Ayr’s faster ground is suited to Awake My Soul

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Awake My Soul should enjoy the likely faster ground on offer at Ayr in the Employment Enterprise 10 Years In Business Handicap.

David O’Meara’s runner came unstuck when seeking a hat-trick at York last time, with the soft ground proving thoroughly unsuitable. He was obviously feeling the pace that day as he ran around a bit under pressure and certainly did not look quite the same as he had in winning at Beverley and Ripon 
previously.

A further 1lb rise does not look to be too much of an issue, however, and a return to good ground should help his chance of redemption.

Meanwhile, while Ripon certainly does not match the glitz and glamour of Epsom, Elaine Burke will surely still be delighted if Yeeoow can triumph at the North Yorkshire venue.

Burke came agonisingly close to being the first woman to 
saddle a Derby winner as Libertarian just missed out on Saturday. Although Yeeoow is nowhere near as good as his stablemate, he should be smart enough in the Directors Cup over six furlongs.

This four-year-old is still 
pretty lightly raced for a horse of his age and while he has been making steady progress up the handicap, he remains a runner of possibly untapped potential.

Twice a winner on the all-weather, he broke his turf duck when striking gold at Ascot last month in a similarly competitive event to this.

Yeeoow was certainly made to work hard for that neck success over Democretes but he defied a career-high mark in the process and looks capable of shrugging off an extra 4lb again here.

Tumblewind can supplement her recent Beverley success with victory in the Ripon Farm Services Handicap.

Richard Whitaker’s charge made a very favourable impression when winning by just under two lengths, with a fair bit seemingly in hand.

She did not make her challenge until quite late in the day on the Westwood and the 
fact she won tidily suggests she still has something up her sleeve.