By Matt Chapman | Saturday preview
It’s great to be back with another chance to make Paddy Power a very unhappy man by getting a couple of winners. You hear me Paddy?
This weekend there is no doubt the feature betting race is the Ayr Gold Cup (3.50pm) that has been won by some classy types over the years. Just think of Lochsong, Bahamina Pirate, Continent and Regal Parade.
So you need an animal that is either Group class already or is likely to be mixing it at that level in the future and there are two other factors to consider with the ground likely to be testing.
- You’ll need a mudlark who stays 6f+ well.
- The draw is always important in these cavalry charges.
My big-race hope is in stall 13 and Gabriel’s Lad has all the right credentials to run a cracker at a tidy price – if the draw isn’t against him.
Gabriel’s Lad won over 6f on soft ground at Ascot last October lat year, so the ground should not be a problem. He won over 7f on his penultimate start before chasing home Redvers over that trip at Ascot last time.
He can dwell at the start which would be a big problem back over 6f, but he is lightly raced and improving. Just the kind of horse who might be a group sprinter in the making. Let’s hope there is some pace near him. If he wins, it’s a massive Yeeehaaa!
The Silver Cup (2.40pm) will give us some clues about the draw – and I like the look of Colonel Mak – a previous winner in 2010 off a mark of 93. He races off 95 this time.
Most of Colonel Mak’s victories have come on easy ground. Two have come on soft and he’s in cracking form at the moment with a win at Pontefract and a fine second at Newmarket.
The David Barron stable is also in good shape, so he should give us a fine spin. They are two hugely competitive handicaps – let’s hope the selections run well and make Paddy shake in his clover-shaped boots.
PS: I’m off to France next week to check out one or two of the big Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe hopefuls – I’ll let you know what I find out soon. Yeeehaaa!
Betting: All Saturday’s cards. form and odds here