The Ayr Gold Cup is Saturday’s feature race in Britain and it is a fierce puzzle for punters to attempt to solve.
There are 25 runners over 6f on what is going to be testing ground. It isn’t for the fainthearted but we’ll take a chance with an each-way choice and a trainer that knows exactly what is required.
Major Jumbo – 3.50 Ayr – each-way @ 16/1
Yorkshire trainer Kevin Ryan loves this race, having won it four times, and his four-year-old Major Jumbo should give punters value for their money.
He has run some big races from the front in a number of tough handicaps this season already but just hasn’t managed to land himself a big prize.
Given the prevailing conditions, this could be tough going for plenty of the field and a fair few might not get into the reckoning.
Major Jumbo will be up in the vanguard from the word go and would be very dangerous if allowed to dictate. In a minefield, he’s one that looks sure to give his running for each-way players.
Take Cover – 3.30 Newbury – each-way @ 15/2
He’s now 11 and really should be giving up on being a speedster but nobody seems to have told Take Cover.
A winner at Beverley this month and that came either side of excellent efforts in Group 1 sprints via the Nunthorpe at York and the Flying Five at the Curragh.
He’s closely matched with Sioux Nation and Hit The Bid on that latter piece of form although Aidan O’Brien’s colt might be less inclined to relish the quick turnaround here and, in any case, the July Cup fifth has been frustrating this summer.
Impressive Leicester winner Equilateral has been found wanting in this grade previously and so Take Cover looks amongst the more solid and reliable players as he bids to win the Group 3 World Trophy Stakes for the second year running.
Letsbe Avenue – 5.15 Newbury – win @ 11/2
Silvestre De Sousa is a maestro around Newbury, where he boasts a 37% strike-rate from 60 rides over a five-year period, and the champion jockey has a decent chance of adding to the tally with Letsbe Avenue.
De Sousa is 2-2 on Richard Hannon’s gelding so far including a C&D win July. They’ve since made the running and held on in determined fashion to win at Salisbury in this grade.
Letsbe Avenue doesn’t necessarily have to lead and, rated just 1lb higher now, he looks a certain contender on a track where De Sousa won’t be found wanting tactically.
Queen Of Bermuda – 3.15 Ayr – win @ 5/1
Queen Of Bermuda was sent off favourite for the Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot this summer but failed to run her race. The daughter of Exceed And Excel has since proved that effort to be all wrong.
She ran well in the Molecomb at Glorious Goodwood before snaring a Listed 5f event at Deauville in August and has since finished an excellent second to Soldier’s Call in a Group 3 over the minimum distance at Chantilly.
That form looks strong in light of the winner impressively scoring in the Flying Childers at Doncaster next time out.
Queen Of Bermuda looked like she might benefit from stepping up in trip in that French run and she gets that now, ensuring she looks a ready-made contender here.
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