Wish I was going to Ayr today. I am not. Instead going with a gaggle of my wife's girlfriends to Southwell. As the only one who knows one end of a horse from another, her friends go once in a blue moon, I will be expected to say something about the horses. I have backed horses at Ayr today. Its a wonderful card with some good bets and some interesting questions. Questions like: will Jonjo's horse take a 20lb rise in its stride? Is Azzuri soft? What effect will first time aids have on Great Fighter, and why have they dropped Nomoreblackjack in trip? In contrast, most of Southwell's interest centres on which moderate horse will plod on more resolutely than another moderate horse. The equivalent like so much of Southwell's racing, of equine roulette. It won't be a case either, in lots of races of one wanting it more than the other. Most won't want it at all. More probably which horse suddenly takes it into its head to get back to a warm stable the quickest way. Yes it's poor fare, but typical of low grade ARC racing. I will say its very competitive, there might be some good finishes and murmur appreciatively when they choose on the basis of name (maybe as good a way as another) or select as their paddock pick some woolly goat. It will be fun anyway. Try as I might its hard to get enthusiastic about any of them but I did pick out the following: Champion Chase, Back To Balloo, Galway Jack, Thoonavolla, and Elkstone. A horse that has ability but might want further, an 11 yr old hurdler in decline, a sulky monkey last time, a fully exposed horse and a horse that should not win but has a little form. Of course Riddlestown might light up the place with another win, but they are a moderate bunch. Add to those a two horse race likely to go to the favourite and a bumper which holds no interest and you can see why I wish I was at Ayr. I will read through any tipping posts to see anyone else's views on Southwell, but in my view backing horses is about finding the right races and there are several at Ayr and none at Southwell. Moderate horses who have no heart are poor fare, one paced plodders who try are admirable, but not really a betting medium. Hope anyone reading has a productive day and if anyone is at Ayr. You are very lucky.