William Hill Ayr Gold Cup
|Heritage Handicap, Ayr 15:50
6f, Class 2
|Saturday 19th September 2015|
Karl Burke hopes the weather does not prevent Rivellino having a crack at the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup after he finished third in the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood on 1st August.
The North Yorkshire handler is also eyeing a trip to Dubai for the five-year-old before another crack at the All-Weather Sprint Championships at Lingfield, a race in which he claimed seventh spot in April.
"It was a fantastic run at Goodwood," said Burke.
"He'd been working as well as ever. He has been a horse who has had issues in the past, but we'd had a clear run with him for a change.
"He's actually never won on turf - all five of his wins have been on the all-weather - but he's been placed in a Wokingham and a Stewards' Cup.
"We'll hopefully get to run in the Ayr Gold Cup but we won't go if it's too soft.
"Dubai is in the equation, too, I just need to discuss it with the owners.
"I hope to get him qualified for the All-Weather Finals early and then head on to Dubai and come back for Finals' Day."
The Peter Chapple-Hyam-trained Buckstay has been placed in several big handicaps this season, including the Spring Mile at Doncaster and the Victoria Cup at Ascot.
He has never run over six furlongs in his 22-race career and was even tried over a mile and a half in his younger days, but it is the possibility of soft ground rather than the drop in trip which would concern Chapple-Hyam more.
"He might go to Ayr," said Chapple-Hyam.
"It can take a bit of getting there and they say you need a seven furlong horse to win it.
"I'd be worried if it came up soft, though.
"He goes on any ground, he's just better on a nice surface.
"He travels so well I can't see the drop in trip being a problem."
William Hill Ayr Gold Cup 2014 (Heritage Handicap)
£160,000 added, 3yo plus, 6f, Class 2
Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
|Dr||Dist||Horse SP Jockey||Weight||Trainer|
|1st||(19)||Louis The Pious 10/1
F M Berry
|9-4||K A Ryan|
|4th||(24)||nk||Heaven's Guest (IRE) 12/1
Samantha Bell (5)
|9-5||R A Fahey|
|5th||(25)||hd||Fast Shot 20/1
Rachel Richardson (7)
|8-10||T D Easterby|
|6th||(1)||hd||Ruwaiyan (USA) 33/1
|7th||(23)||¾||An Saighdiur (IRE) 20/1
W J Lee
|8th||(4)||s.h||Jack Dexter 20/1
|9-10||J S Goldie|
|9th||(18)||nse||Highland Acclaim (IRE) 10/1
Sam James (3)
|8-11||R A Fahey|
|11th||(16)||1||Hawkeye-thenoo (IRE) 16/1
G Bartley (3)
|9-0||J S Goldie|
|12th||(5)||½||Watchable (ex5) 9/1
|14th||(17)||nse||Barnet Fair 20/1
Cam Hardie (5)
George Chaloner (3)
|8-10||R A Fahey|
|16th||(8)||nk||Captain Ramius (IRE) 50/1
|8-12||K A Ryan|
|17th||(6)||hd||Hamza (IRE) 20/1
P J Smullen
|9-8||K A Ryan|
|18th||(14)||nk||Go Far (ex5) 16/1
|19th||(13)||hd||Rene Mathis (GER) 25/1
|9-0||R A Fahey|
|20th||(15)||1½||Mass Rally (IRE) 25/1
|21st||(12)||nk||Jimmy Styles 50/1
Ryan Tate (3)
|9-1||C G Cox|
|22nd||(10)||nk||Duke Of Firenze 33/1
|8-11||R M H Cowell|
|23rd||(9)||2½||Ashpan Sam 33/1
|9-3||J L Spearing|
|24th||(3)||½||Burn The Boats (IRE) 28/1
C T Keane
|8-11||G M Lyons|
|25th||(21)||¾||York Glory (USA) 25/1
D P McDonogh
|9-0||K A Ryan|
|26th||(7)||½||Alben Star (IRE) 16/1
Jack Garritty (5)
|9-9||R A Fahey|
|27th||(11)||3½||Eastern Impact (IRE) 20/1
|9-3||R A Fahey|