IT was a sleepy Monday afternoon in British racing, though Ayr hosted a competitive eight-race card.
We’ve picked out some snippets you may have missed from the action at the start of a busy week.
Horse on the up
Arecibo (3.30 Ayr) had been disappointing for David O’Meara since coming over from France.
The four-year-old gelding hadn’t been seeing his races out despite travelling well into contention on a couple of occasions.
So it was good to see him record a battling victory down in grade here. With that confidence booster under his belt he can hopefully string a sequences of good runs together.
One for the tracker
Calvados Spirit (4.00 Ayr) caught the eye in a competitive mile handicap.
The Richard Fahey-trained six-year-old, who was an excellent third over the same C&D on Sunday, was trying to make headway under his young rider when denied a clear run.
He eventually had to settle for sixth place, but he is on a dangerous mark and his turn may well be near.
Drifters do win
Ger Lyons knows the time of day, and it was fascinating to see him run the apparently limited Kinch (2.30 Ayr) in a handicap at Ayr.
The Irish raider opened up an 11-4 poke, but punters weren’t in the least bit interested and allowed him to drift right out to 9-1.
But the son of Dark Angel showed guts and determination to open his account at the ninth attempt. A great result for the bookies.