Another Elliott Ayr raid
Anita Chambers previews Monday's racing action and she's predicting more success at Ayr for Ireland's Gordon Elliott.
Gordon Elliott: Could have more glory at Ayr
AYR: 1.10 Fairlee Grey, 1.40 Whizzzey Rascal, 2.10 Lochnell, 2.45 Holeinthewall Bar, 3.15 Spoils Of War, 3.50 Station Closed.
PLUMPTON: 1.25 Not Never, 2.00 Triple Chief, 2.35 Ghost River, 3.05 Itoldyou, 3.40 Not Another Muddle, 4.10 Cafe Au Lait.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 1.50 Scotch Myst, 2.20 Draw Swords, 2.50 London, 3.25 Pivotman, 4.00 FAMOUS KID (NAP), 4.30 Persun, 5.00 Chandresh, 5.30 Topsoil.
DOUBLE: Famous Kid and Holeinthewall Bar.
Gordon Elliott has a healthy strike-rate with his runners at Ayr and Holeinthewall Bar can add to the figures at the Scottish circuit.
Certainly not one of Elliott's stars, the nine-year-old nevertheless suggested last time out that he is not far away from winning.
He finished second at Limerick over Christmas in testing ground so the likelihood of heavy going at Ayr will certainly pose no problems.
Despite being embroiled in a battle for the trainers' championship in Ireland, Elliott is still sending plenty of runners to Britain.
And, just like he used to do when a certain Sir Anthony McCoy was still riding, he has booked the champion jockey in Richard Johnson for the ride in the Racing UK Day Pass Just £10 Chase.
Johnson also seems to have strong claims in the Dawn Homes Zoopla People's Choice Award Handicap Hurdle with Lochnell.
A winner over course and distance in November, she has been second on her last two starts, proving she remains in decent nick.
Her run at Doncaster behind Two Swallows reads well and she was possibly given a bit too much to do when she ran here early in the new year.
Running off the same mark with the champion jockey on, she is worth another chance.
Gary Moore always likes a winner at Plumpton and his Not Another Muddle looks the one to beat in the EPDS Racing Welfare BTO Series 2017 Maiden Hurdle.
The six-year-old gelding ran a very pleasing race on his only appearance to date in a bumper at Fontwell in November 2015.
He has seemingly had an issue or two since then to not reappear until now, but he is still young enough to make a mark.
Second to Champagne George, who had the benefit of more experience and has since won over hurdles, he only went down by a length having looked the likely winner for most of the race.
He could feasibly have strengthened up during his time off and could be decent.
Famous Kid can make an instant impact on his return from a long lay-off in the Betway Conditions Stakes at Wolverhampton.
Saeed bin Suroor's charge has been on the sidelines since finishing third in a competitive heat at Meydan last February.
The six-year-old had looked set for a profitable spell in Dubai after beating fellow Godolphin runner Anglophile by six lengths at Chelmsford in November 2015, before finding subsequent Listed winner Moonrise Landing too good at Wolverhampton in December that year.
Shipped to Dubai, his third behind Battersea promised much but something clearly went amiss after that.
The fact Godolphin are prepared to persevere is a good sign and having won off a break before, Famous Kid could be ready to make a perfect return.
Persun is an interesting newcomer to the all-weather in the Betway Middle Handicap.
Mick Channon's runner is aiming to snap a long losing spell that stretches back to 2015, when she won two races on the bounce in August and September.
The Sir Percy mare has been off the track since claiming second place at Newmarket in October and has some nice bits of form in the book that make her worth a small interest.
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