Sep 20 2018
Ayr Gold Cup Tips, Odds and Betting Offers, Ayr, 22nd September 2018
A field of 168 has been whittled down to the maximum of 25 for another competitive looking Ayr Gold Cup renewal. The historic six-furlong handicap has existed for over 200 years and the prize purse has come a long way in this time, now standing at a handsome £200k. Kevin Ryan has on four occasions claimed the biggest share of the fund since 2007 and he’s back once again looking for more success at Ayr.
Ayr Gold Cup Chase Betting Tips and Offers
- Flying Pursuit to win at 12/1 with Coral
- Major Jumbo each way at 20/1 with Betfred
Consistency a Major Bonus
Given Kevin Ryan’s strong record in this race, taking a look at his entries seems to be a sensible place to start. He’s certainly not without hope of a fifth Ayr Gold Cup win with four runners who made the cut. Tommy Taylor (25/1, William Hill) cannot be ruled out after a strong showing at Ascot on his last start which saw him lose out by just a neck. Ryan’s strongest contender though appears to be the consistent Major Jumbo (20/1 Betfred) who has won or placed in his last eight races, most of which have been Class 2. An impressive record like this across some decent quality races certainly makes him an appealing option.
Easterby Ready for Glory
One trainer without a win this race, Tim Easterby, has been keen to put an end to his barren patch. His three-pronged attack include two well fancied options in Flying Pursuit (12/1, Coral) and Golden Apollo (16/1, Coral). The former, who rides a pound heavier than his stablemate, has won at Ayr before across six furlongs. He’s struggled to shine as he did then during this season but firmer ground has been a big reason behind this. Two of his last three starts on soft going has ended with a win and with soft the forecast for Ayr, this adds plenty to his claim in this race.
Son Of Rest’s (11/2, bet365) performance in the Group 1 Flying Five Stakes earlier in the month has propelled him to the top of the betting for this handicap. He’s avoided being bumped in the weights despite pushing Havana Grey all the way to the line at Curragh. The colt is considered to be a fan of the mud but on three occasions he’s been the beaten favourite on soft ground. Muntadab (16/1, Ladbrokes) is more of mud-specialist but distance is a concern. Roger Fell has been testing his bay gelding consistently over longer trips, his last six-furlong start coming over a year ago.
The form of Gunmetal (14/1, BetVictor) has not gone unnoticed by the handicappers. Since switching stables, the now David Barron trained horse has won three of his five starts including the St Wilfried Handicap last month. A eight pound increase was his reward for this, putting him at a hefty 9st 6lbs for this race. Although 11 of the last 16 Ayr Gold Cup winners have carried 9st 1lb or over, the five-year-old may struggle to overcome his mark. Just meeting the weight trend in this race is Growl who began to find form in the summer. Richard Fahey’s six-year-old is nearly two years without victory though, making him difficult to back at 9/1 (Coral).
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