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Matt Chapman: Watch out for this improving speedster in the Ayr Gold Cup

The Scots might be staying put - so I'm on the hunt for some sterling north of the border this weekend. Yeeehaaa!

by Matt Chapman | September 18, 2014

Last week Muthmir gave us the winner of the big sprint handicap at Doncaster and this weekend it’s a similar puzzle with Ayr’s Gold Cups taking centre-stage.

This often goes to a classy horse and the top rated is Jack Dexter on 110 – so this is a decent renewal. The draw will play its part so I’m going to put two up – on either side of the track.

David O’Meara’s WATCHABLE (3.50pm) was a narrow winner at the Curragh last time. He’s lightly raced and improving fast.


O’Meara is now a Group 1 winning trainer and if the low numbers dominate Watchable has to be bang there if running to form in the race.

Of the high numbers have a few quid each-way on Richard Fahey’s HEAVEN’S GUEST (3.50pm). He’s high enough in the handicap but has proven ability in these types of races. Paddy’s paying the first five home in both the Gold and Silver Cup so let’s hope we get standard luck in running with both.

Or there’s the combined horses bet that gives you two chances for the price of one.

Earlier at Ayr, the 6f Group 3 race for juveniles and has attracted a huge field. Have a few quid each-way on ROYAL RAZALMA (2.05pm). I met the connections at Oliver Brady’s funeral this week. She stays well and has good form, having scored at Goodwood before a decent effort at Salisbury. She might just cause an upset.


A star is born …

Down at Newbury it’s the Group 3 Legacy Cup and HILLSTAR (1.50pm), who has been knocking at the door in big races this season. This is a good opportunity to get back to winning ways.

The Mill Reef at Newbury can go to the impressive LIMATO (2.20pm), who is unbeaten in three starts and looked a fine prospect when smashing Cotai Glory last time. The latter should have won well at Doncaster before unseating so the form looks solid. I might have a Limato/Jungle Cat forecast as well!

Strong pace …

Finally take a look at Newbury’s Group 3 World Trophy over 5f and have a few quid on Harry Redknapp’s MOVIESTA. It’s about time this horse landed another prize and this might well be it with a strong pace guaranteed to suit.

So good luck and let’s hope we follow up the Portland with an Ayr Gold Cup success. Your hear me Paddy?

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