A very competitive sprint handicap in which Paddy is paying 4 places, but the easy ground will really suit Flying Pursuit who has some excellent course form. He was third in the 2018 Ayr Gold Cup off a mark of 100 and was fifth in the consolation edition of that race last year, off a mark of 87.
He has also won and finished second from three other course starts.
Flying Pursuit finds himself off a mark of 85 here and that is 18lbs lower than the mark be started last season from. He had a run at Newcastle a few weeks ago, which should have him spot on for this.
He is too well handicapped to ignore.
El Naseri ran like the run was needed on reappearance at Haydock last month. He was placed in his three starts in maidens last season, all over seven furlongs, including at Ayr when narrowly beaten by the now 87 rated Gravity Force. At the time of his Haydock run, his trainer Michael Dods’ horses were needing the run and now he has his horses in flying form, with seven wins in the last two weeks.
El Naseri has been dropped 2lbs to a mark of 76 and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him run a massive race here.
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