If you are a fan of big-field handicaps then you are going to love today’s action, with the Ayr Gold Cup the highlight in Scotland.
It’s going to be a tough day, but that’s why I’m here and to give Paddy a miserable time. You hear me big lad?
Before we get to Ayr, let’s check out a couple of runners some racing at Newbury. I’m hoping for decent odds for Richard Hannon’s Tabarrak in the 1.10pm at Newbury after he looked a sure-fire future winner when second on debut to Tasheeq last month.
I’m not sure the step up in trip will suit Log Out Island in the 6f Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes at 2.15pm.
I’m on RAUCOUS, who stayed on well over 6f against Ajaya at York last time and appears to be progressive for William Haggas. Ribchester looks the danger.
PACIFY is my idea of the winner in the 1m 2f handicap at Newbury 2.50pm. He gets a bit of weight from some of these and seems to be improving. He stayed on well at York last time in a tough heat and should run well for Ralph Beckett with an apprentice taking off 5lb. Back him each-way.
Over at Ayr we have puzzle after puzzle. It’s the Silver Cup at 2.35pm and I’m taking a chance with the three-year-old STEVE PRESCOTT and keeping my fingers crossed that a high draw is key. This horse is closely weighted with in-form favourite Goerge Bowen and can be forgiven a flop last time when dwelling at the start. Big each-way chance if in the right place for Richard Fahey.
It looks like Eagle Top will divert to Newbury so that leaves the Doonside Cup at Ayr at 3.10pm, at the mercy of SCOTTISH. If Eagle Top runs though – he wins.
The Ayr Gold Cup is at 3.45pm and I’m going low here in the guess on the draw! How about a maiden winning this? Unlikely of course, but there is no doubt Roger Varian thinks TOOFI is decent, so take a chance on him from stall five with the visor first time in a race where Paddy’s paying the first 5 home.
So best of luck this weekend. Hoping for some Yeeehaaa!