Ayr Betting Tips
LONE STAR got off the mark at Newcastle in December and then, after a 7lb rise in the weights, arguably ran a better race in defeat when runner-up at Market Rasen last week. Lone Star gave her all at Market Rasen but was unlucky to bump into a progressive rival who was completing a hat-trick and has won again since. She is able to run off the same mark here as she did at Market Rasen and she holds major claims.
STORM TIGER, a winner on his sole start in points, failed to strike over hurdles but he caught the eye when running on well into fifth at Wetherby last month. That was an encouraging effort and it would be little surprise to see him build on that promise now going chasing as he has the physique to do well over fences.
HALONDO has shown run-by-run progress over hurdles and shaped nicely when runner-up in a two-mile maiden hurdle here last time, finding only a short-priced Irish raider too strong. Halondo stuck to his task well after being headed early in the straight, rallying to regain second close home, and the way he boxed on suggests he should appreciate this step up in trip to an extended two and a half miles. A tongue tie is fitted for the first time.
WHEELBAHRI enjoyed a terrific campaign last term, rattling off a four-timer, and he has been in good form this season, registering back-to-back victories at Kelso towards the end of 2022. Wheelbahri displayed all his best qualities at Kelso last time, jumping well, racing with zest and proving game under pressure, and he ought to launch another bold bid as he attempts to make it seven wins from his last nine starts.
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LEOSTAR missed all of last season but he finished an encouraging third on his chasing debut on his return at Kelso in November, suggesting he retains most of his ability. He was disappointing over fences back at Kelso the following month, but he took a step back in the right direction over hurdles at the same venue last time, finishing seventh but shaping better than the result would suggest in a race run at a good gallop on extremely testing ground. The handicapper has eased Leostar another 3 lb so he is now 6 lb below his last winning mark, and he could be worth chancing.
MISTER BELLS made no impact in a much better race at Haydock last time, but he had run creditably when hitting the frame at Newcastle and Sedgefield on his first couple of starts for Micky Hammond (was previously trained in Ireland by Paul Nolan). Mister Bells’s mark has continued to ease, he contests an easier race here in which plenty have something to prove and Brian Hughes is an eye-catching jockey booking, so he is worth siding with.
LUNAR DISCOVERY posted an impressive victory in a Hexham bumper on her debut in May and she had no problem defying a penalty in good style on her return to action at Wetherby in November, impressing with how smoothly she travelled through that contest. Lunar Discovery has to concede weight all around here but she’s made a highly promising start to her career and looks up to completing the hat-trick.
Ayr Betting Tips
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