Horse Racing: Five value picks from Monday’s meeting at Ayr


RACING supremo Chris Graham (@ChrisGraham79) picks out his best bet from Monday’s racing.

14:oo Ayr | ITV 1

Barney George looks the real deal here. He was so impressive in the 2000 Guineas last month and has exhibited so much style and panache. Of the others, Poets Prince looks worthy of respect but at the price he’s swerved in favour of Barney George.

Of the others, Poets Prince looks worthy of respect but at the price he’s swerved in favour of Barney George.

14:30 Ayr | ITV 1

Only five runners line up here at the Scottish track and all eyes will be on the brilliant Strong Steps.

You couldn’t help but be impressed by his win at Ludlow last Thursday.

I don’t think he will be stopped but I’ll also be backing Lomu each way. He’s a beast of a horse.

15:00 Ayr | ITV 1

This looks a really tough handicap to solve and my money will be going on Duncan Of Scotland.

True, the Nicky Henderson charge has yet to win but he’s been very unlucky.

Conditions will suit on Monday and I expect him to land the money.

4:30 Ayr | ITV 1

The Glasgow Fair Handicap looks a corker this year with 12 expected to head to post. I’ve done my dough on Royal Cosmic a few times this season but I still think he has the ability to beat this lot.

There’s lots to like about him and he’ll get the job done.

Best Bets


2:00 – Barney George 7/2 (William Hill)

2:30 – Strong Steps 3/1 (Bet 365)

2:30 – Lomu (ew) 14/1 (SkyBet)

3:00 – Duncan Of Scotland 33/1 (188BET)

4:30 – Royal Cosmic 6/4 (Paddy Power)

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I grew up watching Hearts games with my dad and playing football at every opportunity so betting on it was the logical next step! Football coupons became a Saturday ritual and it introduced me into the world of horse racing. I started watching it on a regular basis, and after Galileo's Derby win in 2001 I was hooked. I follow both flat and national hunt racing attending the northern meetings when possible.

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