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FALCON CAN SWOOP; Eilean Mor to post one more victory for Hanagan.

Byline: Garry Owen

A VETERAN sprinter having his first try at seven furlongs may not seem the ideal foundation on which to build a strong case for the nap.

However, River Falcon (3.10) goes into today's race at Ayr with every chance of proving himself over the trip.

Jim Goldie's 10-year-old has been a great servant over the years, winning seven times, the last of them over six furlongs here three weeks ago under Paul Norton.

He failed to follow up over five furlongs at Hamilton four days later when outpaced early before running on strongly at the death.

The son of Pivotal has always liked to get his toe in and I hope it doesn't dry out too much at Ayr.

This will be his first run round a bend too, so look for his young jockey getting him tucked away and delivering him late.

It doesn't seem so long ago the old boy would not have seen today's opposition in his road. Off today's mark he can remind punters of the glory days.

Mr Goldie also holds an excellent chance in the nursery with Eilean Mor (2.40). The gelding has been improving with each start and he finished second on his handicap debut at Newcastle last time.

Champ in waiting Paul Hanagan is back in the plate and the step up to six furlongs should suit.

Prime Defender has been allotted top weight of 9st 10lb in the William Hill Gold Cup at Ayr on September 18.

Barry Hills' six-year-old won the Group Two Duke of York Stakes in May and was fourth in the Nunthorpe last week.

Stewards' Cup hero Evens And Odds (9st 5lb), International Stakes winner Castles In The Air (9st 4lb), the veteran Knot In Wood (9st 3lb) and last year's Ayr Gold Cup victor Jimmy Styles (9st 4lb) are others towards the head of the weights.

Great St Wilfrid scorer Damika (8st 13lb) and the Jim Goldietrained Hawkeyethenoo (8st 12lb) are others to catch the eye.

Ladbrokes: 10 Hawkeyethenoo, Poets Place, 12 Harry Patch, Jonny Mudball, Victoire De Lyphar, 14 Evens And Odds, Redford, 16 Signor Peltro, Tajneed, 20 bar.

Henry Candy's smart juvenile Dinkum Diamond could be aimed at the Listed Harry Roseberry Stakes at Ayr on September 17.

He ran a cracker when finishing seventh in the Nunthorpe at York after being badly hampered after just a furlong.

Snow Fairy has come out of her first defeat of the season in good heart - but no decision has yet been taken on whether she runs in the Ladbrokes St Leger.

Ed Dunlop's dual Oaks winner lost no caste in defeat when second to Midday in the Yorkshire equivalent on the Knavesmire. She's currently a 5-1 chance for the Leger.

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