Ayr 2.25 tips – Dalgleish’s Queen can reign supreme

Ayr 2.25 tips - Dalgleish's Queen can reign supreme

Keith Dalgleish

Maleficent Queen

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Betting Tip: @ 2/1 with bet365

The three-day Ayr Gold Festival gets under way this afternoon and Keith Dalgleish has double prospects.

Dalgleish has quickly established himself as the leading trainer in Scotland and he already has twice set records for the number of winners coming out from a Scottish yard on the flat – he’s well on track to beat last year’s total of 67 with 62 currently on the board.

He looks to have a strong team assembled for this week’s meeting and he provides today’s nap in the shape of MALEFICENT QUEEN, who contests the 1m2f handicap for fillies (due off 2.25pm). The daughter of Mount Nelson showed real promise when finishing second at Hamilton on her racecourse debut back in May and she quickly went one better (by four lengths, form working out well) when returned to that track, before going in again at Carlisle – all in the space of 22 days.

She’s not been sighted since, but that’s no concern as she will have been targeted at this meeting and the fact she has been given an entry in the Group 1 Fillies & Mares Stakes run at Ascot in October tells you she is very highly regarded at home. Dalgleish is the subject of a timely Stable Tour in this week’s Weekender and this is what he has to say on the filly.

“I’ve had Thursday’s 1m2f fillies’ handicap at Ayr in mind for her for some time and she’s the horse I’m most looking forward to running at the meeting. I think she has a very strong chance and hopefully there’ll be enough give in the ground [currently good to soft] for her to get her toe in.”

Betting Tip: @ 2/1 with bet365

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