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IRISH trained Son Of Rest is the new 8-1 favourite with sponsors William Hill for Saturday’s Ayr Gold Cup after finishing second to Havana Grey in the Group 1 Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.
The four year-old finished with a flourish to go down by half a length and trainer Fozzy Stack said yesterday he was likely to run in the £200,000 Ayr Heritage Handicap.
He said : “The more rain they get the better – he loves it soft.”
No Irish trained horse has won Scotland’s richest Flat race and Adrian Keatley’s G Force is the other hope from the Emerald Isle.
Cardsharp, the Mark Johnston trained three year-old heads the weights and other interesting horses who stood their ground at the latest entry stage yesterday include the Richard Fahey trained pair Kimberella and Growl, David Barron’s Great St Wilfrid winner Gunmetal, Tim Easterby’s Flying Pursuit and Perfect Pasture from the Mick Easterby yard.
Scotland’s only Group race, the William Hill Firth of Clyde Stakes has attracted some high class entries including Queen Jo Jo second in the Group 2 Lowther Stakes at York and Queen of Bermuda who won a Listed Race at York earlier in the season.
There are huge entries over all three days of the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival which starts on Thursday with Doonside Cup day.
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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