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Presburg can make a successful return to handicap company when the doors open for day one of the Western Meeting at Ayr.

The five-year-old gelding is one of 12 declarations for the valuable William Hill Handicap - registered as the Kilkerran Cup - and has a fighting chance on the evidence of his good form this summer.

Joseph Tuite’s representative has done his small-time connections proud this term, finishing in the money in a raft of big handicaps, as well as winning at Windsor and Sandown.

He also did pretty well on his first start in Pattern company on August 23, when he came strongly from the rear to finish fourth behind Al Kazeem in the Winter Hill Stakes.

Be that as it may, this is probably a more realistic level for Presburg, whose honesty and pluck make him a stand-out contender at the Scottish circuit.

A mile and a quarter on decent ground looks just the ticket, while Tuite has also gone out of his way to book the well-regarded Shane Gray, who takes off an ultra-handy 5lb.

Fazza ought to go close in the Watch RacingUK Anywhere Using Our iPad App Handicap at Pontefract.

Edwin Tuer’s seven-year-old has hardly been in the pink of health this summer, but he showed just enough at Ripon last month to suggest he may soon be on the march.

The gelded son of Sulamani was buried towards the rear of the field in a one-mile handicap before he stayed on to finish fourth, beaten just under three lengths.

And with the handicapper having taken off another 1lb, allied to the reappointment of Kevin Stott, now might the time to get involved again.

Fazza enjoys running at Pontefract, where he has won twice before, and looks well treated on his best form in 2013 to anticipate a big show in a normal-looking race.

Sir Mike can preserve Luca Cumani’s good run of form by winning the Seajacks Handicap at Yarmouth.

Sir Mike enjoys running on fast ground so should have conditions loaded in his favour.

SELECTIONS:

AYR: 1.40 Swift Approval, 2.10 Get Knotted, 2.40 Diamond Blue, 3.10 Hanalei Bay, 3.40 King Of Eden, 4.10 Derbyshire, 4.40 PRESBURG (NAP), 5.10 Choisan.

KEMPTON: 5.40 Bladewood Girl, 6.10 New Year’s Night, 6.40 Cape Summit, 7.10 Ghosting, 7.40 Golden Bird, 8.10 Sawwala, 8.40 Kastini, 9.10 Maymyo.

LISTOWEL: 2.05 Wheels Of Fortune, 2.35 Dolce N Karama, 3.05 Miller Beach, 3.35 Tooreen Legend, 4.05 Plan A, 4.35 Pires, 5.05 Clondaw Farmer, 5.35 Princely Conn.

PONTEFRACT: 2.30 Clergyman, 3.00 Fazza, 3.30 Legal Waves, 4.00 Jamesbo’s Girl, 4.30 Bowdler’s Magic, 5.00 Sov, 5.30 Street Boss.

YARMOUTH: 2.20 Rahmah, 2.50 Bartholomew Fair, 3.20 Sir Mike, 3.50 Al Bandar, 4.20 Last Minute Lisa, 4.50 Echo Brava, 5.20 Moscato.

DOUBLE: Presburgh and Fazza.