Saturday 19th September, 3.45pm, Ayr
One of the most competitive races of the season, the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup, will be taking place tomorrow and this six-furlong handicap should be a cracker.
There’s £180.000 in the pot for this one and as many as 25 runners will head to post.
You can get 7/1 about Don’t Touch, who would be seen the most interesting runner in this for many as Richard Fahey’s three-year-old could still be ahead of the handicapper.
He won the Great St Wilfred at Ripon last time out and this race looks to be ideal for the gelding.
Don’t Touch goes for the excellent Richard Fahey as well and has won four races from as many starts. The yard really like this horse and if he does improve further, then he is very much the one to beat.
Some might see the 7/1 as a generous EW price, too.
Jack Dexter is a 12/1 shot and has to carry top weight here, but is a course and distance winner and looks to have a cracking draw in stall 13.
Fergal Lynch takes the ride on Jim Goldie’s gelding and these two have been in very good form. Ground should be OK for the six-year-old here and he could run a big race. However, you wonder if he’s vulnerable to an improver.
Highland Acclaim is also at 12/1 for David O’Meara and Danny Tudhope. This horse was fifth in the Portland Handicap at Doncaster last time out and hasn’t won for a while now, but could be off a decent enough mark.
Charlie Hills has been quite dominant in many of the big sprints this season with horses like Muhaarar and Cotai Glory and he has Tanzeel entered here.
This four-year-old will have Paul Hanagan on board and was a long way behind Fadhayyil at York last month.
However, the return to six furlongs is sure to really suit this horse, who won the Sky Bet Dash at York in July. You can get 14/1 about this horse.
Hanagan on board has to be a positive and you’d expect a big run from this gelding.
Golden Steps is another around the 14/1 mark and runs for Marco Botti and Martin Harley.
This four-year-old won the Stewards Cup Consolation last time out and did it well on that day. You’d think there might still be a bit more to come from this horse and drawn in stall ten, Botti’s charge should be good enough to hit the frame.
There’s a whole host of other horses around the 14/1 mark too and you can back the likes of Buckstay, Blaine, Rivellino and Toofi at around this price. It’s then 20/1 and over about the rest of the field, but you can’t write the likes of Heaven’s Guest, Lexington Abbey and Algar Lad off.
For us, Don’t Touch could prove a little too good in this one and we’ll back him, as well as Golden Steps EW.