JULY FINALE AT AYR

AYR Racecourse stages it fifth and final July meeting today (Monday) with a competitive seven race card.

The feature race is the Ayrshire Cancer Support Handicap over 1m 2f at 3.55pm and while only four runners go to post in this all are previous winners and it looks a tricky contest to work out.

Top weight is Baryshnikov from the David Barron yard in North Yorkshire and the mount of Connor Beasley. The five year-old won a similar level of race at Ripon last month and will be fancied to win again. He has tough opposition however in Tricorn from the Iain Jardine stable in Dumfriesshire who won four in a row earlier in the year including two at Ayr.

The line-up is completed by Hamilton winner Platinumcard, trained by Keith Dalgleish and Mark Johnston’s lightly raced King Zain.

The QTS Training Handicap over seven furlongs at 3.20pm sees Borders trainer Katie Scott bring Gweedore, the mount of Andrew Breslin, back to the course where he won three weeks ago. His main opponent once again appears to be Jim Goldie’s Global Humor who he touched off by a neck last time.

Another horse in the form of his life is Merricourt and he attempts to win for the third Monday in a row at Ayr when he lines up in the Hospitality At Ayr Racecourse handicap over a mile. Trainer Iain Jardine opts to run the five year-old under a penalty and Andrew Mullen takes the mount.

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