked up the ride on Jim Goldie's Ayr Poet in the Handicap.

Usually ultra-consistent, he ran a rare bad race at Hamilton last time and it may be he has come to the end of his tether this season.

The fact Goldie has booked Doyle, though, suggests he does not transcribe to that view.

On The River has put a number of solid performances together and he is unlikely to be far away at the finish here, while Zumaaty, Engles Rock and Chinese Spirit are others to keep an eye on.

15:00 (Ayr) Maple Jack

Maple Jack can defy a penalty in the Virgin Bet Handicap for Julie Camacho and Graham Lee.

The lightly-raced sprinter bolted up over course and distance last week, earning a 7lb rise from the handicapper on Tuesday morning.

However, because entries for this race were made before his new assessment he has able to race with just a 5lb penalty, meaning technically he should have a couple of pounds up his sleeve.

To be fair, a 7lb rise was totally fair, as he absolutely sluiced home.

He had looked very well treated off a handicap mark of 65, but it had been a frustrating season for connections given he needs to get his toe in.

Hugely unlucky behind Call Me Ginger in June, he then ran poorly back at Ayr six weeks later but it was probably a case of a soft-ground horse going on fast ground once, but not fancying it again next time.

With cut in the ground and another 2lb knocked off, Maple Jack was thrown in on his two-year-old form, which saw him defeat the now 82-rated Ava Go Joe at level weights and he duly ran out an easy winner. There should still be more to come now the ground is in his favour.

15:35 (Ayr) First Greyed

Michael Dods' First Greyed appreciated getting his toe in at Thirsk, running out an easy winner.

He has been put up 5lb ahead of the Virgin Bet Free Bets For Winners Handicap but it might not be enough to prevent him going in again.

Ugo Gregory is now 10lb lower than for his latest success and he shouldn't be underestimated either.

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