ECHO POINT caught the eye over course and distance last time out and is taken to land this competitive handicap at the expense of Risk Runner and Warsaw Pact. The selection finished second to Kempski off a three pound lower mark last time out and in the mean time putting a couple of poor performances behind him. The one question mark would be the ground conditions as his best form all appears to be with a decent cut in the ground. That said the clerk of the course at Ayr has promised to throw on as much water as he can to produce a decent playing surface and any over night rain would be welcome to enhance his chances. Risk Runner has nine more pounds to deal with after his recent success at Newcastle. That said he did appreciate the quicker ground conditions that day so with conditions to suit he would have to be added to the short list. Warsaw Pact won back to back races at Chepstow and Wetherby before failing to win off a mark of 132 at Fontwell last time out. He has been dropped one pound today and his trainer is very much in form at present so he should be monitored in the betting market. However for the winner we return to Echo Point.
The Polomoche (IRE) 10-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, lost place 6th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Sunnyhillboy (11-0) at Aintree 2m 4f Listed hcp hdl (1) gd, 22 ran.
Middleton Dene (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 5th, chasing leaders after 2 out, weakened last, 9th of 22, 19l behind Kayf Aramis (10-5) at Cheltenham 3m lstd hcp hdl (1) gs in Mar.
Working Title (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, headway 3 out, ridden to chase leaders next, weakened before last, 21st of 27, 44l behind American Trilogy (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl G3 (1) gs in Mar.
Warsaw Pact (IRE) 4-1 (10-4) Prominent, ridden and effort approaching 2 out, stayed on one pace, 4th of 7, 12l behind Hills Of Aran (11-8) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gd in Mar.
Caracciola (GER) 16-1 (11-2) Mid-division, hit 5th, headway after next, ridden after 3 out, weakened after 2 out, 13th of 23, 45l behind Andytown (11-2) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp (2) gs in Mar.
Brave Rebellion 8-1 (11-11) Held up, ridden 7th, moderate 3rd when refused last, in a race won by Ela Re (10-13) at Haydock 2m 5f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Mar, 8 ran.
Echo Point (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) In touch, tracked winner 5th, challenged 3 out, kept on and every chance, held flat, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Kempski (10-13) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Mar.
Halla San 8-1 (11-2) Always behind, weakened 4 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Laredo Sound (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Jan, 13 ran.
Risk Runner (IRE) 22-1 (10-13) Behind, steady headway 3 out, led last, driven and stayed on well flat, won at Newcastle 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Mar beating Gunner Jack (11-12) by 3 1/2l, 14 ran.
Nevertika (FR) 16-1 (10-13) In touch, ridden after 3 out, weakened next, 8th of 14, 16l behind Oscardeal (10-5) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gs in Feb.
Nikos Extra (FR) 5-1 (11-7) Held up and off the pace, blundered 3 out, moderate 4th and ridden before 2 out, no impression, 4th of 12, 16l behind Earth Dream (9-12) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Mar.
Leac An Scail (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, mistake 2nd, tracked winner before 8th until approaching 2 out, soon weakened, 6th of 15, 17l behind Snake Charmer (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-150 (2) gs in Mar.
The Shy Man (IRE) 5-1 (11-3) Mid-division, pushed along halfway, outpaced after 2 out, rallied approaching last, stayed on to go 2nd flat, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Percussionist (11-0) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd.
Description (IRE) 85-40fav (11-4) Tracked leaders, headway to lead 2 out, driven and kept on flat, won at Kelso 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Mar beating I'm Delilah (11-0) by 1l, 11 ran.