William Hill Ayr Gold Cup
|Heritage Handicap, Ayr 15:50
6f, Class 2
|Saturday 20th September 2014|
Trainer Kevin Ryan on the Ayr Gold Cup draw: "Blaine [drawn 26] is in great form and is on an upward curve. He'll love the fast ground."
"If York Glory came back to himself he is dangerously well handicapped [drawn 21]."
Favourite Watchable drawn five, Alben Star in stall seven, while Mass Rally in 15.
Ante-post favourite Watchable will race from the far side having been handed stall five and is currently an 8-1 chance with sponsor William Hill.
The four-year-old, who burst into the reckoning for the big sprint handicap with victory at the Curragh last Sunday, was one of the later ones to be picked out of the hat at a special draw ceremony at the Scottish track.
The Richard Fahey-trained Alben Star, generally second best in the market, will start from stall seven after being the penultimate name to be drawn.
O'Meara's Highland Aclaim was the first horse out and given stall 18, with the stands side of the track proving popular.
The Fahey team went for stalls 20 and 22 respectively for Ballesteros and Supplicant, who were the next horses out.
Scottish trainer Jim Goldie plumped for stall four for last year's third and top-weight Jack Dexter, and 16 for Hawkeyethenoo.
Ger Lyons' representative chose stall three for Burn The Boats, while the other Irish challenger An Saighdiur will be on the other side of the course in stall 23. Racy, trained by Brian Ellison, bagged the stands side rail draw in the maximum 27-runner field.
Kevin Ryan is four-handed as he seeks to win the race for a fourth time.Captain Ramius, successful for the Hambleton trainer in 2012 when drawn eight, has got the same stall again. Hamza is also low in stall six, with York Glory and Blaine drawn high in gates 21 and 26 respectively.
Ryan told Racing UK: "We opted to go high if we were coming out early and lucky enough we had a couple of horses that came out fairly early.
"Blaine's in great form and is on an upward curve. He comes into the race on the back of a very good win. He'll love the fast ground. I thought York Glory would run very well in the Portland and then he disappointed us. He's struggling to find his form, but if he did come back to himself he'd be dangerously well handicapped.
"Amy (Ryan, daughter), rides Blaine. She gets on great with him. She's won two good races on him this year so there's no reason why she shouldn't ride him. We opted to go high with two and we've got two drawn low, so we've covered both sides of the track."
William Hill Ayr Gold Cup (Heritage Handicap)
£160,000 added, 3yo plus, 6f, Class 2
Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
|1 (4)||365 770||Jack Dexter 70||9-10||J S Goldie||G Lee|
|2 (7)||404 432||Alben Star (IRE) 28||9-9||R A Fahey||Jack Garritty (5)|
|3 (6)||170 633||Hamza (IRE) 28||9-8 v||K A Ryan||P J Smullen|
|4 (15)||0-96 497||Mass Rally (IRE) 13||9-5 hb||M Dods||P McDonald|
|5 (24)||001 409||Heaven's Guest (IRE) 29||9-5||R A Fahey||Samantha Bell (5)|
|6 (26)||30U 101||Blaine 31||9-4 b||K A Ryan||Amy Ryan|
|7 (19)||201 707||Louis The Pious 14||9-4 v1||D O'Meara||James Doyle|
|8 (23)||183 867||An Saighdiur (IRE) 28||9-3 p1||A Slattery||W J Lee|
|9 (1)||102 240||Ruwaiyan (USA) 28||9-3 p||J Tate||D Allan|
|10 (11)||641 521||Eastern Impact (IRE) 35||9-3||R A Fahey||T Hamilton|
|11 (9)||421 805||Ashpan Sam 31||9-3||J L Spearing||K Fallon|
|12 (5)||134 331||Watchable (ex5) 6||9-3 p||D O'Meara||D Tudhope|
|13 (12)||04-4 200||Jimmy Styles 91||9-1 p||C G Cox||Ryan Tate (3)|
|14 (2)||254-941||Minalisa 59||9-1||Rae Guest||F M Berry|
|15 (13)||103 120||Rene Mathis (GER) 7||9-0||R A Fahey||D Nolan|
|16 (27)||801 808||Racy 14||9-0 p||B Ellison||P Pickard|
|17 (16)||587 096||Hawkeye-thenoo (IRE) 14||9-0||J S Goldie||G Bartley (3)|
|18 (21)||709 000||York Glory (USA) 7||9-0 v||K A Ryan||D P McDonogh|
|19 (14)||421 116||Go Far (ex5) 7||8-13 v||A Bailey||Martin Harley|
|20 (8)||450 600||Captain Ramius (IRE) 14||8-12||K A Ryan||F Lynch|
|21 (3)||8-00 170||Burn The Boats (IRE) 7||8-11||G M Lyons||C T Keane|
|22 (20)||500 033||Ballesteros 21||8-11||R A Fahey||F Norton|
|23 (10)||860 0-73||Duke Of Firenze 11||8-11 p||R M H Cowell||Graham Gibbons|
|24 (17)||666 215||Barnet Fair 14||8-10||D Nicholls||Cam Hardie (5)|
|25 (25)||911 400||Fast Shot 35||8-10||T D Easterby||Rachel Richardson (7)|
|26 (22)||6-06 079||Supplicant 35||8-10||R A Fahey||George Chaloner (3)|
|27 (18)||833 115||Highland Acclaim (IRE) 14||8-10 h||D O'Meara||Sam James (3)|