Yes indeed, it’s time to ‘call out the instigators’ as there is Something in the Ayr today, specifically the Virgin Bet Ayr Gold Cup at 3.40.
Not quite a maximum field after a late non-runner, but still 24 thoroughbreds hammering down the 6f track in search of glory.
On the flimsy evidence of the Bronze version, run yesterday, there’s little between the highs and the lows but you probably don’t want to be up the middle.
Favourite at 9-2 is the William Haggas trained 3-y-o Khanjar, ridden by Big Jim for his retained owners.
The last time Mr Haggas sent a similar type up for this race it dotted up and it may be the same story this afternoon, so we will throw a couple of points at it.
We also suggest an each way tickle on Tinto from the very much in form Michael Dods yard at an appealing 25-1.
Televised action begins with the Virgin Bet Handicap at 1.20, which sees Redarna return to its happy hunting ground in an attempt to improve its course record to 8 from 11. Trip and ground are fine and we recommend an each way bet at 13-2.
We also suggest an each way puntette on Dirtyoldtown, an improving 3-y-o trained by Grant Tuer and the mount of the excellent Jack Mitchell. Similar odds are available on this one.
The Doonside Cup at 1.55 and the Firth Of Clyde Stakes at 3.05 both feature ‘shorties’ at the head of the market and we think both will win.
A double is therefore recommended on Phantom Flight and Queen Me respectively at even money and 11-8 – comes to around 4-1.
The Virgin Bet Silver Cup takes place between the above two races and we hope to have cracked this one by recommending an each way bet on Asadjumeirah at 16-1.
Antony Brittain‘s 4-y-o is very well handicapped on earlier season form and should give us a run for the hard-earned.
Down at Newbury, four races are being shown, with the Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup at 1.40 being first up.
Godolphin set a poser by running three and we are going to go for the one with the nice white cap, name of Siskany.
This 4-y-o hasn’t run since February, but has superior form and may well be good enough. Have a win bet at 9-4.
The Dubai International Airport World Trophy Stakes at 2.15 will probably be over by the time the commentator has finished reading out the title and we hope to see Mitbaahy at the head of affairs.
Taking last time out’s run as a rare blip, Roger Varian‘s 3-y-o has been mightily progressive and has the class to take this at a generous 15-2.
The Mill Reef Stakes at 2.50 looks trappy, despite the presence of an even money fav so we will move on to the final televised race, the Dubai Duty Free Handicap at 3.25.
That man Haggas gets our attention in this, with his runner Hamaki.
This 3-y-o has won its last two and, although 4lbs higher in the ratings, shrewdie William has booked 5lb claimer Adam Farragher for the ride.
At a comfortable each way price (11-2) and four places on offer, let’s have a bash, shall we?
We are also going to throw in a silly each way bet on Pistoletto at 25-1 on the grounds that John Ryan‘s 5-y-o is a lot better than its form figures suggest.
Khanjar 3.40 Ayr 2pts win @ 9-2
Tinto 3.40 Ayr 1pt e/w @ 25-1 (6 places)
Redarna 1.20 Ayr 1pt e/w @ 13-2 (4 places)
Dirtyoldtown 1.20 Ayr 1pt e/w @ 13-2 (4 places)
Phantom Flight 1.55 Ayr & Queen Me 3.05 Ayr 2pt win double
Asadjameirah 2.30 Ayr 1pt e/w @ 16-1 (6 places)
Siskany 1.40 Newbury 2pts win @ 9-4
Mitbaahy 2.15 Newbury 1pt e/w @ 15-2 (4 places)
Hamaki 3.25 Newbury 2pts e/w @ 11-2 (4 places)
Pistoletto 3.25 Newbury 1pt e/w @ 25-1 (4 places)