Man On The Spot: V for Vinnie!
Resident tipster Man On The Spot previews the eight races from Ayr and Newbury that will be shown live on More4.
Poyle Vinnie (yellow) can win the Ayr Gold Cup
DARTMOUTH carries a Group 2 penalty and has never encountered ground this soft but the King George third is the class act so is taken to concede weight all round. Algometer is the dark horse and probably danger as he won a Listed race at Goodwood in May which has worked out well and then took his chance in the Epsom Derby, though hasn't raced since. Tashaar has a lot to find on these terms and Robin Of Navan and Ayrad also have some improving to do and are unproven on the surface.
BLETCHLEY's ability to handle soft ground has to be taken on trust but she has the best form in the race. A losing favourite in the Group 2 Cherry Hinton at Newmarket on fast ground, she had earlier suffered a narrow-margin defeat in the Albany at Ascot. Drumfad Bay and Belle Meade have yet to threaten in pattern races but the latter's stablemate Rosebride won a handicap in good style at Leicester last time. Shamsaya is another winning handicapper and handles most types of going and Partitia landed a conditions race at Chester last month. Stormy Clouds won a valuable sales race at York recently but may prefer faster ground.
GLOBAL APPLAUSE finished ahead of last week's Flying Childers second Legendary Lunch on soft going in the Norfolk Stakes at Ascot in June. He was also ahead of Grey Britain, Medici Banchiere and Unabated when fourth in last month's Gimcrack and may be able to take advantage of the absence of Mokarris. The once-raced Harry Angel might need this and the filly Perfect Angel disappointed in a Group 3 at Salisbury last month but the drop to six furlongs could be a good move for Repton. A reproduction of his Vintage Stakes fifth on his penultimate start would be enough to put him in the mix although he obviously has to prove himself on the ground and bounce back from his run in the Solario Stakes.
Richard Fahey trained the first two home last year. There's no Tatislu this time round so runner-up GEORGE BOWEN is taken to go one better off a lower mark and is preferred to stablemates Nuno Tristan and Stamp Hill. The latter also has a shout on the likely soft ground while the selection will need to reverse latest running at the Curragh with runner-up Intisaab, who looks best of the David O'Meara contingent. Get Knotted's earlier win at York came over 7f on fast ground while though Intense Style beat Eccleston at Doncaster in June he fell victim to Handsome Dude at the same track last week. Roudee won at Ripon recently and Flying Pursuit gets first-time blinkers after going close at York. Shipyard, Hoofalong, Godolphin's Kickboxer and the Irish raider An Saighdiur all look high enough in the weights at present.
Several bang in-form handicappers contest this valuable prize. WHAT ABOUT CARLO is bidding to reprise last year's success and is a pound lower. He should be a working man's price and can give supporters a run for their money again with the ground having turned in his favour. Older horses have won the last two renewals, though three-year-olds have more than held their own down the years. Scarlet Dragon is improving at a rate of knots but is one of many that could find conditions testing. Muzdawaj should cope, however, and can reverse Haydock running with the penalised Lord Ben Stack. Baydar has always looked as though he would handle an easy surface and was completing a hat-trick when beating a number of these at Sandown last month – the excellent Josephine Gordon takes off 3lb. Imperial Aviator beat Autocratic in the spring and could play a part in first-time cheekpieces while the consistent Passover makes each-way appeal again.
The progressive Morando won his handicap debut easily enough but the assessor has taken no chances and raised him 10lb for scoring at Chester in June. GARCIA, on the other hand, has an apprentice's allowance in his favour today so is effectively only 1lb higher than when successful at Haydock in May where he landed a hat-trick. Haley Bop won in a lower grade contest at Chester last week and is upped 5lb but most of the remainder are struggling to get their heads in front off their current marks. However, Two For Two went close when third at Ripon last time and 2013 Ayr Gold Cup winner Highland Colori was narrowly beaten at Ascot last month but Bahaarah has proved better on a faster surface so far.
Connections of Muthmir, just behind Alpha Delphini and Willytheconqueror in a blanket finish at Beverley last time, are thwarted at every turn in their bid to find fast ground and the six-year-old misses out again. Robert Cowell runs three with SPIRIT QUARTZ probably the pick under the conditions. The eight-year-old revels in the mud and proved he was no back number when winning at Tipperary on his penultimate start. Goldream hasn't been in the same form this year as when landing the Prix l'Abbaye just under 12 months ago while Charlie Hills' Cotai Glory's confidence has taken a few knocks recently. Lord Of The Land has winning form on heavy in France to his name and may be sharpened up by the return of the visor he wore when running well in the Hackwood here in July
Magnus Maximus is one of several on a winning run but is penalised 8lb after scoring at Ascot last time. Nameitwhatyoulike and Hillbilly Boy are also progressive and beat the same horse when landing Listed sprints at York and Chester respectively. They start from opposite ends of the draw but the handicapper may have caught up with Orion's Bow now as both he and stablemate Kimberella were well behind Nameitwhatyoulike last time. Brando was ahead of Glen Moss and Absolutely So when second in the Wokingham at Ascot in June and the former's stablemate Teruntum Star will relish the soft ground under Pat Smullen. Richard Fahey bids to repeat last year's success and relies on ante-post favourite Growl today, who is now 8lb higher than when scoring in soft ground at Windsor. Lulu The Zulu could go well but Michael Appleby also runs last year's runner-up POYLE VINNIE, who was ahead of Hoof It, Rivellino and Jack Dexter last term and is at his best on soft ground. Final Venture needs to improve off his current mark while Aeolus, Johnny Barnes and Ascription have all been competing in pattern company though the latter is making a belated seasonal reappearance.