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Mina Velour made her reappearance at Haydock in the middle of July.  (stock photo)

Mina Velour made her reappearance at Haydock in the middle of July. (stock photo)

Mina Velour made her reappearance at Haydock in the middle of July. (stock photo)

Mina Velour can put her best foot forward in the Jordan Electrics Handicap at Ayr.

The four-year-old was previously trained by Bryan Smart, winning two of her five starts last year before switching to the care of Julie Camacho ahead of her first run in 2020.

Mina Velour made her reappearance at Haydock in the middle of July, lining up in a tricky-looking six-furlong heat on ground with a bit of cut, eventually finishing third, beaten a length and three-quarters.

The distance probably does not tell the whole story as she stumbled leaving the stalls and was a bit slow into her stride before just falling away a bit in the closing stages, on what was her first run since last August.

The winner, Treacherous, has since augmented the form by lifting the Stewards' Sprint at Goodwood and taking into account the fact Mina Velour should have sharpened up for that, she could be tough to beat.

Grandma can secure a first victory in the QTS Sponsor The Ayr Gold Cup Handicap.

The three-year-old has yet to strike in five outings, but she has shown some ability during those runs, not least when second at this track last time out.

Beaten three-quarters of a length, she was another runner who paid the price of a tardy start, keeping on well at the end after conceding ground from the stalls.

The handicapper has left her untouched on a mark of 52 and she looks well capable of scoring off such a perch.

Tombolo is another who can shed his maiden tag in the Microtech Odds On For It Support Handicap.

AYR: 2.10 Party Game, 2.40 MINA VELOUR (NAP), 3.10 Hachert, 3.40 Sienna Dream, 4.10 Yukon Mission, 4.40 Grandma, 5.10 Tombolo, 5.40 Indian Vision, 6.10 Royal Countess.

LINGFIELD: 4.05 Publicist, 4.35 Lethal Angel, 5.05 Nash Nasha, 5.35 Alezan, 6.05 Summit Fever, 6.35 Sweet Charity, 7.05 Quemonda, 7.35 Mersin, 8.05 Soramond.

NEWTON ABBOT: 1.15 Bob Pebble, 1.45 Pink Jazz, 2.20 Giga White, 2.50 Parody, 3.20 Roar, 3.50 For Good Measure, 4.25 Kiruna Peak, 4.55 Bravo Buddy.

SLIGO: 4.15 Sienna Rose, 4.45 Scalor, 5.20 Thebeatsbangher, 5.50 Crobally Boy, 6.20 Nero Rock, 6.50 Bua Boy, 7.20 The Sliding Rock.

WEXFORD: 1.00 Good Reception, 1.30 Kilmurry, 2.00 Oliver Hardy, 2.30 Arthur's Baby, 3.00 Braid Blue, 3.30 Woodbrook Boy, 4.00 Bective Cave.

DOUBLE: Mina Velour and Nash Nasha.

Belfast Telegraph