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Gentleman De Mai

GENTLEMAN DE MAI (12.35) will be the first of two runners at Ayr on Tuesday. We were pretty disappointed with his run at Kelso last time out, we expected him to be able to win off a mark of 104 but it wasn’t to be. He sweated up a lot in the box on the way there and was in a real lather so that might have had a negative impact on him. Hopefully it was just that and a bit of rustiness because it was his first outing of the season and we’ll see a better horse this time around. He’s been dropped a pound by the handicapper and should be sharper for the run a few weeks ago. At home he’s been fine and nothing came to light after Kelso so fingers-crossed he’ll take a step forward again here.

CAPTAIN QUINT (1.40) will line up in the novice handicap just a few days after his first fence exit at Newcastle on Saturday. It was just a novicey mistake, he over-jumped a bit and sprawled on landing so gave Craig no chance of hanging on. He schooled well on Monday morning so there’s no reason no to get him back out there. It’s a competitive race with some nice, highly-regarded horses in it, so it’s a tough assignment. But if he jumps well this time he’ll have every right to be in the mix.


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