August 9 Racing Tips: Platinumcard backed to cash in at Ayr

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Ayr 3.00 - Platinumcard

Platinumcard can continue his profitable campaign with victory in the Big Al's 50th Birthday Handicap at Ayr.

The Hexham bumper runner-up was largely disappointing in three starts over hurdles last winter, but has fared significantly better since being switched to the Flat.

His debut on the level at Catterick in early June was nothing to write home about, but he improved significantly to get off the mark at Hamilton a few weeks later, since when he has finished third at Leicester and made a winning handicap debut over this course and distance.

Platinumcard got up in the dying strides a fortnight ago and the winning margin was only a neck, but the upside of that is the handicapper has only raised his mark by 1lb.

There is every chance he can follow up on his return to the Scottish venue.

3.35 Ayr - Chelsea Annie

Chelsea Annie is another out to make it back-to-back wins at Ayr in the QTS British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies' Novice Stakes.

Having been placed on her first two starts, Adrian Keatley's youngster duly made it third time lucky as a hot favourite here in mid-July.

The step up from six to seven furlongs appeared very much in her favour as she powered clear to win with authority.

She looks capable of defying a winner's penalty before switching to either handicaps or black type company.

Other tips at Ayr: 1.50 Roydmoor 2.25 Ghostly, 4.05 Asmund, 4.35 Bulls Aye.

7.25 Ripon - Blu Boy

Ripon punters can rely upon the Blu Boy to collect the cash in the David Chapman Memorial Handicap.

Ed Bethell's charge is enjoying a fine season, having already hit the bullseye on three occasions.

The son of Muhaarar looked fairly ordinary in four juvenile outings last season, but a gelding operation appears to have had the desired effect judged on a runaway Newcastle success and two triumphs at Beverley.

He was made to pull out all the stops on his latest visit to Westwood, but the runner-up Urban War is not a bad sort and Blu Boy is capable of defying a 2lb rise in the weights.

Other tips at Ripon: 5.55 Form Of Praise, 6.25 Kendred Fire, 6.55 Barn Owl, 7.55 Atiyah, 8.25 The Big House.

6.05 Windsor - Pulcheria

Pulcheria is of definite interest in the British EBF Fillies' Novice Stakes at Windsor.

The Shamardal filly had presumably been showing trainer Charlie Appleby plenty of ability prior to her introduction at Leicester in June as she was a heavily backed odds-on favourite.

She was ultimately disappointing in finishing last of three runners, although the runner-up Madame Ambassador did win just a few days ago to give the form some credibility.

Pulcheria then ran at Ascot, where she was far too keen to do herself justice and passed the post fourth of six.

There is definitely some talent there and given how exuberantly she raced at Ascot, it is no great surprise Appleby has elected to come back in distance from seven to six furlongs.

This looks like a good opportunity for her to get off the mark.

Other tips at Windsor: 5.05 Excellent George, 5.35 Willingly, 6.35 Strike Me A Pose, 7.05 Lady Reset, 7.35 General Lee, 8.05 Dusk Chorus.

2.10 Wolverhampton - Maketh Believeth

Maketh Believeth will not be winning out of turn if opening his account in the Grab A Free Bet Go To Maiden Handicap at Wolverhampton.

Harry Dunlop's charge has been placed three times in five outings to date and ran his best race yet when beaten a neck here last time.

He was caught late on by Geremia on that occasion, but was nicely clear of the rest - and while he is clearly no star, a race of this nature should be within his compass.

Other tips at Wolverhamton: 1.00 Chase That Dream, 1.35 Ghost Rider, 2.45 Across The Nile, 3.20 Fozzie Bear, 3.55 Bombastic.

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