The Price Is Right: Dubai Acclaim worth interest back on favoured surface

Mon 13 Jul 2020

By Ben Stones

It’s all eyes on Ayr on Tuesday, with a trio of outsiders catching the eye on the eight-race card.

Last week’s meeting at the Scottish track provided winners returning £42, £21.60 and £19.40 on the Tote, and we’re hoping for more as we seek out three dark horses north of the border.

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Lurking at the bottom of the weights, running from 1lb of the handicap in this Class 6 contest, is Linda Perratt’s LET RIGHT BE DONE.

He isn’t a horse you’d describe as having an attractive profile but the eight-year-old does have some things going for him.

For instance, he was beaten just half-a-length in a course and distance handicap last season, off a mark of 45 and runs off 3lb lower here, plus all-but two of his rivals have to concede him a stone or more.

Let Right Be Done has needed two or three runs before putting in any kind of form for the past three seasons, a pattern that has continued this term. Two abysmal runs preceded a fine third-placed effort in a Classified Stakes at Musselburgh last Friday. With the lowest rating in the race, he did well to be beaten just 2¼ lengths.

The likes of My Boy Lewis and House Deposit look the most obvious horses in the contest, but with his runs starting to come right, the selection could just take advantage of rock-bottom mark to run into a place at a big price.


We jump forward to the fifth contest on the card, a Class Five 6f handicap where the market is set to be cornered by the trio of Abate, Spring Bloom and Be Proud, who each have claims.

However, I’m siding with COMPTON’S FINALE, who although a 5f winner at Ayr last season, looks to be crying out for this step up to six. Adrian Keatley’s horse has been running admirably but has found things happening too quickly over the minimum trip recently.

The visor that was reached for last time has been removed and it will be interesting to see just how much this extra furlong plays to his strengths with Luke Morris on board. I’m taking a chance that it will be enough to see him in the frame here at the very least.


Take out DUBAI ACCLAIM’s runs on the all-weather and his form figures would surely have him closer to the top of the market than he currently is for the penultimate race on the card. Form figures of 22112 on his latest five turf outings suggest that this return to the green stuff is much needed.

The last of those two runs on turf has seen the five-year-old encounter soft underfoot conditions, but the forecast fast ground here shouldn’t be an issue, having won on good to firm at Doncaster last September.

His two runs on the all-weather this season have been hopeless but it’s probably fair to assume that the synthetic surfaces are not for him. Coming into this mile handicap off his last winning mark, Richard Fahey’s gelding looks to have conditions to suit.

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