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Merry Banter can give punters something to talk about after the totetrifecta Handicap at Ayr. (stock photo)
Merry Banter can give punters something to talk about after the totetrifecta Handicap at Ayr. (stock photo)

By Keith Hamer

Merry Banter can give punters something to talk about after the totetrifecta Handicap at Ayr.

Trained by sprint specialist Paul Midgley, the five-year-old tackled Listed company last time out and was far from disgraced when beaten only two and a quarter lengths when fifth to Rebecca Rocks after making most of the running. The handicapper had dropped her 2lb since the start of the season and has left her on a mark of 83, which Merry Banter should be able to exploit in this lesser company.

The Richard Fahey-trained Saint Of Katowice shaped pleasingly when third on his debut at Redcar last month and can reap the benefit of that experience in the toteplacepot EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes.

Dark Shadow can hit the limelight and record a second success at Windsor this season by lifting the Download The Marathon App Handicap for Clive Cox.

Cox has every chance of a winner earlier on the card, too, with Irish Acclaim looking a leading player in the Marathonbet "Better Odds Mean Bigger Winnings" EBF Novice Stakes.

The Acclamation youngster made his debut over course and distance last month, and showed promise in his third to Knight Shield.

SELECTIONS:

AYR: 2.00 Saint Of Katowice, 2.30 Perfect Swiss, 3.00 Warning Fire, 3.30 MERRY BANTER (NAP), 4.00 Employer, 4.30 Lever Du Soleil, 5.00 Milton Road, 5.30 Darwina.

RIPON: 6.40 Under The Stars, 7.10 Ascot Week, 7.40 Calling The Wind, 8.10 King's Pavilion, 8.40 Montalvan, 9.10 Stagehand.

ROSCOMMON: 6.00 Kells, 6.30 Galtee Mist, 7.00 Very Smart, 7.30 Timemakesitfine, 8.00 Defining Battle, 8.30 Masaff, 9.00 Smart Living.

WINDSOR: 5.50 Global Hope, 6.20 Irish Acclaim, 6.50 Patchouli, 7.20 Dark Shadow, 7.50 Magic Shuffle, 8.20 Waterfront, 8.50 Alnadir.

WORCESTER: 2.15 The Manuscript, 2.45 Al Shahir, 3.15 All About You, 3.45 Boomarang, 4.15 Line Of Beauty, 4.45 Haafapiece, 5.15 Jen's Boy.

DOUBLE: Merry Banter and Dark Shadow.

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