This is a little bit speculative, with Glenamoy Lad the outsider of the field in this extended 5f sprint but there are reasons for thinking that he is no back number.
A very useful sprinter for Michael Wingham, he won twice at Newmarket and once at Newcastle in 2017 and was very unlucky in the 2018 edition of the Stewards Cup, when getting no luck in the run and only being beaten three lengths. He would have gone very close with a clear run that day off a mark of 95 and just two starts later, he won at Newcastle off 93.
A trip to Dubai last year didn’t work out and he lost his way a little after that, but did show some form when placed at Newcastle earlier this year off marks of 87 & 86. He is now down to a mark of 84 and this is just his second start for Jennie Candlish, who runs a shrewd operation. Rossa Ryan has a 21 per cent strike rate when riding for Candlish and the visor goes on for the first time.
Hopefully, he gets a strong pace to aim at and if he does he will be rattling home late in the day.
Eagle’s Realm is a half brother to Grop 3 winner Regal Reality and showed he had a bit of ability himself when third on debut at Wolverhampton. He was behind the Coventry Stakes fourth, Dark Lion, that day and the fact that he went off a 40/1 shot suggests the run was badly needed.
He should improve plenty for that run and the Mark Prescott yard is one of the hottest around at the moment, operating at a 44 per cent win rate in the past two weeks. Prescott is also 27 per cent with his juvenile runners in Ayr and everything points to a big run for Eagle’s Realm today.
Prescott might be able to double up at Ayr with Glen Force who sets a high standard for the rest of the field to rise to. Placed on his first two starts in novice events at Newcastle, he was a little unlucky not to get off the mark on his handicap debut at Haydock in early June off a mark of 79. His next start was on the turf at Lingfield and he was extremely unlucky not to win there, not getting a clear run until it was too late and he finished very strongly to finish second, beaten under a length.
He was raised to a mark of 84 for that and now drops back into maiden company and brings the best form to the table.
The rest will need to improve considerably to prevent Glen Force getting off the mark.
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