RACING makes its long-anticipated return in Scotland on Monday with a decent card at Ayr.
The feature is a Listed sprint over the five furlongs for fillies, with 12 runners set to go to post. Our man Callum Jamieson takes a closer look.
Trainer Michael Dods appears to hold the key to this competitive sprint, with his pair of runners looking clear of the rest on paper.
Que Amoro opened up as favourite when the race was priced-up, but it is stablemate QUEENS GIFT who I prefer.
The fancy has had the benefit of a run this year, having finished fifth to the impressive Far Above in Group 3 company at Newmarket.
She was never in a position to strike there, but saw out it out well from a poor draw.
She is a year older than her market rival and stablemate, but there should be more to come still. Dods is great at bringing these older mares on in sprint company.
And her form behind Equilateral and Judicial last season reads well at this level.
The market may prefer Que Amoro as she is less exposed, but I’d rather stick with the race-fit rival.
The Mark Johnston team continue to fire in winners up and down the land and their Mrs Bouquet gets a few pounds of the majority of her rivals.
She ran no race on her return but cannot be judged on that and she’s exactly the type the Middleham maestro will bring forwards this year. Don’t rule her out.
Robert Cowell’s Ishvara produced a career best on handicap company at Haydock but needs plenty more again and she may have place claims at best.
Of those at bigger prices, Fozzy Stack’s American Lady has to be of interest. She will have a big fitness edge on the majority of these and her fourth at Naas last time out gives her claims. The Irish raider would not be here for a day out.
There should be plenty of pace on and Merry Banter will be firing her usual trail. She has a lot to make up on the ratings but if given an easy enough time, should not be ignored at big odds.
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