More quantity than quality again today. After yesterday’s narrow defeat we will head north of the border to get this week and this month kick started.
A few years ago the consistent Monsieur Bond was always one to look out for at the highest level when the mud was flying. Despite being only decent on the track he has made for a surprisingly decent sire since retirement, and his progeny show the same liking for the mud.
Billy Bond struggled for a long time to get his head in front, and when he did it was on the dirt at Southwell, a deep surface that suits soft ground lovers. It would be hard to describe him as progressive as it took until last time at Carlisle to record his second win in a 36 run career.
However, that runaway win came on heavy ground after a season toiling on faster surfaces had seen his mark fall from a season starting 65 to his then rating of 55. Even with a 5lb rise, he still therefore looks well in. The surface here is officially soft, but given the Ayr Gold Cup meeting was called off only 10 days ago, there must be a chance it will be pretty gruelling.
Can he win two in a row now after such a low strike-rate? Well trainer Richard Fahey has chosen his target wisely, and this apprentice race teams him up with the very useful Sebastian Woods and his valuable 5lb claim bringing him back to that 55 mark off which he was so impressive last time.
Recommendation: Billy Bond, (1705 Ayr), 1pt win, 3/1 generally available
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