NORTHERN based trainer Jim Goldie, is a very shrewd individual, and I expect him to show his mettle again with the veteran OH LANDINO, who runs in the 4.55 at Ayr today.
The race is over 1 mile 7 furlongs, and will be a true test of stamina, especially with more rain predicted to come. Oh Landino is still a maiden after sixteen efforts, but showed great promise during his last three runs. The gelding finished third over a three mile hurdle, before reverting back to the flat and finishing second behind the favourite Oddsmaker.
The only serious threat looks to be Trojan Gift, who has got better with every run this year, but is saddled with top weight and may not be able to give a stone to Oh Landino. The trainer won the race last year and can follow up.
The in-form partnership in the business at the moment is the Paul Hanagan / Richard Fahey combination and they have a fantastic chance of continuing their run of winners with their runner in the two year old maiden race, HOLY ROMAN WARRIOR. The finely bred colt is a son of Holy Roman Emperor, the former Ballydoyle champion two year old. The champion jockey is booked, and there is no man better at the moment than Paul Hanagan.
STRIKE UP THE BAND is a long standing servant for trainer David Nicholls and the eight year old will be looking to build on his career that has been successful, if a little frustrating with only four wins from 53 starts over the turf. He looked backed to his best when finishing second on his seasonable debut, finishing a respectable second to Le Toreador last time out at Thirsk. The tenth that day Dickie Le Davoir has since won a nice handicap at Haydock, enhancing the form. Nicholls’ son Adrian is booked to ride and a big run is expected.
2.10 Ayr – Holy Roman Warrior (NAP)
3.15 Ayr – Strike Up the Band (Ew)
4.55 Ayr – Oh Landino (NB)