Ayr 4-20
Sirvino 5/2 15/8
Hillview Boy 3 7
Inspector Clouseau 7/2 7 BET 7 early
Shy Glance 13/2 7

The early prices have three the same at 7/1 but I had already decided on Inspector Clousseau as the ‘rules’ bet and do like his form. The RP has it ‘Only maiden win in 2007 to name but well treated on pick of efforts last year and shaped as though retaining plenty of ability (runner-up since won) on reappearance; drop back in trip will suit and interesting if allowed uncontested lead.’ I don’t see him getting an uncontested lead but his previous run looks good and shows he will have the stamina in the 3f straight. That was first time out and he should come on for the run. In addition, he has run well on a mark of 80 last year and is now on just 73.

The rest of the best racing is in the evening, including Conduit running at Sandown, but I prefer to get things out of the way and not hang around betting shops late (even in the afternoon) on the grounds that it is a sad thing to do :-) The better races are more attractive if one fancies oneself as a connoiseur of the turf, but it’s all the same bettingwise.

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Result

1st Sirvino 2-1 F
2nd Hillview Boy 4-1
3rd Shy Glance 7-1

Three of my rated horses filled the first three places. The one I backed managed to go backwards in the home straight, against hope or expectation. He did take the lead and seemingly without a major struggle but possibly went too fast – I envisage lone front runners being able to set the pace to their advantage, which didn’t occur here. The way he then faded was disappointing.

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