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FINAGHY AYR (2.15) can strike for local trainer Ian Duncan at Ayr if today's meeting survives an 8am inspection.

The tough 10-year-old has been a cracking servant to the Coylton-based handler over the years and produced a career best when landing a valuable chase at Carlisle last month.

Runner-up to stablemate Lochnell over three miles here, the gelding can reverse the placings over today's longer trip.

Dumfries handler Iain Jardine can claim the opening maiden with COOL MIX (12.35).

The six-year-old has taken well to hurdling and looked ready for the step up to 2m 4f staying on well for second behind McGowan's Pass over two miles here last time.

MY OLD GOLD (1.10) rates the value bet in a trappy four-runner maiden. Nicky Richards's mare was an eye-catching third over two miles here last month and will relish this sharp rise in distance.

WHISKEY CHASER (2.50) can continue Donald McCain's excellent run in the Totetrifecta Chase. The 10-year-old ran well despite failing to stay 3m 4f in the Last Fling at Haydock but can regain the winning thread over this shorter trip.

Trainer Mike Smith can enjoy a winner at his local track thanks to OUR LUCAS (3.25).

The six-year-old produced a personal best when second to the useful Charmant over course and distance and remains open to plenty of improvement.

Ulster raider SULTANA BELLE (3.55) can claim the lucky last for Ronan McNally.

The 10-year-old has been in reasonable form over fences this term and remains on an attractive mark back over timber.

At Hereford, STEEL NATIVE (2.00) can show his mettle in a competitive novices' chase.

Dai Rees's gelding was a good winner over timber at Ffos Las but is also progressive over fences and can follow up today under James Bowen.

In-form Tom George can take the feature Hurdle with OTTER MOON (3:05). The six-year-old bolted up on his first try at 2m 4f at Perth in July and can do plenty of damage switched to handicapping.

BORN TO SIZE (3.40) can make a winning debut for Richard Woollacott in the handicap chase.

The six-year-old hacked up on his fencing debut at Thurles in October and further progress looks likely.

| Willie Mullins's dual-winner Un De Sceaux heads eight entries for Saturday's Grade 1 Clarence House Chase at Ascot.



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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Jan 16, 2018
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