Cool Crescendo can make a big noise at Ayr
Cool Crescendo must have a good chance in the Racing UK Nursery Handicap at Ayr today.
Trained by Rebecca Menzies, who is better known for handling jumpers, the Royal Applause filly showed little in three maidens.
However, making her handicap debut off a mark of 60 at Musselburgh earlier this month, she was only beaten in a photo finish.
The winner, Robinnielly, has subsequently just been touched off running off an 8lb higher mark in a much better race and is now rated 13lb higher than when beating the selection.
Cool Crescendo has a 3lb rise to overcome but given the exploits of the winner, that would not look insurmountable.
Ustinov went close on his debut for David O'Meara since leaving Brian Meehan and can defy top weight in the 4.25pm Handicap.
A smart juvenile, for one reason or another he completely lost his way under Meehan. That meant, though, that O'Meara was inheriting a well-handicapped horse and he was beaten just two lengths on his first outing for the yard.
With that under his belt he should prove hard to beat.
One horse who has tumbled down the weights this season is Mass Rally and while he has not been in great form of late, he has a real chance in the Western House Hotel Handicap.
Despite carrying top weight this is his easiest task for years.
He is now 10lb lower than at the start of the season and as he was beaten less than two lengths off 95 at Ripon and he can race off 88 here, his chance is obvious.
Sir Michael Stoute's Onda District may only have won a Newcastle maiden last time out he could not have been more impressive, meaning he has to be followed in the International Tube & Fittings 10th Anniversary Handicap at Wolverhampton.
His dam is a half-sister to Golan and Tartan Bearer so it is slightly disconcerting that he has already been gelded.
Down the field on his debut, he was second at Pontefract but beaten eight lengths by Sky Cape, whom he meets again.
Onda District looked more like the finished article at Gosforth Park and threatens to be even better over this extra furlong and a half, especially as he meets Sky Cape on 8lb better terms.
Lucinda Russell was among the winners last week and her Shine A Diamond should be on the premises in the Ladbrokes Handicap Chase at Southwell.
The seven-year-old won two races at around this time last year and while he might not be the most reliable proposition, at this time of year fitness counts for an awful lot.
He was beaten a fair distance when third last time out at Perth but this race looks a little easier.
John Ferguson is carrying all before him at present and his Golden Heritage will take all the beating in the David Bamlet's Birthday Celebration Maiden Hurdle at Sedgefield. He was still going well on his hurdling debut when he tipped up three out and compensation awaits.
SELECTIONS: AYR: 1.40 COOL CRESCENDO (NAP), 2.10 Dark Amber, 2.40 La Bacouetteuse, 3.15 Granola, 3.50 Call Me Crockett, 4.25 Ustinov, 5.00 Mass Rally, 5.30 Ingleby Spring.
FAIRYHOUSE: 2.15 Paytheprice, 2.45 Fair Game, 3.20 Vitello, 3.55 Time For Art, 4.30 Saga Bolton, 5.05 Spin Point, 5.35 Valac.
SEDGEFIELD: 2.00 Craigdancer, 2.30 Golden Heritage, 3.05 Sendiym, 3.40 Drifter, 4.15 Bob's Call, 4.50 Absolute Angel.
SOUTHWELL: 2.20 Youm Jamil, 2.5 Boss In Boots, 3.30 Pattara, 4.05 The Big Dipper, 4.40 Francis Of Assisi, 5.10 Kayla.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.40 You're Cool, 6.10 Theos Lolly, 6.40 Onda District, 7.10 Gameplay, 7.40 New Stream, 8.10 Dubai Fashion, 8.40 Sakhra, 9.10 Rum Swizzle.
DOUBLE: Cool Crescendo and Mass Rally.