2019 Ayr Gold Cup Festival day two tips – Selections for day two of Ayr’s feature autumn meeting

Ayr are racing on Friday with day two of their Ayr Gold Cup Festival.

Ayr are racing on Friday with day two of their Ayr Gold Cup Festival.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for Friday’s second day racecard at Ayr’s feature autumn meeting.

An eight race card goes to post on Friday for the second day of the Ayr Gold Cup Festival, and a good quality day two fixture features a pair of Listed contests as well as the first of the consolation races for horses who failed to make the cut for Saturday’s big race with the Bronze Cup taking centre stage on Friday’s racecard.

1:40 – Al Maktoum College, Dundee/British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes (Plus 10 Race) Cl4 (2yo) 7f
2:10 – Shadwell Stallions Nursery Handicap Cl2 (2yo) 6f
2:40 – Shadwell Stud/EBF Stallions Harry Rosebery Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 5f
3:15 – Al Maktoum Cup Arran Scottish Fillies’ Sprint Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 5½f
3:45 – William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup Handicap Cl2 (3yo+) 6f
4:20 – Bam Properties Ltd Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-95) 2m1½f
4:55 – H&V Commissioning Services Ltd Handicap (Div I) Cl5 (3yo 0-70) 1m
5:30 – H&V Commissioning Services Ltd Handicap (Div II) Cl5 (3yo 0-70) 1m

Brian Healy takes a look at the day two racecard for the Ayr Gold Festival meeting and gives his race-by-race selections on a competitive afternoon of flat racing action at the premier Scottish venue.

1:40 – Al Maktoum College, Dundee/British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes (Plus 10 Race) Cl4 (2yo) 7f

GRAVITY FORCE (9/2, Ladbrokes) offered plenty to work with when a fast-finishing runner-up at Newcastle two weeks ago, and with that experience under his belt the Fountain Of Youth colt can go one place better here.

Kevin Ryan’s charge ran green early in that debut outing, but once the penny dropped he finished to good effect behind a potentially smart sort and he ought to improve for that first experience which surely won’t have been lost on him.

He had pulled clear of the third horse home in that first run, and with this step up in trip likely to suit given the way he finished off that contest then he can show progress on the back of that performance to get off the mark this time around.

Kevin Ryan

Kevin Ryan can get amongst the winners at Ayr on Friday

2:10 – Shadwell Stallions Nursery Handicap Cl2 (2yo) 6f

ALIX JAMES (17/2, William Hill) had finished runner-up on each of his first three career starts, which included over seven furlongs at this venue behind the useful Walk In Marrakesh where he was beaten five lengths.

Ian Jardine’s Acclamation colt can be forgiven his latest sixth of 13 runners behind Lampang at Carlisle last month where he was badly hampered in the final furlong although he was starting to struggle at the time of the interference.

Nevertheless, he could be worth chancing switching now to handicap company where he can get off the mark, and his opening rating of 78 looks workable so every chance that he can go close here if bouncing back from that last-time effort.

2:40 – Shadwell Stud/EBF Stallions Harry Rosebery Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 5f

Irish raider ISABEAU (11/4, Bet365) looks worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet having contested at a good level in Ireland, and Michael O’Callaghan’s charge remains open to progress after five runs.

The Cable Bay filly was a debut winner at Down Royal prior to running better than the bare result in the Coventry Stakes behind Raffle Prize. She subsequently finished third in a Tipperary Listed race behind Strive For Glory, and her subsequent run in the Silver Flash Stakes is readily forgiven as it came over a trip that probably stretched her stamina.

However, she quickly bounced back from that run to find only Millisle too good in the Curragh Stakes, and a repeat of that effort could be good enough with that winner since going close in the recent Dick Poole Fillies’ Stakes at Salisbury.

Capable of better, she could be worth chancing on to resume winning ways in this competitive Listed prize, and she can take the prize back to Ireland.

3:15 – Al Maktoum Cup Arran Scottish Fillies’ Sprint Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 5½f

LAST EMPIRE (15/2, Paddy Power) looks a smart filly in the making, taking another forward step when scoring in heavy ground at Haydock latest, and Kevin Ryan’s charge can find another jolt of improvement to take this step up in trip in her stride.

