Angus McNae's top tips for Thursday: Follow the Light at 3-1

By Angus McNae
Wed 10 Oct 2018

Three out of four selections were winners last week and got us very much back on track. I have four more selections for you this week - three at Ayr and one at Bangor.

1.45 Bangor: Melekhov at 2-1

This dual bumper winner showed plenty of speed when winning on both occasions last term and this sharp track should play to his strengths as he makes his hurdling debut in what is a modest contest.

I was particularly impressed with his finishing effort when he won at Hexham, where he had been keen early on in the race yet still finished off the race strongly.

This sharp test will be ideal and under the guidance of Richard Johnson he has a tremendous chance of making a winning start over jumps.

2.35 Ayr: Hot Hannah at 7-2

This filly has at times looked far from straightforward, but she is doing little wrong at present and should go well here.

She did nothing wrong when second at Hamilton last time out behind Zig Zag Ziggy, finishing four lengths ahead of the third.

Hot Hannah travelled well there and knuckled down under pressure and in a similar grade here must go close.

Michael Dods has his horses in great form, so in a modest contest under ideal conditions Hot Hannah can win under Paula Muir and gain her third career success and her second at Ayr.

3.10 Ayr: Falmouth Light at 3-1

I was quite keen on Inexes in this race but I have been waiting for Falmouth Light to be switched to sprinting and this looks to be an ideal opportunity for him.

He travelled strongly here last time over seven furlongs but did not see the trip out.

Although he has won over 10 furlongs, which is in line with his pedigree being by Cape Cross, his main asset looks to be his speed and running over six furlongs for just the second time in his career should suit this keen-going gelding.

This could be a strongly run race, which will play to the strengths of Inexes, who is usually held up, but I just prefer Falmouth Light as an unexposed and well treated sprinter.

3.40 Ayr: Long Wood at 5-2

We don’t know a great deal about this gelding as he has had only three runs but he just could be very well treated making his handicap debut off a mark of 54.

He was eye-catching when being beaten just four lengths on his second start at the Curragh over seven furlongs and then failed to stay over a mile on his third start.

Irish trainer John James Feane has had three winners from his past seven runners and does particularly well with his raiders here.

I would not be surprised if this horse is well backed in a weak contest back at seven furlongs. Course specialist Redarna rates the main danger.

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