Lucinda Russell: sends eight runners to Ayr's meeting on WednesdayPICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos
Russell ready to play strong hand at Ayr
LUCINDA RUSSELL will be relieved to hear that racing goes ahead as planned at Ayr today as she sends eight runners, including some smart performers, to the meeting.
After just 1mm of rain in the past 24-hours, clerk of the course Emma Marley was able to make an early call on today's meeting, revealing the good news at 6.15am.
She said: "Racing goes ahead today. It's just light rain at the moment but there's no worry on my part. With 5-10mm forecast in the next 24-hours we thought it prudent to call a 7.30am inspection for Thursday's card."
Russell kicks-off with Green Flag and She Will Rock You in the opening 2m4f novices' hurdle on the card and expects ground officially described as heavy to suit exciting six-year-old Green Flag.
"He won over 2m6f last time so is dropping back in trip, although the heavy ground will hold no fear for him," Russell told her website.
Bumper winner Imjoeking makes his second start over hurdles in the 2m maiden hurdle and the trainer added: "The form of Imjoeking's bumpers is holding up and he schooled nicely last weekend."
In the 2m novices' chase, Russell saddles two of the four runners as Tap Night and Lord Of Drums both make their chase debuts. She also runs two 3m½f handicap hurdle.
The trainer said: "Consistent Delightfully tries to defy an eight pound rise for her last win, and Shooting Times has his first run for us."
Finally course lover Prosecco returns to Ayr on a career high handicap mark as he bids for a fifth win at the track in the 2m handicap chase.
As well as the meeting at Ayr, all-weather action from Kempton, Lingfield and Wolverhampton takes place on Wednesday.
Ayr Heavy - racing goes ahead