It is a big day this Saturday on the West Coast of Scotland as Ayr’s Western Meeting culminates with the Ayr Gold Cup, supported on ITV Racing by a good card at Newbury including the Mill Reef. Here are three horses (if they run!) to keep half an eye on……..
Sainted (110++) – Ayr Gold Cup - 16/1
William Haggas’ chestnut filly, a sister to fair sprinter Telmeyd, has looked progressive this season on ground with give in it and registered a figure good enough to win black type last time at Haydock. That will obviously be the target in the near future but the lure of of £130,000 to the winner of the Ayr Gold Cup may just be too tempting for connections, though she needs one to come out at declarations on Thursday. At home over six or seven furlongs, Sainted has the perfect profile of a winner of this race and with improvement likely, will be a much shorter price than the 16/1 currently available, presuming she gets in at the bottom of the weights.
Fabricate (113++) – Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup stakes (formerly the Arc Trial) - 13/2
Has had his problems but since Michael Bell dropped him back to ten furlongs Fabricate has been much improved, clocking a career best last time at Windsor. The worry has to be the extra furlong at Newbury on Saturday, especially if conditions become testing, but rejuvenated and with confidence high, the way he travelled at Haydock in the Old Newton Cup suggests eleven furlongs is within his compass.
Teodoro (105++) – Dubai Duty Free Handicap - 14/1
Winner of his last three races, Tom Dascombe’s big, rangy three year old has progressed well since dropping back to ten furlongs and has relaxed with the fitting of a hood. This son of Teofilo looks 'well in' on our figures given more improvement, Newbury will suit and though he is only raced on good or faster his half brother, Altruistic, handled softer. There is every reason to believe he can go well here and have a good Autumn, possibly contesting group races though that may come in 2018.