Trainer Michael Dods has his two-year-olds in excellent form and Grinty could provide him with another juvenile winner at Ayr.
Paul Mulrennan’s mount was still learning on his second start at Carlisle last time. He ran green and off the pace in the early stages but he made good headway approaching the final furlong and closed all the way to the line to take second late on.
He is open to further improvement with that experience under his belt, and based on the way he shaped there and his pedigree (dam won over nine and a half furlongs), the step up to this trip should be right up his street.
Richard Fahey won this race in 2010 and 2012 and his principal runner Private Matter looks a big contender this time around, though he shaped as though a step up in trip – rather than a drop back in trip – would suit him last time at Ripon over six furlongs.
With that in mind, the speedy Clem Fandango could be worth chancing for the in-form Keith Dalgleish team after she seemed to find six furlongs a stretch last time in the Lowther at York.
She has a big chance here on some of her previous form, however, including her second to Grizzel in a conditions race at Beverley and her third in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot. She is worth chancing now back at this more realistic level.