We’re back in action this evening with Red Missile and Engles Rock lining up on the Flat at Ayr followed by five runners at Perth tomorrow and Prince Dundee at Hexham on Sunday.
Red Missile gets us underway at Ayr, returning to the Flat after a wind operation. We’ve also fitted him with a first-time tongue tie with the run hopefully getting him back on track after he finished down the field over hurdles at Kelso last time. Engles Rock hasn’t had the rub of the green on her last two starts, but she is now 1lb lower than when winning at Newcastle back in January and has the added benefit of Ryan Sexton taking a further 5lb off her back.
Fingers crossed we have a few good chances at Perth tomorrow, with Maifalki likely to feature amongst the market leaders in the 2m maiden hurdle. Runner-up in a similar event on his debut for the yard at Ayr last month, we expect him to improve with that experience under his belt and run a big race. Castletown has been running well of late and is another who should go close in the 3m novices’ handicap chase, likewise Lucky Flight, who bids to follow up his Market Rasen win on Easter Sunday in the 2m handicap chase.
Our other two runners at Perth, Celtic Flames and Emirat de Catana, both need to bounce back from a couple of below-par efforts, but both are running over a course and distance where they have won previously and they are handicapped to run well if returning to form.
Prince Dundee simply loves Hexham and returns to his favourite stomping ground on Sunday for the 3m handicap chase. Runner-up over course and distance a couple of weeks ago, this is a relatively quick turnaround, but provided he copes sufficiently, he looks to have every chance of getting in the money once again.
Lucinda Russell Racing