Talking Horses: Mixboy should make short work of Ayr’s heavy ground

Talking Horses: Mixboy should make short work of Ayr’s heavy ground

The last month of Ayr ??s season on the level has been blighted by the weather, but its final Flat meeting of 2017 has survived an inspection this morning despite soaking up 7.5mm of rain overnight.

As with the last meeting here, the seven races will be run on the hurdles course while the track ??s executives try to work out what to do about the patch of ground two furlongs out on the straight track which refused to drain before the Western meeting, and forced the abandonment of all three days of its most valuable fixture. As a result, there are no sprints on the schedule and the heavy ground will make for a gruelling test, not least in the stayers ?? events towards the end of the card.

That should not be a problem for Mixboy (4.40), however, as Keith Dalgleish ??s grey was a winner over hurdles on heavy ground back in December 2015 before notching three wins over fences during the 2016-17 jumps season.

The 13th start of Mixboy ??s career was a belated debut on the level at Ripon a fortnight ago, and he coped well with heavy ground there as well on the way to a three-and-a-half-length success. An opening mark of 78 looks very workable for a horse that raced off 140 in the Close Brothers Novice Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March and he is a decent price at around 100-30 in a race that does not have much depth.

Ingleby Angel (2.30) was rated 98 when he left David O ??Meara ??s yard in the autumn of 2015 and rejoined the stable last month racing off 59. He has shown distinct signs of a return to form in his two starts since and has actually dropped a couple of pounds in the weights after finishing a good third at Ayr nine days ago. He is also a course-and-distance winner on heavy ground and looks very solid today at around 11-4.

Valley Of Light (7.45) showed plenty of promise first time up while also looking sure to improve significantly for the experience and should get off the mark at Chelmsford City this evening, while Knight Commander (9.15) is another with an obvious chance in the final race on the same card.

Enniscoffey Oscar (2.10) and If The Cap Fits both ran well in a valuable bumper at the Grand National meeting in April and make their hurdling debuts in the same race at Exeter this afternoon, while Dusky Legend (1.50), third home behind Let ??s Dance and Barra in the Mares ?? Novice Hurdle at the Festival in March, has her first start over fences in the opener at Worcester.

2.00 Soldier ??s Minute

2.30 Ingleby Angel

3.05 Green Howard

3.35 Jay Kay

4.05 Druid ??s Diamond

4.40 Mixboy (nap)

5.10 Bo Bridget

2.10 Enniscoffey Oscar

2.45 Good Man Pat

3.15 Pengo ??s Boy

3.45 Triple Chief

4.20 Wotzizname

4.50 Minella Treasure

5.20 Sandy Cove

1.50 Dusky Legend

2.20 Lambeau Field

2.55 Cereal Killer

3.25 Shoal Bay

3.55 Counter Shy

4.30 Kings Ryde

5.00 Sissinghurst

5.30 State The Obvious

5.45 Alaska

6.15 Pretty Baby

6.45 Rua Augusta

7.15 Boynton

7.45 Valley Of Light (nb)

8.15 Master Of Heaven

8.45 The Juggler

9.15 Knight Commander

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