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Former jockey turned trainer Johnny Murtagh is hoping to make history by training the first Irish based horse of the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup.
His three year-old colt Urban Beat was highly impressive when winning the John Sisk & Son New Stand Handicap at the Curragh on Saturday and has been installed as 10-1 clear favourite with sponsors William Hill.
After only seeing a racecourse once as a two year-old, Urban Beat was reintroduced at Navan in April winning his maiden impressively before taking a Premier Handicap at the Curragh a month later by three and a half lengths.
Saturday’s win brought his tally to three from four and providing the ground doesn’t quicken up he could line up for Scotland’s riches race – the £200,000 William Hill Ayr Gold Cup.
Another horse to catch the eye recently was Global Applause who, having his first run for Robert Cowell, came from behind to win the 188Bet Extra Place Races Handicap at Sandown on Saturday. His odds have been slashed from 33s to as low as 14s.
Growl, trained by Richard Fahey, who was second in the race in 2016 to Brando is available at 12s and has been running consistently this season while Gunmetal, winner of the Great St Wilfrid at Ripon last month, is on 14-1.
There is a total of £720,000 in prize-money on offer at the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival which runs from Thursday September 20 – Saturday September 22.
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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