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Sprint in for the 33/1 about Ursula in Bronze Cup

The big betting race of the day is the Bronze Cup at Ayr (3.55) and Ursula looks terrific each-way value at 33/1.

Elaine Burke’s filly is a course and distance winner and has been running well throughout this summer without getting her head in front.

She was beaten just a short-head by Grissom in a decent contest at Hamilton, where she had Karaka Jack (who repossess today) a neck behind.

The daughter of Namid is now 4lb better off with Dandy Nicholls’ charge, yet can be backed at twice that ones odds.

She also ran very well when sent off a well supported 4/1 favourite and finishing a close up fifth to Strike The Band in a competitive affair at Hyadock on her penultimate start, and the fact that she was backed that day suggests that connections believe she is coming right.

Although slightly disappointing on her latest start, she has form in the book which entitles her to take all the beating in this and it’s interesting that she is also being fitted with cheekpieces for the first time.

She is only 5lb higher than when beating Jeannie Galloway over course and distance back in July 2010 (her last win), and is actually 1lb better off with Richard Fahey’s filly having beaten her by a comfortable 1 1/2 lengths that day.

I therefore can’t understand why Jeannie Galloway is second favourite and as short as 8/1 for this and the selection can be backed at more than four times her odds.

There is no way that there should be such a price discrepancy between them, and given that Ursula’s shrewd connections like a tilt at the ring I would not be surprised to see her shorten up this morning.

I had her priced up at around the 16/1 mark, so the 33/1 on offer is massive and should be snapped up.

Recommended bet: 3pts each-way Ursula (33/1 Boylesports, Hills, Ladbrokes, Victor Chandler – BOG)
Invincible Lad each-way value at 18s

Invincible Lad has been given a massive chance by the handicapper and after shaping well on his latest start makes plenty of appeal at 18/1 in the 3.20 at Ayr.

The seven-year-old is on a long losing streak, with his last win coming back in September 2009 off a mark of 83 when trained by Eric Alston.

However he is a course and distance winner who is now back down to a mark of just 76, and ran a blinder last time out when beaten just 1/2 a length by Mayoman at Haydock.

Slowly away that day he made good headway to lead inside the last before getting collared close home and had a couple of decent yardsticks in behind.

It was a much improved effort and suggested to me that his trainer Dandy Nicholls had sweetened him up and got him back in the right frame of mind to score and overdue success.

There is nobody better than Dandy at getting his type back on track, and the “Sprint King” loves nothing more than to plunder this meeting.

He does have five in this contest, and they all have a chance of some sort, but his son Adrian has plumped for Invincible Lad having presumably had the choice of who to ride from the quintet.

His draw in 16 is a slight concern, as I would rather have seen him drawn high or low.

However given his run style, Nicholls should be able to choose which side he wants to go and drop him in as usual before hopefully coming with a late winning challenge.

Granted luck in running I think he will take all the beating, and  18/1 with Victor Chandler he looks good value.

Recommended bet: 2pts each-way Invincible Lad (18/1 Victor Chandler)

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