Sport Ayr Gold Cup tips as Just Frank can make a bold bid for glory

10:25  18 september  2021
10:25  18 september  2021 Source:   dailyrecord.co.uk

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The Ayr Gold Cup is always one of the Flat season’s most compelling challenges for backers but this year’s race may boil down to the simple question of whether anything will pass the front-running Just Frank . Les Eyre’s three-year-old produced a career-best when dropped back to six furlongs for the Ayr 1.55 Juan Elcano was outclassed in the International Stakes at York last month but his Royal Ascot success on similar ground in this grade is the best recent form on offer and anything close to that level here should be sufficient. Newbury 2.15 Khaadem snapped a two-year losing run when dropped to

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JUST FRANK (3.40) can make a bold bid for glory in another red-hot renewal of the Ayr Gold Cup.

Les Eyre’s horse showed his liking for these big-field handicaps when routing Gift List at Newmarket.

He then ended his juvenile career with a good second to Lipizzaner in Listed company at Doncaster.

The gelding took a while to find his feet this term with some lacklustre efforts over seven furlongs but the three-year-old hit back with a vengeance when slamming Woven over six at Thirsk.

The likeable sprinter remains on an attractive mark so he can strike again under jockey Paul Mulrennan.

JUAN ELCANO (1.55) should make his class tell for in-form Kevin Ryan in the Doonside Cup. The gelding looked terrific when chinning Patrick Sarsfield in the Wolferton at Ascot and was just held by Bangkok at York.

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Ayr Gold Cup Tips : Bottle can prove to be just the tonic. Although its 215-year history is a long and prestigious one, the Ayr Gold Cup has perhaps never enjoyed quite as colourful a period as it has over the last 24 months, considering that the 2017 renewal had to be switched to Haydock Park because of waterlogging, while last year’s race saw the first ever dead heat, when Baron Bolt and Son.

The Ayr Gold Cup is one of Scotland's biggest racesCredit: PA:Press Association. The value of the six furlong race attracts horses from some of England and Scotland's top yards. Great Ambassador won the Garrowby Stakes at York earlier this month and the four-year-old is 5-1 favourite for trainer Ed Walker. Count D'Orsay was a rapid finishing third at Doncaster recently and could be worth a market check. Scottish racing expert Jim Delahunt's tips . Kevin Ryan has trained 4 of the last 14 winners of the Virgin Bet Ayr Gold Cup and I'm backing the North Yorkshire based Irishman to score for a fifth time

He was out of his depth when last in the Juddmonte International at the same venue but can resume winning ways dropped in class.

BLACKROD (2.30) is the tip for Michael Dods in the Ayr Silver Cup. The speedster went down narrowly to First Folio in the Pavers Sprint at York but made no mistake when downing Apollo One at Newmarket.

He looked better than ever in outpointing fellow improver Digital at York last month and can strike off a lenient mark.

HEAD MISTRESS (3.05) should teach her rivals a lesson in the Firth Of Clyde Stakes.

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Ger Lyons’ juvenile was not unfancied ahead of her racecourse debut at Down Royal in July and rewarded her supporters by defeating Special Power.

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2021 Virgin Bet Ayr Gold Cup bookmaker odds (five-day stage): 6/1 Great Ambassador, 12/1 Bickerstaffe, Bielsa, Fresh, 14/1 Boosala, Commanche Falls, Gulliver, Summerghand, 16/1 Capote's Dream, Just Frank , Ostilio, Popmaster, River Nymph, Royal Scimitar, Staxton, 20/1 Bommshalaa, Desert Safari, Fivethousandtoone, Gioia Cieca, Hightimeyouwon, Lampang Doncaster's Portland Handicap, run over five furlongs and 143yds, is normally the last big sprint handicap to take place before the Ayr Gold Cup and has been the stepping stone to Ayr glory on four separate occasions.

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She then cosily dismissed Loveday in a Curragh Listed event and can add this warm Group 3 to her CV.

In The Virgin Bet Handicap I’ll trust CRUYFF TURN (4.15) . Tim Easterby’s horse won over seven furlongs at Leicester and Redcar but finished only seventh on soft going at Haydock. The gelding bounced back when outbattling Magical Morning at York and can follow up on the fast surface.

The EBF Nursery is even trickier but I’m siding with Kevin Ryan’s KING OF YORK (1.20) .

He fended off La Pulga at Carlisle but was demoted by the stewards and can strike on his handicap bow.

Keith Dalgleish’s SUMMA PETO (4.50) can pay for the fare home in the Gribbens Taxi Handicap. The grey atoned for a flop at Ascot when third to Redarna over track and trip and can score over seven furlongs. ANNANDALE (5.20) looks to regain his spark in the closing Jordan Electrics Ltd Handicap.

Mark Johnston’s gelding was outclassed in the Ebor at York but can win down in grade.

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The Ayr Gold Cup is a flat handicap horse race in Great Britain open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Ayr over a distance of 6 furlongs (1,207 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

Find out the latest 2021 Ayr Gold Cup odds along with win and each-way picks from our expert with Count D'Orsay our selection on Saturday. On Saturday, the Ayr Gold Cup will be part of the first major race day in Scotland to attract a sell-out crowd since the easing of pandemic restrictions. The feature race of three days of superb Flat racing at the Scottish venue, the Ayr Gold Cup , is worth more than £77,000 to winning connections, and it has attracted a maximum field of 25 runners. Our tipster takes a look at two worth following in the main dish at Ayr this weekend.

At Newbury, HURRICANE IVOR (2.15) can blow his rivals away in the Dubai World Trophy.

William Haggas’ horse showed a blistering turn of foot when dead-heating at Sandown in July and improved again when cosily dismissing Boundless Power in last week’s Portland at Doncaster.

Andrew Balding’s FOXES TALES (2.50) could shock odds-on favourite Al Aasy in the Legacy Cup. The talented three-year-old hammered Visualisation in the Golden Gates Handicap at Royal Ascot and beat Fancy Man at Haydock so should win over an extra furlong.

KING OF CLUBS (3.25) can reign for Hughie Morrison in the Dubai Duty Free Handicap.

He finished third to Dubai Honour over 1m 2f at Newmarket before beating Victory Chime at Sandown and should pass his toughest assignment. In the Mill Reef Stakes I’m backing GIS ASUB (4.00) .

Team Ryan’s sprinter saw off Hellomydarlin at Pontefract before failing to handle Goodwood when only sixth in the Richmond Stakes. He gave Lusail most resistance in the Gimcrack at York and the juvenile can go one better.

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