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The next stage for entries for Saturday’s William Hill Ayr Gold Cup is today at noon when the picture will became a little clearer as to who will be running in the £200,000 race.
Some of the highest rated sprinters in the land will go to post and one horse almost certain to run is Growl who was runner-up in the race in 2016.
The Dr Marwan Koukash owned six year-old has been in good form all season and is c urrently a 12-1 chance with the sponsors behind the 10-1 favourite Dean Ivory’s Flaming Spear.
Others prominent in the market include Tim Easterby’s Flying Pursuit, winner of the Sky Bet Dash at York in July and Willie Haggas’s Mankib who won on good to soft ground at Thirsk earlier in the year.
There is more than £750,000 in prize-money over the three days of the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival which starts on Thursday with Doonside Cup Day named after the Listed race which is the feature of the opening day.
The £65,000 William Hill Doonside Cup which has produced some high quality winners over the years including Scottish in 2015 has 21 entries headed by Ralph Becket’s five time Group race winner Air Pilot who is due to carry 9st 10lbs.
Becket has another entry in Dolphin Vista, the winner of the Cambridgeshire in 2017 and the intended mount of Harry Bentley.
Godolphin have won this race five times since 2004 and could go for win number six with the fast improving Dubai Horizon, trained by Saeed bin Suroor.
The four year old won a Class 3 handicap at Ayr in July and followed that up with victory in a Class 2 at Sandown early this month.
Friday’s two Listed races – the Shadwell Stud/EBF Stallions Harry Rosebery Stakes and the Al Maktoum Cup Arran Scottish Fillies Stakes, both with £50,000 on offer have attracted large numbers of entries.
The former has Vintage Brut, trained by Tim Easterby and due to be the mount of David Allan entered and this colt has already won a Listed contest at Sandown earlier in the season.
The Al Maktoum Cup Arran Scottish Fillies Stakes, a five and a half furlong sprint, is being run for the first time this year and has attracted a German trained entry in Artistica who won a Listed race at Hoppegarten in July.
Issued by Iain Ferguson on behalf of Ayr Racecourse. For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 01292-294972 or 07795-565691.
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