Today's racecards

Ayr

  • 15:20 John Smith's Extra Smooth Handicap1m 7f

  • Winner £5,608 2nd £1,679 3rd £840 4th £420
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 3m 40.20s
  • Off time: 15:20:26
15:20 Ayr Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Lady Bluesky 7/2
2nd Bollin Judith 11/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (9) 236110 Black and Orange (quartered), Yellow sleeves, Black spots, Yellow cap, Black spots Royal Trooper (IRE) 14
Nag meDistance Winner
4 10-0 J G Given P Mulrennan 79 6/17.00
2 (3) 21821 Dark Blue, Orange disc, quartered cap Royal Swain (IRE) 25
Nag me
4 9-13 G A Swinbank P McDonald 78 4/15.00
3 (2) 892112 RED, WHITE spots, WHITE sleeves, RED seams, RED and WHITE striped cap Pertemps Networks 21
Nag meCourse Winner
6 9-10 M W Easterby G Gibbons 75 11/26.50
5 (7) 7001-72 PINK and PURPLE diamonds, PINK sleeves and cap Sphinx (FR) 21
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
12 9-8 b E W Tuer P Makin 73 3/14.00
6 (8) 413634 Red, White sleeves, Black and Yellow quartered cap Bollin Judith 12
Nag me
4 9-2 t T D Easterby D Allan 67 11/26.50
7 (1) 6-94141 Purple, Yellow spots, armlets and spots on cap Lady Bluesky 25
Nag me
7 8-13 A C Whillans A Mullen 64 7/24.50
Non runners
4 (5)3237Royal Riviera49-9J GaskNon Runner74
8 (4)544265Tillietudlem (FR)48-12J S GoldieJ Fanning63
9 (6)872132Hong Kong Island (IRE)38-5A G FosterS De Sousa65

Verdict

Royal Riviera won a bumper on heavy ground at Wetherby on debut last year but has shown little since then to merit backing him. Royal Trooper was disappointing in the Cesarewitch but was in good form prior to that run and is worth including in calculations. However, he has never won from a mark this high and the tentative vote goes to SPHINX who won this race last year and is proven on heavy ground. He was given a similar preparation run at York last season and looks primed to put in a big race here. Pertemps Networks is in form but may just be in the grasp of the handicapper now, whilst Lady Bluesky is a big threat to the selection only 4lb higher after winning well at Catterick. Hong Kong Island and Royal Swain are others to consider in a competitive race.