Sweetspots: Paris Protocol can deliver a shock result for Hannon
Lexington Place has won the 4.50 at Ayr for the last two years. He runs this time off a lower mark than on either of those occasions and, although not in peak form this year, today could be his day.
It’s worth noting when Richard Hannon applies cheekpieces for the first time as he has a 45 per cent strike-rate (9-20). Paris Protocol (5.35 Royal Ascot) could go well at a massive price, with the booking of Pat Smullen a plus.
It looks significant that George Scott sends one runner from Newmarket to Redcar, for the claimer at 3.50. His horses are 3-5 at the course (60 per cent strike-rate) and Pobbles can follow up her win in a seller at the track last time.