NICHOLAS T LOOKING FOR EIGHTH AYR WIN

THE traditional Glasgow Fair Raceday takes place at Ayr Racecourse today (Monday) with the seven race card including some tasty looking contests.

The feature race is the £30,000 Weddings At Western House Hotel Handicap and the six runners here have won 31 races between them and amassed more than £750,000 in prize-money.

Jim Goldie’s Nicholas T won the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle at the end of last month and with seven course wins under his belt he will take all the beating. Marie’s Diamond, trained by Mark Johnston and the mount of Ben Curtis won a Group 3 as a juvenile and has also Listed wins to his credit and he could give the Goldie horse most to do.

The opening race is the Longines Irish Champions Weekend EBF Restricted Maiden Fillies’ Stakes over seven furlongs has a field of five youngsters with the likely favourite Chelsea Annie from the Adrian Keatley yard in Yorkshire.

This filly was second over a furlong shorter at the track 15 days ago and will be fancied to go one better with Sam James riding although the Mark Johnston trained Turn Back Time, third at Brighton earlier in the month could prove a tricky opponent.

The Staycations At Western House Hotel Handicap over a mile looks an ultra-competitive contest and last week’s course and distance winner Merricourt is looking for a quick double for trainer Iain Jardine and jockey Andrew Mullen while bottom weight Flying Moon loves the track having won twice here and drops back to his last winning trip for Mike Smith and Paddy Mathers.

The Keith Dalgleish yard is in superb form and Mi Capricho is seeking a third successive course win for the Carluke trainer in the seven furlong handicap at 2.10pm.

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