SmarketsFor Saturday’s racing there are seven meetings across the UK And Ireland, with top quality cards at Ayr and Newbury, while Newmarket play host to a Cesarewitch trial too.

Today’s top five comes straight out of the big two races, the Ayr Gold Cup and MIll Reef Stakes, with four selections in the big Scottish race, splitting the experts opinion. Check out who is catching the eye, among the journo’s and tipsters below.


1: Buffer Zone 3:50pm Ayr (4 Votes)

Buffer Zone) is the favourite for the Ayr Gold Cup and comes in off a strong run of two wins and a second in the last four starts under jockey Colin Keane, as this partnership begins to flourish. This will be the horses first trip to Ayr, but all signs are positive.

(Daily Record, Garry Owen. Gloucestershire Echo, Melissa Jones . Sunday Mail, Rockavon. Yorkshire Evening Post, Lee Sobot)


2: Arecibo 3:50pm Ayr (4 Votes)

Arecibo will look to continue their solid form for David O’Meara, having placed twice in three recent starts. The step up to six furlongs should give them a better chance in the closing stages, as they look to repeat the feat of their only career win at this venue, when winning a class three in July.

(Irish Herald, Ian Gaughran. Racing Post, Postdata. The Guardian. Wolverhampton Express & Star, Andrew Bladen)


3: Summerghand 3:50pm Ayr (4 Votes)

Another David O’Meara runner and another potential winner here. Consistency is key, with the five year old placing or better in 58% of twenty-nine career starts. Followed a fourth place in the Stewards Cup at Goodwood, with a runner-up place in the Great St.Wilfrid at Ripon.

(Irish Daily Star, Brian Flanagan. Scottish Sun, Jim Delahunt. The Leader, Arthur Shone . The Scotsman, Glendale)


4: Hey Jonesy 3:45pm Ayr (3 Votes)

The last of the four Gold Cup tips, is Hey Jonesy, who has performed well in class one company, most notably in the Wentworth Stakes at Doncaster, when second to Donjuan Triumphant. A month off should see them return to track fresh and raring to go.

(Ipswich Star, Matt Polley. Liverpool Echo, Chris Wright. Morning Star, Farringdon)


5: Pierre Lupin 2:55pm Newbury (2 Votes)

The favourite for the Mill Reef Stakes is the last of our five, with the Roger Varian trained runner impressing on debut at Haydock, winning by three and a half lengths. Mystery Power looks the only threat here.

(Daily Telegraph, Marlborough. Jersey Evening Post, Rory Paddock)

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