Ayr Gold Cup tips: Poyle Vinnie an each-way wager, Growl and G Force to go well
David Metcalf | September 16, 2016
Poyle Vinnie primed for Ayr Gold Cup challenge
Poyle Vinnie was a big eye-catcher last time out, so looks cracking each-way value in the feature race at Ayr on Saturday, the ultra-competitive 6f Ayr Gold Cup (15:45).
The Mick Appleby trained gelding ran a cracker in the race 12 months ago when a 1/2 length second to Don’t Touch, and is now able to race in this year’s renewal off 4lb lower.
That gives Poyle Vinnie major claims at the weights and, although he has not been at his best at times this season, he has run well to make the frame on a couple of occasions on soft ground.
This six-year-old also comes into the contest on the back of a fine third at Chester where, after stumbling at the start, he made stealthy late headway to be nearest at the finish and beaten just 1 1/4 lengths by Judicial.
It was terrific effort at a track where a quick break is essential and a huge step back in the right direction.
If building on it, then Poyle Vinnie is undoubtedly well-treated on the pick of his form and this race is sure to have been his main target all season.
Growl holds obvious claims
Trainer Richard Fahey saddled Don’t Touch it to land the spoils 12 months ago, and his sole representative this time around is Growl.
The four-year-old has been in terrific form this season, landing back-to-back contests at Nottingham and Windsor in June, then finishing a cracking fourth of 27 to Dancing Star in the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood when last seen in action.
Growl came from miles off the pace and finished with a real rattle to be beaten just 1 1/2 lengths, having race on the unfavoured stands side and was arguably an unlucky loser.
Given how the race panned out, the gelding did remarkably well to get so close and he is able to race in this off just 2lb higher.
That looks more than fair and, with underfoot conditions holing no fears, Growl looks sure to go well.
Irish raider G Force a fascinating contender
Irish trainer Adrian Keatley has a strike rate of just under 30 per cent with his runners at Ayr in the past 12 months, and saddles a very interesting contender in the shape of G Force.
The five-year-old won the 2014 running of the Group 1 Sprint Cup at Haydock when in the care of David O’Meara and was rated 118 at his peak.
G Force is now able to race off a reduced mark of 102, and comes into the race on the back of a much-improved effort when a keeping on 2 3/4 length third to The Happy Prince at Navan after getting hampered at the start.
That was just his fourth start for Keatley, so it could be that he has now found the key to getting him back on track after a spell in the doldrums.
If that is the case, then G Force looks weighted to run a big race on the pick of his back form.
Take a look at some more horse racing betting tips throughout the season on Coral news’ dedicated page.
Coral’s top tip: Poyle Vinnie shaped well last time out and looks worth an each-way wager in a typically fierce renewal of the Ayr Gold Cup. Growl is a key contender, while Irish raider G Force is capable of going well at a big price.