It’s a long way, literally and figuratively, from Ayr on Monday to Ascot on Tuesday, but Ingleby Hollow has returned from an abortive spell over hurdles earlier in the year in decent form and may be capable of giving us some ammunition for bigger, better events later in the week. The Ayrshire Cancer Support Here To Help Handicap (4.45) shouldn’t take a great deal of winning, with the redoubtable, but ten-year-old, Wor Lass apparently the pick of the opposition.
Although he’s been raised 3lb for finishing second at Doncaster last month, Ingleby Hollow should be suited by stepping back to 1 mile 5 furlongs and is reunited with Daniel Tudhope, who won on him on his penultimate start. The form of that win has been franked by the second, Allfredandnobell, who won over hurdles at Cartmel next time, while his Doncaster conqueror Framley Garth followed up, off a 6lb higher mark, in a 0-80 contest at York last Friday. In fact, the Doncaster race has worked out very well indeed, with the third, Weather Front, also winning next time.
Consequently, the weight rise looks more than justified and, with winning form on going ranging from the prevailing good to firm to soft, Ingleby Hollow should give us a run for our money whatever the weather in South Ayrshire. All of his opponents are fully exposed and trainer David O’Meara appears to have found him an excellent ooportunity to regain the winning thread.
Selection: Ayr 4.45 Ingleby Hollow to win 5/2