Silver And Gold Cups

Good morning all,

I've looked at the two big handicaps at Ayr today, the Silver Cup and Gold Cup at Ayr, in the hope of finding something at a big price for both. I'll play a few each-way doubles on the two races, with the firms throwing extra places at us this morning, but as ever my main selection will be at the end.

Ghathanfar got us an each-way return yesterday, so I'm looking for a Cup repeat!

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Ayr Selection

Morning all,

I had Wi-Fi issues last evening so I’m running behind schedule this morning which means today’s column is shorter than usual.

It's the final day of Yarmouth’s Eastern Festival today and that coincides nicely with the start of Ayr’s Western Meeting which culminates on Saturday with the Virgin Bet Ayr Gold Cup.  There are some big field sizes for some fairly run of the mill handicaps. The highlight of an eight-race card is the Virgin Bet Kilkerran Cup Handicap (4.10).

There are also afternoon fixtures at Pontefract and Naas and the evening action comes from Chelmsford.

Inside today’s main piece I have had a look at Saturday’s big 2-year-old race at Newbury. Plus, the big race at Ayr this afternoon.

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Sandown Selection

Morning all,

What a difference 7-days makes to the British weather. This time last week I was writing this column and it was sunny and 26 °C. Today it’s raining and 12 °C.  

Ok, so the racing this weekend isn’t as brilliant as it was last week. However, there’s plenty of competitive races for punters to get stuck into.

The Virgin Bet Ayr Gold Cup (3.40) is the big betting race of the week and the ante-post favourite is the Ed Walker trained Great Ambassador who won a Listed race at York earlier this month.

There’s a good supporting card of races including Virgin Bet Silver Cup (2:30). The Group 3 Virgin Bet Firth Of Clyde Fillies' Stakes (3:05) and the Listed Virgin Bet Doonside Cup (1:55).

ITV are covering five races from Ayr and four from Newbury. There are three Group races at Newbury the Group 2 Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes (2.50) and the Dubai International Airport World Trophy Stakes (2.15) and Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup (4.00) both Group 3 contests.

There’s also an afternoon fixture at Newmarket, where the feature race is the Close Brothers Cesarewitch Trial Handicap (3:15).  Catterick, Gowran Park and Wolverhampton complete Saturday’s action.

Inside today’s main piece I look at Saturday’s Ayr Gold Cup. Plus, I put today’s two Listed races under the microscope. 

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