Ayr Gold Cup odds, tips, free bets offers: More magic from Marquand?

Ayr Gold Cup odds, tips, free bets offers: More magic from Marquand?
Nahaarr is fancied to hand Tom Marquand a second successive Saturday feature winner Credit: Getty

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Three days of fantastic racing in Scotland culminate on Saturday with the Ayr Gold Cup taking centre stage. The Gold Cup Festival is the richest Flat meeting north of the border and the six-furlong dash across the Ayr turf has attracted a field of 25.

Trainer Kevin Ryan has three contenders as he pursues a fifth win in the race but our tipster is siding with more Saturday afternoon glory for Tom Marquand after his St Leger win at Doncaster.

Ayr 3.40 – Ayr Gold Cup odds

  • Mr Lupton – 8/1
  • Stone Of Destiny – 8/1
  • Nahaarr – 17/2
  • Staxton – 12/1
  • Bielsa – 14/1
  • Wise Counsel – 14/1
  • Arecibo – 14/1
  • Air Raid – 16/1
  • Another Batt – 16/1
  • Gulliver – 18/1
  • Hey Jonesy – 18/1
  • 20/1 bar

Odds are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change. Odds courtesy of BetVictor.

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Ayr Gold Cup betting tips 2020

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Ayr Gold Cup tips

Nahaarr worth another shot

The Stewards’ Cup was one of the few things that didn’t go right for William Haggas and Tom Marquand during a splendid Glorious Goodwood for the pair. 

They appeared to have the Midas touch on the Sussex Downs but, despite NAHAARR being a heavily backed favourite for the cavalry charge, the Dark Angel colt never quite looked like he was going to justify his position at the head of the market.

He finished ninth of 27, three lengths adrift of the winner Summerghand, but it might be worth forgiving that run. Nahaarr didn’t appear to relish the Goodwood track and he certainly wouldn’t be the first horse to fall into that category.

On that basis, he’s worth a second chance and he looks set to be around three times the price at Ayr, a wide and expansive track that should be much more to his liking.

After a decent seasonal reappearance at Newmarket, he found only a couple too good in the Silver Wokingham at Royal Ascot and backed that up with a decisive Newbury win in July off a mark of 94.

Goodwood came fairly quickly after that impressive display and that could have been a contributing factor. Having won four out of five starts as a three-year-old in 2019 – Nahaarr didn’t race as a juvenile – further progress always looked likely this season. 

Newbury was a step forward and he remains one of the more unexposed contenders in this line-up. One lesser run on a quirky track can be overlooked and Nahaarr could yet prove himself capable of much better things.

Spanish City to run well

SPANISH CITY has managed only one win in 11 attempts at this distance but is fancied to have a say at a decent price for the Roger Varian team.

His form this summer entitles him to be in the shake-up. On his return from 266 days off he finished a length down on Hey Jonesy (re-opposes here) in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot off a mark of 98.

His next two starts were in deep handicaps over 7f at Newmarket and back at Ascot in July and it didn’t entirely seem to suit him going the extra distance.

That notion gained some weight with another good run back at Ascot this month over 6f, a race in which Ray Dawson had him held up off the pace before closing to be a never dangerous fifth, albeit beaten under two lengths.

Dawson retains the mount for Ayr and his 5lb claim cannot be underestimated. Early odds of 22/1 seem entirely fair.

Kevin Ryan has saddled four Ayr Gold Cup winners in Advanced (2007), Our Jonathan (2011), Captain Ramius (2012) and Brando (2016). 

The Yorkshire handler relies on Hey Jonesy (Kevin Stott) as well as Bielsa (Tom Eaves) and Major Jumbo (Megan Nicholls) and it wouldn’t be a shock to see any of them in the scrap for prizes.

Jedd O’Keefe’s Air Raid finished a close third in the Scottish Stewards’ Cup at Hamilton in July and comes here a fresh horse. He has an exceptional 38 per cent strike-rate on turf and is another well worth shortlisting in this ultra-competitive field.

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