AyrTop tipster Andrew Mount has six bets across five races on Ayr Gold Cup today including a big-priced pick in the feature race


ROYAL SCIMITAR – 2.30 Ayr

ROYAL SCIMITAR bumped into an on-song Popmaster (well to the fore in the betting for the Ayr Gold Cup later) when runner-up at Ascot last time and the blinkers could eke out some improvement here.

Clive Cox has a solid record with his course runners, including a win in this contest three years ago. Stall 9 looks perfect on yesterday’s evidence and he looks one of the only pace angles on the far side.


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VOLATILE ANALYST – 3.40 Ayr

VOLATILE ANALYST loves it here, winning both starts at this 6f trip and failing to stay 1m when fourth in his other course outing. I tipped him up that day and he ran much better than his finishing position suggested.

He blew the start, met trouble and was hit over the head by a rival’s whip. Stall 10 looks handy and he can be forgiven a disappointing effort at Doncaster last time as he did too much too soon. He lacks winning form in big fields but there’s compensation n the price.


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SALIGO BAY – 4.10 Catterick

Hold-up horses enjoyed a massive edge at Newmarket’s meeting on August 28th, with SALIGO BAY doing well to finish second in a 1m4f handicap under a prominent ride.

The winner and third both came from off the pace and he was five lengths clear of the next prominent racer to finish. This track could prove more suitable.


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TITAN ROCK – 4.50 Ayr

Poet’s Magic, beaten narrowly here on Thursday when I tipped him, is in action again but could be vulnerable given the presence of several other pace angles. I prefer the claims of stablemate TITAN ROCK, ethe mount of Jason Hart who was on Poet’s Magic last time.

He failed to handle the track at Epsom last time but had caught the eye at Chester the time before, doing best of those who raced towards the front end. This sometimes-keen sort should have the race run to suit.


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MANIGORDO - 4:50pm Ayr

High draws dominated in the 6f William Hill Great St Wilfrid Handicap at Ripon last month, with the first four home drawn 19, 17, 18 and 20 of 20. Perming the four highest-drawn runners in a £1 combination tricast would have returned £1,585 for a £24 outlay.

Tim Easterby's 33-1 shot MANIGORDO (stall 4) fared best of the far side bunch but could never get in a blow at the stands' side principals, finishing three and a half lengths behind the winner. The four-year-old had two lengths to spare over shorter-priced stablemate Music Society (stall 7), next home on his side.

He was up against another bias when third at Lingfield next time and was drawn away from where the race unfolded at Haydock last time. The step back up to 7f doesn’t look a bad idea and the likely strong pace will suit.


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MR STRUTTER – 5.45 Catterick

MR STRUTTER was only fourth of nine when the 15-8 favourite over course and distance last time but that was a Class 5 and he does his winning in a lesser grade.

His full record on turf in Class 6 company reads 117214148811512408112 (9-21) for a profit of £42.35 to a £1 level stake at SP, compared to 0-22 in Class 5 or above. Eight of the nine wins came at Catterick (five from nine runs) or Thirsk (three from five) and he’s back in the right grade today.


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Today’s Best Bets

Royal Scimitar – 1pt each-way – 2.30 Ayr (15-2 generally, William Hill and BetVictor paying six places)

Volatile Analyst – 1pt each-way – 3.40 Ayr (40-1 bet365, five places, 33-1 generally including Sky Bet, Paddy Power and Betfair, all paying seven places)

Saligo Bay – 2pts win – 4.10 Catterick (15-8 William Hill was the only price at the time of writing but I’m hopeful that we’ll beat that)

Manigordo – 1pt each-way – 4.50 Ayr (14-1 William Hill was the only offer at the time of writing)

Titan Rock – 1pt each-way – 4.50 Ayr (15-2 William Hill was the only offer at the time of writing)

Mr Strutter – 1pt win - 5.45 Catterick (no prices yet)

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