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1:25 QTS British Stallion Studs EBF Nursery Handicap

(Use Free Bet) Billy No Mates

The first race of the day at Ayr comes in the 1:25 QTS British Stallion Studs EBF Nursery Handicap, with plenty of interesting competitors in contention.

Michael Dods trains BILLY NO MATES who can seek a third win of the season here.

He won with plenty in hand when making a winning nursery debut last time out at Thirsk, he’s been upped 10lbs as a result but should be respected. 

2:00 William Hill supporting the fight against Parkinson’s Handicap

(Use Free Bet) Borodin 4/1

Next up, the 2:00 William Hill supporting the fight against Parkinson’s Handicap BORODIN has also won at Thirsk recently in a class 3 event and will be fancying another shot at victory in this latest appearance.

He’s now up in class, but he’s lightly raced and looks open to further improvement. Richard Fahey trains, Paul Hanagan rides. 

2:40 William Hill Ayr Silver Cup Handicap

(Use Free Bet) Holmeswood 10/1

The William Hill Ayr Silver Cup Handicap is another big handicap to work our way through, and HOLMESWOOD is our selection.

He was a beaten favourite at York last time, and the conditions may have overthrown him, yet he did still however power on to finish third.

Wasn’t seen to best effect - he is a course, and a distance winner and should be firmly in the picture. 

3:15 William Hill Firth of Clyde Stakes (Fillies) Group 3

(Use Free Bet) Queen of Bermuda 5/1

On ratings, QUEEN OF BERMUDA is surely the standout horse in this William Hill Firth of Clyde Stakes, a Group 3 contest over 6f.

William Haggas’ 2yo – another horse returning from a winless trip to France, did however finish a valiant second to Archie Watson’s Soldiers Call.

He has since boosted the form winning a valuable Group 2 in the Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster. Good ground would be ideal.

3:50 William Hill Ayr Gold Cup

( Use Free Bet) George Bowen 20/1

This heritage handicap looks wide open on paper, and the betting market will be a minefield, but GEORGE BOWEN looks the most attractive at a price.

Richard Fahey’s gelding finished a creditable fifth and sixth in the Stewards Cup at Glorious Goodwood and Wokingham stakes at Royal Ascot respectively. He bolted in his penultimate start in the Scottish Stewards Cup equivalent at Hamilton and usually makes the frame in these rules and conditions.

Sebastien Woods is in the saddle once more, and takes off a beneficial 5lbs. An unnamed bookmaker also laid a bet of £20,000 each way at 25/1 last month for this horse in this race.

4:25 William Hill Leading Racecourse Bookmaker Handicap

(Use £5 To Claim Offer) Collide

The red-hot Hugo Palmer-trained COLLIDE looks to be a really progressive type, in this William Hill Leading Racecourse Bookmaker Handicap.

An RPR of 105, he has scored with a combination of 12 lengths in his last two successes at Carlisle and Hamilton, and makes a big jump to a class two.

However he does look capable, and should handle the soft ground conditions.

5:00 Microtech Group Handicap

(Use Free Bet) Hajjam

The penultimate race of the day is the Microtech Group Handicap, and HAJJAM can return to winning ways assisted by the drop in class.

David O’Meara’s gelding looked to be out of his depth in a class 2 at Ascot last time, and returns to a class 3 where he much more success to his name.

He was a course and distance winner in May, when he beat Masham Star by a short head, and seeks the northern trainers’ second winner in the last fortnight.

5:35 Jordan Electrics Ltd Handicap

(Use Free Bet) Never Surrender

Finally, Saturday's day of racing at Ayr concludes with the 5:35 Jordan Electrics Ltd Handicap

NEVER SURRENDER is one of the confirmed runners and finished a creditable second on heavy ground at Haydock two weeks ago, and should be there or thereabouts on a better surface.

Charlie Hills is in good form at the moment, particularly with his sprinters, as he looks to convert one at the other end of the spectrum. The longest race of the day, could be one of the most hotly contested. 

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