The Ayr Gold Cup is Saturday’s feature race in Britain. It is a fiercely competitive event over 6f and, with testing ground set to prevail, it is going to be very tough.
Major Jumbo – each-way @ 16/1
Given the conditions, this could be tough going for plenty of the 25-runner line-up and a fair few might not get into the reckoning. That’s unlikely to be said of Kevin Ryan’s charge who is set to be getting on with things on the front end.
Major Jumbo has run big races in a number of tough handicaps this season and hasn’t yet managed to snare one. He certainly has the ability and will be a danger if granted his own way in front.
Yorkshire trainer Ryan loves this race, having won it four times, and his four-year-old should give punters value for their money.
Take Cover – each-way @ 15/2
He’s an old-timer now but it appears nobody has told Take Cover. He returns to Newbury looking to take out the Group 3 World Trophy Stakes for the second year running and is thriving at 11 years of age.
He won well at Beverley early in the month and ran a solid race last weekend in Group 1 company behind Havana Grey (fifth, beaten 1¼L) at the Curragh, while he was also not beaten by far in last month’s Nunthorpe Stakes.
Sioux Nation was in front of him in Ireland, while Leicester winner Equilateral is also fancied to go well here.
Aidan O’Brien’s charge has been frustrating this summer despite finishing fifth in the July Cup and has been undone before by a quick turnaround, while Equilateral has been found wanting in this grade previously.
Queen Of Bermuda – win @ 5/1
William Haggas’ daughter of Exceed And Excel was sent off favourite for the Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot this summer but things didn’t go her way.
She’s bounced back to form since, running well in the Molecomb at Glorious Goodwood before snaring a Listed 5f event at Deauville in August.
In her most recent outing she gave best only to Soldier’s Call in a Group 3 over the minimum distance at Chantilly this month, form that the winner has since boosted with an easy win at Doncaster.
Queen Of Bermuda looked like she might benefit from stepping up in trip and Haggas takes that option here, with his filly expected to go close.
Letsbe Avenue – win @ 11/2
Champion jockey Silvestre De Sousa is a maestro around Newbury, where he boasts a 37% strike-rate from 60 rides over a five-year period.
The Brazilian is also two-from-two so far on the Richard Hannon-trained Letsbe Avenue, including a C&D win in July.
Next time out, they forced the running for a gutsy all-the-way success at Salisbury and, back at Newbury in the same grade rated only a pound higher, the partnership ought to put up a stern defence of their unbeaten record together.
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