Monday 2 October 2017

4.00 Ayr, Tuesday, October 3

All the races at Ayr on Tuesday will be run on the hurdle course, but that shouldn’t stop Brandon Castle from cocking a snook at the handicapper in the William Hill Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap (4.00). The Dylan Thomas gelding has been a revelation since joining Archie Watson in July, winning four of his five starts for his new yard, and readily defied a 10lb rise in the weights when making all to win by 15 lengths, unchallenged, at Chester on Saturday. He’d won his previous start at Catterick by 11 lengths in similar fashion and, in his current mood, should make light of a 6lb penalty. Testing conditions clearly hold no terrors for the five-year-old and, even dropping back slightly in distance under the welter burden of 10st 6lb, it will be bitterly disappointing if he cannot make it 3-3 under Andrew Mullen. Unfortunately, Brandon Castle hasn’t escaped the notice of the bookmakers, but the even money available from Paddy Power in the very early prices seems fair enough.

Selection: Ayr 4.00 Brandon Castle to win    even money

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