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Saturday Horse Racing Tips

It’s Gold and Silver Cup day at Ayr this afternoon, and with the ground riding heavy the six furlong trip will take some getting in both contests.

Ayr Silver Cup Handicap     

Those conditions should suit SHARED EQUITY in the Silver Cup, who won over seven furlongs on soft ground earlier in the season. He is still well enough treated if he can re-produce that level of form here and his low berth will hopefully see him on the right side of the track.

Also drawn low is COLD STARE who, at three, should still be improving. He showed a real liking for soft ground at Haydock last time out and he is trained by one of the best handlers of sprint handicappers around, David O’Meara.

The other one to back is an outsider drawn high.

This is a drop in trip for HAYADH, which may suit given underfoot conditions. He’s been unlucky in running on recent starts and so is better than his bare form figures might suggest.

Quick Look could prove to be the big danger.

Shared Equity (ew)2.40 Ayr14/1Bet365
Cold Stare (ew)2.40 Ayr12/1Bet365
Hayadh (ew)2.40 Ayr25/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Ayr Gold Cup      

In the main event, the Gold Cup, MUNTADAB makes plenty of appeal and he’s drawn in the middle, so can go either way depending on how the Silver Cup pans out. The soft ground is key to this horse and he’s been running well over seven furlongs on unsuitable ground all summer.

Also drawn in the middle is ACES.

Regular followers of our tips will know that we are massive fans of Ian Williams and this horse had some good form on very soft ground in France before joining the dual purpose maestro.

He won twice on better ground earlier in the season, before returning from a break at Goodwood recently. He looks to have been laid out for this.

There are dangers everywhere and Kevn Ryan has a particularly strong hand with four good runners. However, for those looking for a shock take a chance on BRIAN THE SNAIL.

This horse is clearly much better than his form suggests and has always been highly regarding by Richard Fahey. He won on soft as a two year old and perhaps these conditions will be the making of him.  He has first time cheek-pieces on too.

Mantadab (ew)3.50 Ayr12/1Bet365
Aces (ew)3.50 Ayr16/1Betfair
Brian The Snail (ew)3.50 Ayr40/1Bet365

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The Fight Against Parkinson’s Handicap      

ITV’s action from Scotland starts with another handicap, this time over a mile. Here we like BORDERFORCE who bounced back to form for his new yard on soft ground at Ripon last time out. His two wins in France came on very soft and heavy ground.

The consistent Fire Brigade is an obvious danger, but at a bigger price take a chance on SET IN STONE, who’ll love the conditions and the return to a mile.

Borderforce (ew)2.00 Ayr15/2Bet365
 Set In Stone (ew)2.00 Ayr40/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Firth Of Clyde Stakes     

Conditions will be tough for the two year old fillies in the Firth Of Clyde Stakes at 3.15pm, where GLASS SLIPPERS looks to have a big chance. Her breeding suggests she’ll cope with the ground and she’s looked on the upgrade in winning her last two starts.

Once raced SUMMER DAYDREAM is also interesting at a nice price as she won her only start convincingly on heavy ground.

Glass Slippers (ew)3.15 Ayr7/1Bet365
Summer Daydream (ew)3.15 Ayr14/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Legacy Cup Stakes      

Over at Newbury we can’t resist supporting another David Elsworth runner given how well his horses have done for us this season.

In contrast to most of his runners, DESERT SKYLINE has been a disappointment through the summer and has failed to make the impression in the big Group 1 staying races that many of us thought he would. However, he drops significantly in class and trip today and could outstay his rivals if more rain hits the Berkshire track.

Desert Skyline (ew)2.20 Newbury16/1Bet365

All odds quoted are subject to change

Mill Reef Stakes      

The big race on the card there is the Mill Reef, which looks to be between Shine So Bright and TRUE MASON. We slightly prefer the latter as he may cope better with any softening of the ground.

True Mason (win)2.55 Newbury5/2Bet365

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