‘Twas this very day one year ago, dear reader, when we selected Snazzy Jazzy (at 16-1 adv) and watched it storm home to win the Ayr Silver Cup and then, just over an hour later, watched our selection for the Gold Cup, Baron Bolt, force a dead heat at 33-1 (adv).
We can’t promise to repeat that feat this time round but you betcha we’re gonna try.
The William Hill Ayr Gold Cup at 3.50 has a field of 24, headed by the Oirish raider Buffer Zone at a very skinny 4-1. A winner at the Curragh just 6 days ago, this 4-y-o is saddled with a 5lb penalty and also has a potentially difficult draw in Trap 21. Viewing the sprints over the past two days, including the Bronze version, it looks as if anywhere near the stands rail is NOT the place to be and Colin Keane will have to manoeuvre out towards the middle of the track if he’s to win.
We are going to pin our hopes on David O’Meara, who has turned up mob-handed with no less than 5 runners, 3 of which look to have great chances. With Daftbet offering 15 places on this race (no, not really) we recommend each way bets on Gulliver (9-1), Arecibo (10-1) and Intisaab (14-1) to give us a good run for our hard-earned.
The William Hill Ayr Silver Cup at 2.40 looks a different cauldron of tuna, as it’s very difficult to get away from the credentials of Alkaraama, the 4-1 favourite.
Sir Michael‘s 3-y-o was only just beaten in a fierce sprint at Ascot last time out and can compete off the same mark today. This looks the best form on offer and, with the beastie still on the improve, we will avoid all cries of ‘wimp’ and recommend a win bet.
One runner which may bustle up the fav is the Nigel Tinkler trained Citron Major, so we will also do this one each way at 16-1.
Telly coverage starts at 2.00 with the William Hill Foundation: Uniting Against Dementia Handicap and, of the ten runners that stand their ground, we have the hots for Boston George.
Keith Dalgleish‘s 3-y-o began his season by splitting two much higher rated rivals in a maiden race and ran his best race yet last time out when 6th of 16 in a valuable York handicap 4 weeks ago. With the addition of cheek-pieces and Sean Davis, this looks a cracker and we are on each way at 7-1.
The Group 3 William Hill Firth Of Clyde Stakes at 3.15 is the other televised race and has a worthy favourite in the shape of Orlaith, trained by Iain Jardine.
A comfortable winner of a Listed race at Newbury last time out, form which has been boosted by the runner-up winning a Group 3 in La Belle France since, Orlaith should benefit from the step up to 6f this afternoon and should be hard to beat. Given the price, which we think is generous, we’ll play safe and go each way.
Another runner which may outrun its odds is Willie Muir‘s representative Final Option, which stayed on nicely into 4th in a Salisbury Group 3 on only her second run. We suggest a small each way punt at 8-1.
ITV is also at Newbury this afternoon and, while we don’t have strong views on the Group races, we think that Migration is well worth a bet in the Dubai Duty Free Handicap at 3.30.
David Menuisier‘s 3-y-o is perhaps unlucky not to be on a hat-trick, having been touched off at Sandown 3 weeks ago and can run off the same mark here. Get on each way at 13-2.
Now then, is it the Cricket, the Golf or the Rugby next – such a difficult choice.
Gulliver 3.50 Ayr 1pt e/w @ 9-1 (7 places WilliamHill/SkyBet/PaddyPower)
Arecibo 3.50 Ayr 1pt e/w @ 10-1 (7 places WilliamHill/SkyBet/PaddyPower)
Intisaab 3.50 Ayr 1pt e/w @ 14-1 (7 places WilliamHill/SkyBet/PaddyPower)
Alkaraama 2.40 Ayr 2pts win @ 4-1
Citron Major 2.40 Ayr 1pt e/w @ 16-1 (6 places)
Boston George 2.00 Ayr 2pts e/w @ 7-1
Orlaith 3.15 Ayr 2pts e/w @ 4-1
Final Option 3.15 Ayr 1pt e/w @ 8-1
Migration 3.30 Newbury 1pt e/w @ 13-2 (4 places)