Ayr best bet: Glasses Up to relish return to favourite course and distance
Day two of Ayr’s Gold Cup meeting concludes with a competitive long-distance handicap that looks likely to favour those with previous form around the Scottish track.
17:10 Ayr: Remus Uomo Handicap (1 mile 5 furlongs)
If we start away from the market leaders, then pick of the rest appears to be Iain Jardine’s Annandale, who has tasted course-and-distance success before, and arrives here fresh from season-best runner-up spot when appearing at Redcar off a career-low mark a month ago.
That said, it would be a surprise if the three market leaders aren’t all prominent in the closing stages of this testing trip, with early favourite Valley Of Flowers arriving in good form (one win and four seconds in eight outings) as she looks to repeat her success in the same race last year.
Fairmac is a similar price, but looks poor value for a horse that hasn’t broken into the first five in six attempts since winning at Musselburgh in April, which leaves us with Glasses Up, who should know this track inside out after 31 previous outings here.
His last visit to Ayr ended an extended losing sequence, albeit in a low-key five-runner affair, but is seems to have served as a catalyst for an upturn in form, as Glasses Up ran equally well when settling for second behind Tafsir at Musselburgh next time out.
His latest run 23 days ago was over a previously untried 18 furlongs, a step up in trip that proved his undoing, so this return to 13 furlongs should suit.
Jockey Ben Curtis is edging towards 100 winners for the season, and having been in Glasses Up’s saddle for both of his last two wins, this partnership look set to go close again at a preferred course and distance,
Suggested bet: Glasses Up in the 17:10 at Ayr