Ayr Gold CupDaryl Carter has a plethora of tips for Saturday's excellent afternoon cards at Ayr and Newbury. Check out top man's selections below and claim a Bet £10 - Get £40 bonus at 888sport!


KINGS LYNN - (2.15 Newbury, 1pt win - 4/1)

KINGS LYNN'S run here in the Hackwood can be easily excused given he was likely over the top after two tough races at Royal Ascot, and the 63-day break is a positive sign.

He would have gone close in the Group 1 Kings Stand given a clear run, and he sets the form standard. The rain-softened ground will play to his strengths, and this looks a very good opportunity for him to score, and deservingly so.


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STRIKE RED - (2.30 Ayr, 0.5pt each-way - 16/1)

A chance is taken on STRIKE RED, who has improved with every single start this season and has very few negatives to his name for Richard Fahey. He is 1lb wrong at the weights here but has shown signs that he could easily be 100 horse.

His form has worked out well at every turn, and his strong finishing effort will be seen to good effect in a race where they tend to go very hard early on. Things could just set up well for him


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KING LEONIDAS - (3.25 Newbury, 1pt win - 7/1)

John Gosden has a 50% (1-2) record when bringing horses back from 400 days off the track or more, and, interestingly, his winner came at this meeting last year when ridden by James Doyle. Doyle partners KING LEONIDAS today, and he could potentially be a group horse on the evidence of two of his three runs as a three-year-old.

It's interesting that connections persist with him, likely because of the ability he showed when last seen, and this was a horse well fancied for the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot at one point. He could be the class-act against handicappers in this race.


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OSTILIO - (15:40 Ayr, 2pts each-way - 12/1)

Today could be the day where OSTILIO put's it all together, and I have long been crying out for him to go up in trip to this 6f. He is building to a bigger performance and caught the eye, staying on strongly at York over 5 1/2f when he did the best of those from off the pace when it paid to be ridden prominantly.

He then ran a blinder in the Beverley Bullet and finished with a power packed punch over 5f there against some confirmed 100+ horses. He is now 14lbs lower than when Paul Midgley picked him up, and you would like to think that this has been the plan.

His RPRs are rising again, and his handicap mark is falling. He is effectively running off of a handicap mark of 93 under the jockey claim and has got in at the bottom of the weights. He is drawn well next to the pace angles in the race, and this trip looks spot-on on all known evidence, so he must go close granted luck in running.


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SUMMERGHAND - (15:40 Ayr, 1pt each-way - 14/1)

SUMMERGHAND, since 2020 in handicaps, has form figures of 22110, and his latest 0 was an eye-catching effort in the Stewards Cup off a handicap mark of 109 when denied a clear run. He put that right at Newmarket next time, easily beating Tabdeed, giving him 5lbs to tie the form in with today's favourite.

He was only beaten 3 lengths in the Group 1 Sprint Cup at Haydock last time, and he has a 33% (4-9) strike rate on fast ground over 6f in handicaps. He has a class edge and will look to follow Brando, who won this off 110 and Donjuan Triumphant 109. A good 5lbs claimer negotiates his penalty, and he was a staying-on fourth in this race in 2019, so we know he handles the track. He must hit the frame.


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GUBBASS - (4.00 Newbury, 1pt win - 4/1)

GUBBASS sets the standard here with his Prix Morny fourth, and he was better than the bare result on that occasion behind Perfect Power when denied a clear run.

He returns to Newbury, for which he won the Super Sprint, and he has taken significant steps forward in his last two runs. He should have too much pace for this favourite Dahab.


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REDARNA - (4.50 Ayr, 1pt win - 5/1)

REDARNA loves it here at Ayr with a record of six victories from eight runs and a neck second, with the other coming over 1m2f a trip for which he failed to stay. He is only 1lbs higher for his latest victory here over 1m, but his optimum trip is 7f with five wins and a neck second.

He is in good form after shaping well at Carlisle last time, and the return to this venue is a big positive.


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DARYL CARTER'S BEST BETS

KINGS LYNN - (2.15 Newbury, 1pt win - 4/1)

STRIKE RED - (2.30 Ayr, 0.5pt each-way - 16/1)

KING LEONIDAS - (3.25 Newbury, 1pt win - 7/1)

OSTILIO - (15:40 Ayr, 2pts each-way - 12/1)

SUMMERGHAND - (15:40 Ayr, 1pt each-way - 14/1)

GUBBASS - (4.00 Newbury, 1pt win - 4/1)

REDARNA - (4.50 Ayr, 1pt win - 5/1)


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