The Pivotal filly had also won twice at Hamilton prior to that latest success, including on good ground so drying conditions here are unlikely to prevent a problem. She was impressive latest however, beating Fantasy Keeper by almost five lengths, and that form looks fairly solid.

The handicapper has hit her with an 11lbs rise in the weights, but she looks worth a crack at this level with the potential to improve and it wouldn’t come a surprise to see her find further progress and strike again.

3:45 – William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup Handicap Cl2 (3yo+) 6f

There will surely be interest in this contest as punters look to gain an early clue where the best of the draw might be, and LUCKY LUCKY MAN (10/1, Paddy Power) could be worth chancing to win this race for a second successive year turning out from just 2lbs higher in the weights than was the case twelve months ago.

Richard Fahey’s Clodovil gelding had also won at Newcastle earlier in the campaign, and he scored a shade cosily in this race last year where he had Royal Residence just over one length in arrears.

His form this term has been in and out, peppering lesser outings with in-the-frame efforts, and he got to within one length of East Street Revue latest at Thirsk earlier in the month.

The fifth horse home in that race has won since to give the form a boost, and he can give a good account of himelf in defence of his title here despite the ground being much quicker than it was twelve months ago.

Richard Fahey

Richard Fahey can get amongst the winners on day two of Ayr

4:20 – Bam Properties Ltd Handicap Cl3 (4yo+ 0-95) 2m1½f

ALRIGHT SUNSHINE (7/4, William Hill) almost landed a big gamble two weeks ago at Haydock where the Casamento gelding was just outbattled on the run to the line by Time To Study, eventually succumbing by a neck.

Keith Dalgleish’s charge lost no caste in defeat, and he had won his previous two outings at Ripon and Musselburgh so he could be in line for some compensation in this slightly easier grade.

He perhaps didn’t help in rider in that Merseyside encounter by hanging left for most of the last furlong, and although he briefly got to the front he was unable to hold off the challenge of the winner who battled back well.

The handidapper has pushed him up 4lbs in the weights which will demand more, but he could be suited by this even longer trip and still with the potential for better to come he looks worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet here.

4:55 – H&V Commissioning Services Ltd Handicap (Div I) Cl5 (3yo 0-70) 1m

DREAMSELLER (13/2, Ladbrokes) produced a career-best effort when equipped with first-time cheekpieces, beating Tails I Win at Wolverhampton earlier in the month, and Tim Easterby’s charge can follow up here returned to turf.

The Dream Ahead gelding had been a maiden prior to that success, but he had run several solid races in defeat which include finishing a half-length runner-up the time before at Thirsk behind Mecca’s Gift at Thirsk.

The cheekpieces are retained for this outing, and while he is 6lbs higher in the weights he ought to remain competitive and every chance he’ll be involved in the finish again given his largely consistent profile.

Tim Easterby

Tim Easterby can saddle an Ayr winner on Friday

5:30 – H&V Commissioning Services Ltd Handicap (Div II) Cl5 (3yo 0-70) 1m

MITIGATOR (10/1, William Hill) was a dual-winner earlier in the campaign, scoring wins at Lingfield onthe all-weather and also on the turf at Yarmouth.

Laura Pearce’s Delegator colt failed in his hat-trick bid when finishing last of ten runners at Newmarket behind Calvados Spirit, but all may not have been well with him that day and he produced a better effort back on the all-weather at Kempton latest where he was beaten only a nose behind Purgatory.

If turning up here in similar form then he is handicapped to go close where he turns out from the same mark, while his young rider takes off a handy chunk of additional weight.

This isn’t the strongest of races, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him going close here.

2019 AYR GOLD CUP FESTIVAL TIPS – DAY TWO SELECTIONS

1:40 – GRAVITY FORCE (9/2, Ladbrokes)
2:10 – ALIX JAMES (17/2, William Hill)
2:40 – ISABEAU (11/4, Bet365)
3:15 – LAST EMPIRE (15/2, Paddy Power)
3:45 – LUCKY LUCKY MAN (10/1, Paddy Power)
4:20 – ALRIGHT SUNSHINE (7/4, William Hill)
4:55 – DREAMSELLER (13/2, Ladbrokes)
5:30 – MITIGATOR (10/1, William Hill)