Paul Ferguson has one selection for us on Monday; Final Assault in the Ayr 1.15. Compare odds and bet.
There are a couple of interesting runners in the National Hunt maiden hurdle at Ayr on Monday, with Donald McCain’s debutant Kings Bandit worth noting, though the son of King’s Theatre needs to learn to settle better than he did in his bumpers.
Runners from the Stuart Crawford yard are always respected at the northern tracks and McLovin has shown enough to suggest he can win a race such as this, but so, too, has Final Assault (1:15) who can score for Lucinda Russell and Peter Buchanan.
Rated just 110, there is a maiden in him before he is switched to handicaps and the Beneficial gelding should appreciate returning to a more galloping track than Musselburgh, where he finished a decent second last time out.
Prior to that he finished fourth here and filled the same spot in a decent heat at Newcastle, won by Nicky Henderson’s imposing Full Shift. The five-year-old might ideally want better ground, but he can get away with it in this company.
1:15 Ayr: Final Assault; 11/8 Stan James
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