Arran Scottish Sprint Fillies’ Stakes – Our 1-2-3 Verdict For Ayr’s Listed Feature On Friday

There’s two Listed races on the second day of Ayr’s Gold Cup meeting, with the feature being the Arran Scottish Sprint Fillies’ Stakes.

Karl Burke (2019 + 2021) and Michael Dods (2017 + 2018) have both won the race twice and have horses prominent in the betting this year – can one of them win it again?

Find out who we’re siding with in our 1-2-3 prediction for the race ↓

1st – Gale Force Maya

Michael Dods has won two of the five renewals of this race and he looks to have a fantastic chance of adding another victory with GALE FORCE MAYA. She was ultra impressive when winning the Garrowsby Stakes at York earlier this month and she is without a doubt the one to beat. 

She travelled strongly throughout that day and ran out a comfortably two and a half length winner, ahead of Primo Bacio who had previously gone close in the Group 2 Hungerford Stakes. That form is the best on offer here by some way. 

Since Connor Beasley has been on board, She’s won four of her eight races and placed in a couple of the others. One of those placed efforts was in the Group 3 Summer Stakes, and with the consistent form she has been in all year she’s comfortably clear on the ratings in this. 

To put it simply, providing this race doesn’t come too soon for her, Gale Force Maya should really be winning this, and we make her one of the best bets of the day on Friday.

2nd – Tenaya Canyon

TENAYA CANYON has gone close on a couple of occasions this season, and if Gale Force Maya wasn’t in this it could be the break she’s been waiting for. Unfortunately, a place could be the best she can manage here.

Having finished fifth in last year’s renewal, she comes here on the back of some notable performances this season, including a close second here in the summer. She was just edged out by Gilded that day (who lines up in this), but she’s weighted to reverse that form here. 

She did attempt a Group 3 this year, when finishing eight in the Summer Stakes at York, where Gale Force Maya finished ahead of her that day, and we think she’ll find that rival too good again here. 

She is certainly in with a chance however, and we make her the best bet to chase home the winner.

3rd – Illustrating

Karl Burke may have won two of the last three renewals, but he may have to settle for a place this time around, with ILLUSTRATING our preferred choice from his three runners. She hasn’t been firing this year for one reason or another, but her trainer has a decent record at Ayr (particularly in this race), and if she can replicate her form from last year she’s more than good enough to place. 

It was less than a year ago that She was racing in Group 1 company, finishing sixth in the Cheveley Park Stakes, and was only two lengths away from winning the Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes after that. This year she hasn’t been at her best, but her best efforts have come over this sort of distance and the drop down from 7f to 5.5f will help her. 

Having jockey Daniel Tudhope on board is a boost to her chances too. He’s been on board for both her wins and has a healthy 24% strike-rate when riding at Ayr this season. She may not be quite up to the level of our other two selections, but she’s good enough to chase them home and run into a place.


1st – Gale Force Maya

2nd – Tenaya Canyon

3rd – Illustrating