Silver Tassie on another Ayr raid
The Howard family’s classy nine year old Silver Tassie has his second run of the season in tomorrow’s three mile Challenger qualifier at Ayr (3.10), where he’ll carry top weight.
Silver Tassie was well beaten on his return at Carlisle last month when he bled from the nose, obviously that’s a concern but he’ll be fitter for that outing and we’ve got our fingers crossed that he gives his true running.
He won convincingly off 6lbs lower over this course and distance back in March and followed that up with a good third to the high class pair Yala Enki and Seldom Inn at Kelso off his current mark, he’ll be well suited by the soft ground and any more rain wouldn’t go amiss either. He was well beaten in this last year, but that was without the benefit of a previous run and all being well he’ll give a good account in what looks a very useful affair. Joe Colliver will ride.
No No Mac is closely matched with Silver Tassie based on that March race and is back on a winning mark, while February’s Eider runner up Knockanrawley travels a long way for his seasonal debut and Grandads Horse has his first run for Jennie Candlish after a long absence but is thrown in if he retains his ability.
Gold Opera steps up in trip after winning twice over two and a half miles in the spring but Brian Hughes, who partnered him in both of those races, switches to the least exposed runner in the field, the ex French Catamaran Du Seuil. Dr Richard Newland’s five year old has plenty of form on very soft ground and it’s hard to tell how good he could be.
Good luck to Silver Tassie and Joe, and also to our conditional Fin O’Toole, who has a couple of fancied rides on the card for Brompton-on-Swale based Sharon Watt.