Racing fans are in for a treat on Thursday, with no fewer than seven meetings to enjoy across the UK and Ireland.
Ayr’s six-race meeting is the last card to get underway on Thursday, with the opening contest due to start at 6.12. Barring a dramatic change in the weather, the going is expected to be good for the card, with the meeting set to run until 8.42.
Betfred’s “Extra Place” promotion is available in two races, with readers able to take advantage in the opener at 6.12, as well as the London Essence Co Handicap at 8.12.
7.42 – Novak @ 3/1
Trainer Iain Jardine has worked his magic recently with Novak, with the four-year-old winning three in a row.
Novak is in the form of his life at the minute and connections have no doubt enjoyed themselves this summer. Jardine’s gelding has raced nine times since the turn of the year and the consistency has been commendable.
He has only finished outside the top four once and he has also finished second on four occasions.
One of those runner-up finishes came at Ayr, but Novak has since won at the Scottish track on two occasions. Those wins came either side of a victory at Hamilton and even though he was hit by a 3lb rise recently, recent performances have suggested there could be more to come.
8.12 – Jkr Cobbler @ 4/5
Jardine and his team have been in fine fettle of late and it is not just Novak that has caught the eye. Jkr Cobbler is also looking for a fourth-straight victory on Thursday and, more importantly, all three previous wins have come at Ayr.
While Retirement Beckons and Hostelry pose a serious threat, it is hard to ignore the form of Jardine’s stable at the minute.
After the latest win in Scotland, Jkr Cobbler has been given a 5lb penalty, but a step up to one mile may bring even more out of him.
8.42 – Tremendous Times @ 2/1
From veteran winners to maidens now, but we have hope that Tremendous Times can prevail in the finale at 8.42.
Michael Dods’ runner was gelded in the autumn, but he has yet to reward connections with a victory.
Back-to-back runners-up finishes came either side of a poor run at Haydock, but he has shown some of the best form in the field ahead of Thursday’s run.
With his rivals having more to prove, Tremendous Times can land the spoils and finally shed that maiden tag.