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BACCHUS, the winner of the Wokingham at Royal Ascot earlier in the year, heads the entries for the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup at Ayr Racecourse next month.
Brian Meehan’s four year-old’s two subsequent runs have come in Group company, he finished fourth in the Group 3 Hackwood Stakes at Newbury last month before finishing down the field in the Group 1 Maurice de Gheest at Deauville 10 days ago.
There are 214 entries and such is the stature of this £200,000 race 36 of the horses are rated 100 or higher. A field of 25 will go to post for the race with the next 25 highest rated running in the £60,000 William Hill Ayr Silver Cup and the following 25 competing in the £30,000 William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup. The Gold and Silver races are run on Saturday September 22 with the Bronze Cup run on the Friday.
Mark Johnston’s Cardsharp is one of several leading three year-olds with entries and others include Roger Varian’s Laugh A Minute who won the £300,000 Weatherbys Racing Bank two year-old conditions race at Doncaster last year.
Richard Fahey, who trained the last three year-old winner of the race in Don’t Touch in 2015, has Growl, second in the race in 2016 to Brando, Listed race winner Kimberella and George Bowen among his 27 entries.
Brando’s trainer Kevin Ryan who has sent out four winners of the race has some interesting entries including Hey Jonesy, fifth in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot in June and Major Jumbo who chased Kimberalla home in a Listed race at Chester earlier this month.
Joint favourites at 12/1 are Mankib, annex French four year-old trained by Willie Haggas who has won his last two starts and Urban Beat, a three year old trained by Johnny Murtagh and who is unbeaten in his two starts this season.
The draw for this year’s William Hill Ayr Gold Cup takes place in the Owners Bar at Ayr Racecourse at 11.00am on Thursday September 20 and will be screened live on Racing UK.
Latest prices from William Hill are : 12/1 Mankib, Urban Beat, 14/1 Growl, Laugh A Minute, Glenamoy Lad, 16/1 Intisaab, Spring Loaded, George Bowen, Tis Marvellous, Justanotherbottle, Major Jumbo, Raucous, Culturati, Flying Pursuit, Golden Apollo, Silent Echo, Aces, Spanish City, Rapid Applause, Bambino Lola, Ardhoomey.
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