Racing Report Card: A horse on the up, one from the tracker and a great result for the bookies at Ayr

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.

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