The last month of Ayr’s season on the level has been blighted by the weather, but its final Flat meeting of 2017 has survived an inspection this morning despite soaking up 7.5mm of rain overnight.
As with the last meeting here, the seven races will be run on the hurdles course while the track’s executives try to work out what to do about the patch of ground two furlongs out on the straight track which refused to drain before the Western meeting, and forced the abandonment of all three days of its most valuable fixture. As a result, there are no sprints on the schedule and the heavy ground will make for a gruelling test, not least in the stayers’ events towards the end of the card.
That should not be a problem for Mixboy (4.40), however, as Keith Dalgleish’s grey was a winner over hurdles on heavy ground back in December 2015 before notching three wins over fences during the 2016-17 jumps season.
The 13th start of Mixboy’s career was a belated debut on the level at Ripon…