Looks like Esoterica has been laid out; TRADING POST.
However, they were both over 6f (record of 0-9 at trips shorter than 7f) and he's much better judged on a couple of earlier starts this term, when he finished third in handicaps similar to the one he contests here.
Perhaps the main thing Esoterica has going for him is a terrific record over 7f and 1m at the course, his form figures reading 04423120110, and it could be significant that Goldie has resisted the urge to run the horse at the track this season, possibly in the hope that it really fires him up for this.
The ground is drying out all the time at Ayr and should be on the fast side of good, which is ideal, while out-andout front-runners Celtic Sultan and Zero Money are likely to ensure the pace is strong enough for a horse who stays further than 7f.
The upside of those recent runs over 6f is that Esoterica is back on a mark he's capable of taking advantage of, especially with Gary Bartley taking off another 3lb.
Even though Esoterica was only 11th at York 13 days ago, his jockey was notably easy on him throughout and that should have set him up nicely for a race that could have been his target for some time.
Lay of the day Parvaaz 5.50 Newmarket It's hard to knock a lightly raced colt who has won three of his last four, and there was a semblance of an excuse for that defeat as he didn't enjoy the best of runs when only sixth on the July course.
Although all three wins came over the shorter trip of 7f, he wasn't stopping up the hill at Carlisle last month and he's related to horses who have won over as far as 1m2f.
However, the bottom line is both defeats have come over today's 1m trip and it could be significant that connections dropped him back to 7f at Carlisle after that hampered loss three starts ago. And even jockey Philip Robinson has gone on record as saying the horse is better over the shorter trip.
Although he probably has more scope than any runner in this line-up, it remains to be seen whether it will be over this trip and this isn't an easy 1m.
In fact, it may prove more rewarding to go after him in running, as it's easy to see him travelling as well as any entering the dip.
Esoterica has good form at Ayr especially over further than 6f