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AIR Pilot, who has won five Group races in an illustrious career, bids to add the William Hill Doonside Cup to his list of victories when he heads the weights in the Listed race at Ayr on Thursday.
The nine year-old is trained by Ralph Beckett and will be ridden by Harry Bentley as he attempts to win the £65,000 race which is run over 1m 2f. He will line up against 10 opponents including stablemate Dolphin Vista who won the Cambridgeshire last September and who will ridden by Danny Tudhope.
There is an array of talent in the race with Saeed bin Suroor going for his sixth Doonside Cup winner with Dubai Horizon who won a course and distance contest in July and talented young rider Hector Crouch is in the saddle.
Another course winner Morando represents the Andrew Balding stable and will be ridden by David Probert and this combination teamed up to win the race in 2015 with Scottish.
The eight race card has attracted 111 runners with the first race the EBF Novice Stakes over a mile with Dark Jedi, runner up in a Listed race at Salisbury last month, heading the 13 strong field.
The British Stallion Studs Scottish Premier Series EBF Fillies Stakes sees Double Reflection, who runs in the colours of the 2015 Shadwell Stud Harry Rosebery Stakes winner Quiet Reflection, attempting to follow up a recent Brighton win.
The first race is due off at 1.30pm with gates open at 12 noon.
The draw for the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup on Saturday takes place in the Owners’ Club at Ayr Racecourse on Thursday morning when former Manchester United manager Davie Moyes will be one of the guests.
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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