Precautionary inspection 8am at Ayr, focus on Hereford: Brewin'upastorm makes his debut under rules in the bumper. The Skelton’s bought him for 250k but he is now with Olly Murphy, he is a short price favourite and will be interesting to see how he’ll perform over the short 2m trip. Another that looks interesting is Odello, a bumper winner last season that has not confirmed his talent so far over hurdles: he is entering the handicap route at the mark of 94 in a very weak race and Richard Johnson is booked for the job. It is all guessing work with poor racing during the week and the odds are not appealing.
12:20 Marettimo 11/1 Bet365 BetVictor 19.0 Exchanges 20win/80place Marettimo has already caught the eye on a few occasions this season and I remember mentioning him after a decent run at Ludlow last November. Turner’s charge was unlucky to fall subsequently at Fontwell when still leading and going well and he wasn’t a disgrace when 5th to Style De Garde at Newbury not being knocked about. Best performance came last time out at Taunton when he was subject of a real on-course gamble (6/1 into 11/4): still a bit too keen frontrunner, he managed to finish a good second to useful Vaziani, second to Radicean last Saturday at Kempton, relegating a well fancied Nicholls’ runner 13 lengths behind. There are a few fancied competitors today coming from more important yards but Marettimo can make good use of his experience and rates the value each way bet at 11/1.
12:50 Sunset Showdown 15/8 Ladbrokes 2/1 Betfair When I was studying the form of this race yesterday I decided that I was always going to make my choice depending on the odds: Piton Pete is very consistent and was often well backed but did not deliver yet. This could be his day but at current prices I m gonna try Sunset Showdown for the Curtis’ yard. Expensive purchase as 3 year-old, won a point-to-point contest over today’s distance at Knockanard beating two subsequent winners in Master Of Tara and Chosen Path. He made a creditable debut under rules at Chepstow in flat contest over the minimum trip (went off 11/8 favourite and Barry Geraghty made the trip for the single ride) and today he’s having his first start over timbers back up to winning distance. McManus’ charge is really well bred by Flemensfirth out the King’s Theatre’s dam and is related to plenty of hurdle/chase winners, should improve.
3:05 Carlos Du Fruitier 100/30 Paddy Power Coral Betfred 7/2 Betfair It was a very eye-catching performance the one Carlos Du Fruitier delivered last time out when very well backed in much more competitive class 3 event than today’s contest (we had the winner in that race -Value At Risk). Held at the back of the pack and not always fluent in his jumping technique, he made some significant ground travelling apparently still well when fell 3 out. Already an impressive bumper winner last term on deep terrain, he was clearly held in high regarded by trainer Pauling as he was sent to Aintree’s Grand National meeting for his final outing in that division. After a creditable debut over timbers at Wetherby, won a decent Doncaster Novice when again very well supported at the early exchanges. Looking at his profile he seems one of those long term projects from this trainer: he is gradually improving with racing experience and he is the only runner on the card for the yard today.