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Ayr – 18th September: DOM’S NAP + NB | Saturday’s 2 Best Bets

Our two best bets for the Saturday card at Ayr

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Ayr’s NAP: POPMASTER | 3:40pm Virgin Bet Ayr Gold Cup Handicap (Heritage Handicap) | Dom’s Pick
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In a hugely competitive renewal, Ed Walker's gelding makes appeal despite a 5lb penalty with his Newmarket third, strongly franked form of which, has been followed by wins at Doncaster and Ascot, respectively.

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The five-furlong trip in soft conditions at the Royal meeting clearly didn't suit but he has looked a lot better at the slightly longer distance which culminated in an easy Berkshire success earlier this month.

He's ran with credit in big-fielded handicap's previously and this sort of task looks right up his street with Hollie Doyle onboard.

NB: HEAD MISTRESS | 3:05pm Virgin Bet Firth Of Clyde Fillies' Stakes (Group 3)
It's perhaps telling that despite a valuable card closer to home at Gowran Park that the in-form Ger Lyons sends this daughter of Profitable to Scotland and he'll be hoping it is indeed that sort of afternoon.

She's done nothing wrong to date, winning her only two starts and there's more to come now upped to six furlongs.

Will it be a worthy trip to Ayr for Ger Lyons's Head Mistress?

With experience and consistency to boot, she is a worthy favourite and has the perfect profile for this kind of race with improvement still very likely.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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