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FLAMING Spear, trained by Dean Ivory, is now co ante post favourite at 12-1 for next month’s William Hill Ayr Gold Cup after landing a valuable Goodwood handicap on Saturday.
The six year-old won by over seven furlongs at the Sussex track and was impressive but it is two years since the gelding last raced over six furlongs and that was in the 2016 running of the Gold Cup which was won by Brando.
His co-favourites for the Ayr race are Willie Haggas’s Mankib and the Irish trained three year-old Urban Beat.
Top weight is the Brian Meehan trained Bacchus due to carry 9st 10lb while Irish trained Ardhoomey, a 16-1 chance, is on 9st 9lb along with Mark Johnston’s Cardsharp.
Gunmetal, winner of the Great St Wilfrid at Ripon earlier in the month is on 14s and has been allocated 9st 4lb while Roger Varian’s Laugh A Minute, second in a Group 3 at Deauville on Sunday, is also on 14s with the sponsor.
Richard Fahey’s Growl who finished second in the race to Brando in 2016 and carries the colours of Dr Marwan Koukash is 16-1.
Latest betting from William Hill is 12-1 Flaming Spear, Mankib, Urban Beat; 14-1 Culturati, Glenamoy Lad, Growl, Gunmetal, Laugh A Minute; 16-1 Aces, Ardhoomey, Rapid Applause, Bambino Lola, Flying Pursuit, Rapid Applause.
For more information of the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup visit the microsite www.ayrgoldcup.co.uk
Issued by Iain Ferguson on behalf of Ayr Racecourse. For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 01292-294972or 07795-565691.
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