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Top man Doyle to come to the four on Ayr raid; JOE PUNTER THE MAN WITH THE INSIDE TRACK.


James Doyle lit up Royal Ascot with his superb wins on Big Orange and Barney Roy and it'll be terrific to see him at Ayr today.

The Doyler has four rides booked on a smashing card, which also sees John Gosden send one north for a rare raid.

Doyle and Gosden teaming-up in the opener should see Pouvoir Magique (1.40) justify very short odds.

But it's deeper into the card where I'm hoping Doyle can pay for my day with a win in the feature totepool Handicap on Mark Johnston's Town Charter (4.20).

Half of the field in the seven-furlong handicap have won at the track but I'll be backing Dark Profit (4.55).

Keith Dalgleish's charge was a superb winner at the track last month and a repeat will put him bang there.

John McConnell's Nothing to Lose will also be in the shake-up and is well worth an each-way play.

Earlier, Doyle teams up with McConnell's Lucient Dream (2.10) and he'll be right in there with Jedd O'Keeffe's Komodo.

Classy Town Charter can get the party started when Regal Mirage (2.45) can build on his easy win at Hamilton for Tim Easterby and David Allan.

Mike Smith can continue his fine run of form with Haymarkey (3.15) and Magistral (3.50).

Highly-experienced Carol Bartley can land the concluding amateurs' event on Roy's Legacy (5.30) for Shaun Harris.

Ayr also races tomorrow when some promising juveniles line up in the opening six furlong novice stakes.

The six-furlong handicap could go the way of Jim Goldie's Cheeni while Iain Jardine's Mayleaf Shine will benefit from a drop in class in the feature Class 3 sprint.

Last week we pleaded with the Musselburgh Joint Racing Committee to find an agreement which would allow the BHA to grant a licence until December.

Mercifully, they have been placed aside their differences to grant an independent governance review and ensure Friday's meeting goes ahead along with fixtures for the rest of 2017.

However, this needs a long-term fix because it feels like an uneasy alliance at the moment.

After Musselburgh, the bandwagon rolls onto Hamilton for a cracking Saturday night of action. It's often a mid-summer highlight. Don't miss it!

Classy Town Charter can get the party started when he lands the big handicap

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 9, 2017
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