Today's Horse Racing Tips: Three against the field in the Gold Cup

Today's racing tips for Ayr.
Today's racing tips for Ayr.

Today’s feature race is the ultra-competitive Ayr Gold Cup, a race won by Angel Alexander last season when tipped up here at 50/1. I have picked out three selections in the big sprint contest and have also tackled the consolation race – the Silver Cup.

Ayr Tips

14:30 – 6f QTS Ayr Silver Cup Handicap (Class 2)

I backed ATALANTA’S BOY (NAP – 1 point win bet at 15/2) to win the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood but unfortunately he lost his chance when completely blowing the start. He bounced back last time out when winning a Class 2 contest in good style. That confirmed him as a really progressive sprinter and he looks to have conditions to suit again here.

William Haggas and Tom Marquand team up with APLOMB (0.5 point win bet at 20/1), who has to bounce back from some disappointing efforts of late. However, on his day he possesses plenty of ability and first-time cheekpieces could rejuvenate him.

My final pick is NORTHERNPOWERHOUSE (0.5 point win bet at 25/1), who will be looking to win for the third time this season. Graham Lee’s mount gets in at the bottom of the weights and should be well suited by a return to six furlongs, especially if getting a strong pace to run at.

15:40 – 6f QTS Ayr Gold Cup Handicap (Class 2)

Another horse I backed to win the Stewards’ Cup was NAHAARR (1 point win bet at 9/2). This William Haggas-trained four-year-old was sent off as favourite at Goodwood but failed to fire and finished a disappointing ninth. Prior to that he’d finished third at Royal Ascot before winning in fine style at Newbury. That win took his overall record to 5-8 and connections will be hoping that he can land this en route to pattern company.

Two at bigger prices that should also run well are RAYONG (0.5 point win bet at 33/1) and AIR RAID (0.5 point win bet at 20/1). Rayong won over five furlongs at Pontefract in July and can be forgiven his defeat at Chester last time out. He has a good draw and represents Ben Curtis and Karl Burke.

Air Raid is a consistent sprinter and one I’ve followed with interest over the past couple of years. I have always thought that there is a big race to be won with him and he warmed up for this with a close third at Hamilton. Jack Garritty has been aboard for all five career wins and he should make a bold bid from the front.

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