Take Command at Ayr

Dark Command has a good chance to finally end a maddening sequence of results at Ayr on Monday according to Chris Wilson.

Michael Dods could have a fine day at Ayr

AYR: 1.40 Equity, 2.10 Dark Command, 2.40 Rock On Bollinski, 3.15 Tres Coronas, 3.50 Munjally, 4.25 Goninodaethat, 5.00 Tiger Jim, 5.30 OSTEOPATHIC REMEDY (NAP).

FAIRYHOUSE: 2.15 Miss Qatar, 2.45 Catch A Wave, 3.20 Born To Be, 3.55 Oor Jock, 4.30 Zauffaly, 5.05 Bishop Of Bling, 5.35 Snow Falcon.

SEDGEFIELD: 2.00 Mixboy, 2.30 Top Of The Glas, 3.05 Venue, 3.40 Safari Journey, 4.15 Theatre Act, 4.50 Irish Roe.

SOUTHWELL: 2.20 Unify, 2.55 Attimo, 3.30 Kamool, 4.05 Ballydague Lady, 4.40 Katie Gale, 5.10 Annamult.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.40 Stevie Brown, 6.10 Polymnia, 6.40 Whispering Soul, 7.10 Equal Point, 7.40 Be Perfect, 8.10 Best Laid Plans, 8.40 Livella Fella, 9.10 Zamastar.

DOUBLE: Osteopathic Remedy and Dark Command.

Dark Command has a good chance to finally end a maddening sequence of results when he rocks up at Ayr.

The three-year-old gelding has hit the frame seven times in 15 careers, yet he is annoyingly still a maiden.

There are, however, distinct pointers that all trespasses can be forgiven in the Racing UK Day Pass Just #10 Handicap.

Dark Command likes to get his toe in, so the prospect of easy enough ground in Scotland clearly bodes well.

He also has plenty of course experience, having twice finished in the money from four starts. But it is perhaps Michael Dods' decision to revert to six furlongs with the son of Kheleyf which is probably of most significance.

He has shown up reasonably well of late over seven and a mile, but Dark Command has just fallen short of getting his nose in front – though he has admittedly often been besieged by misfortune.

Moreover, the blinkers and an eyeshield should hopefully keep him on the straight and narrow in what is not a good race by any stretch of the imagination.

Dods could have a fine day at Ayr as the old boy Osteopathic Remedy is taken to do the business in the Racing UK.com/HD Training Series Apprentice Handicap.

The soft-ground-loving 12-year-old has not won for an age, but he is handicapped accordingly.

Osteopathic Remedy also demonstrated at Carlisle last time that the fires still flicker brightly after he chased home the nine-year-younger Jordan James.

The gelded son of Inchinor was fleetingly tapped for toe at the Cumbria circuit, which arguably cost him victory as the winner was only half a length ahead at the line.

Dods' inmate has gone up 2lb, but he is still rated considerably lower than when he last hit the target in August 2014.

These races are often settled by which apprentice rider has the most wherewithal, so it is reassuring to see Ebor-winning pilot Adam McNamara at the helm.

Whispering Soul looks as safe a play as anything on a workaday evening card at Wolverhampton.

The three-year-old filly had disappointed in two starts since she was transferred from Ann Duffield's yard after winning a Hamilton seller in June.

But it all came together over Wolverhampton's five furlongs a week and a half ago when she finished second to Kiringa, who looks a nice horse.

Whispering Soul is obviously no world-beater, but it was pleasing to see her finish off her race at Wolverhampton with a bit of fizz.

To that end, the step up to just shy of six furlongs looks a fairly cute piece of business ahead of division one of the FCL Global Forwarding Making Logistics Personal Handicap.

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