SCOTTY BRAND HANDICAP STEEPLE CHASE – 3.15PM
DUKE OF NAVAN was a useful hurdler (rated 148) at his peak and has made a fair start over fences. He has run four times over fences and impressed on his chase debut before running a fair race at Cheltenham until falling at the last. He has bounced back to finish second on his next two starts and looks well handicapped for this. His yard is also in good form and they have a good record at Ayr having won with 9 of their last 23 runners there.
CORAL SCOTTISH GRAND NATIONAL HANDICAP STEEPLE – 3.45PM
This looks a very competitive race and several have chances, but one I am keen on is AMIGO. This race tends to go to horses that have run well last time out, are at the bottom of the weights and run up with the pace and he fits the bill. He was a fair horse in France and has shown glimpses of his ability over here, including a good second at Chepstow last year, where he finished well ahead of Hawkes Point who boosted the form when winning at Warwick. Last time out he was just denied by a well handicapped Carruthers at Newbury off a mark of 132 and he runs off 136 here which is fair, so he has every chance of running well at a big price. The other one I like is SEGO SUCCESS who is an improving novice that ran reasonably well in the four miler at Cheltenham. Connections rate him as a decent prospect and with a weight of just 10-5, he has been given a chance. He looks all about stamina and is capable of more improvement than most, so he is one that I want to keep on my side.