The ground at Ayr for Tuesday’s meeting is ever worsening and is now officially described as heavy. As it was soft when the declarations were made, you may need to reassess your selections for this competitive meeting. You will now be on the lookout for some mudlarks and we’ve picked out four horses that have proven records on extreme going and should relish the underfoot conditions.
Desaray Girl is two from four on heavy ground and has competed in races of a much higher grade in three of those starts. She won a Listed Novices’ Hurdle at Haydock back in 2019 and wasn’t disgraced in a race of the same grade last January. It’s a concern that she’s yet to win since that race at Haydock. However, she finds herself on a mark of 99 in the lowest class of race with underfoot conditions to suit for the first time since contesting Listed events and she looks to have a great chance of returning to winning ways.
Knocknamona has an impressive record in testing conditions and should relish the heavy ground which he will encounter. This veteran gelding has won or finished second in seven of his fourteen starts on heavy and looks to be in good form as he won last time out. An 8lb rise for that victory seems a little harsh but he should cope with the conditions better than most of his rivals which will stand him in good stead for his attempt to make it two in a row.
Ardera Cross is another veteran whose impressive record on heavy ground should prepare him well for the task at hand. He is six from twelve on heavy which bodes well for his attempt to follow up on his win last time out. He has a 3lb rise to contend with but with the trip and going the same as they were when he won last month, he should be capable of coping with that.
Green Vault is of significant interest. He looks like a progressive horse and one to be on the right side of. This gelding has only had six career starts under rules and is chasing a hat-trick having won his last two starts comfortably. He has a 100 per cent record under rules on heavy ground having won at Ayr two starts ago and a Punchestown bumper. It is doubtful that his mark of 113 is the extent of his ability and he should improve again.
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