Ayr Gold Cup Day – Saturday 19th September

Today’s 2 main races are the Ayr Gold Cup (3:40) and the Mill Reef Stakes (3:25), and I fancy a horse in each race. There are good supporting cards at both tracks as well, good luck!

Here are today’s racing selections

AYR

Lullaby Moon (3.05) @ 11/1

This 2 year old filly has only raced 3 times, and she has had 3 different trainers for each of those 3 runs. She is with Ralph Beckett now, and he is renowned for being a very good trainer of fillies and mares.

She is a daughter of Belardo, so she will be best suited by some ease underfoot. That is why I am happy to draw a line through her only poor run to date at Newbury in the Super Sprint, because it came on ground that wouldn’t be ideal for her. She won well on her debut for Ralph Beckett over 6f at Goodwood, and granted the ground doesn’t quicken up too much, I think she can follow up here.

Stone Of Destiny (3.40) @ 8/1

This race is notoriously hard to find the winner of because there are so many variables at play like the draw and luck in running. If you can get a good draw and a good run through, that is a major bonus to your chance.

Champion jockey Oisin Murphy has won the Ayr Gold Cup before, and I think he has a good chance of winning it again with Stone Of Destiny (above)

A high draw is normally an advantage in big field sprints at this track, and this gelding has a high draw in 19 which is a positive. Jockey Oisin Murphy has won this race before, and I think this son of Acclamation has a good chance, granted some luck in running.

NEWBURY

Bahrain Pride (3.25) @ 7/2

This race normally throws up a very nice 2 year old colt for the future, and this son of Kodiac looks like he fits that bill. He is undefeated in his 2 runs to date, and he beat Fivethousandtoone on his debut at Windsor.

Simon & Ed Crisford have their string in fine form, and jockey James Doyle has ridden this colt to both his wins so far. I like this colt’s chance today.

Cardano (5.05) @ 11/2

This Class 3 Handicap looks quite an open contest to me, and I think this 4 year old gelding has a good chance. He returned from just under a year off the track with a very good 2nd LTO in another Class 3 Handicap LTO at Sandown.

That form looks pretty solid, and I’m hopeful that that run will have put him spot on for this contest. The booking of William Buick to ride is a real eye catcher as well.

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