Shamayoun is in good heart at present and he can take the scalps of Bold Fire and Royal's Darling. Charlie Egerton's charge took some time to come to hand but he looks an impressive recruit and connections are taking no chances with Tony McCoy booked. Bold Fire has all the fillies allowances and is interesting. She finished seventh to our selection at Cheltenham and is clearly going the right way. Royals Darling is watched in the market. A good second to Detroit City, his stamina could be brought into play here at Ayr. Lerida pulled off a 50/1 shock at Musselburgh but would still need to find plenty in order to trouble the market principles. Shamayoun has the beating of the other market leaders on Cheltenham form and we shall seek not to oppose on Saturday.
Shamayoun (FR) 8-15fav (11-12) Led until mistake and headed 2nd, tracked leader after, led 5th, clear when hit next, ridden and in command when hung left approaching 2 out, stayed on well, won at Plumpton 2m 4yo nov hdl (4) gs beating Mac Federal (10-12) by 5l, 10.
Lerida 200-1 (11-0) Prominent, lost place quickly after 3rd, tailed off 4th pulled up 3 out in race won by Detroit City (11-0) at Aintree 2m nov hdl Grd 1 (1) gd, 13 ran.
Royals Darling (GER) 9-2fav (11-5) Mid-division, ridden approaching 3 out, soon weakened, 15th of 24, 43l behind Shamayoun (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m 4yo hcp hdl (1) gs in Mar.
Bold Fire 25-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway 3rd, ridden 2 out, weakened approaching last, 7th of 24, 16l behind Shamayoun (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m 4yo hcp hdl (1) gs in Mar.