Rain key to ‘whatyoulike

Bryan Smart is keen to run Nameitwhatyoulike in Saturday's William Hill Ayr Gold Cup as long as there is sufficient give in the ground.

Bryan Smart, trainer of Nameitwhatyoulike

The seven-year-old has been in the form of his life in recent weeks, winning the Great St Wilfirid and a Listed race at York, which has seen him pick up a 5lb penalty.

Smart had mooted after the latter race he could skip Ayr in favour of a Group-race assignment in France and while that is still a possibility later in the season, a trip to Scotland will be first – weather permitting.

"If the ground is on the slow side he'll go," said Smart. "We've still got the option of going to France for a Group Three at some stage.

"He picked up a 5lb penalty for his Listed win, but he picked up £20,000 in the process. Anything could have happened before Ayr, trod on a stone or anything, we'd rather have the money.

"He owes us nothing this season and if it's fast ground he won't run, but they are due some rain.

"He'll have a big weight, but he's a big enough horse to carry it and it's not like he'll be giving two stone to anything."

Nameitwhatyoulike is 12-1 second-favourite with the sponsors behind 6-1 jolly Growl.

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