Ayr Gold Cup Betting Tips
The flat season is drawing to a close in UK horse racing, but that's not before one final trip across the border to Scotland for the Ayr Gold Cup Festival. The highlight race is run on the concluding day of the festival - however, there are still handicaps to be contested, so our tipster has taken a look across the racecards and picked out their top selections. If you’re new to horse racing or taking your first visit to Ayr, then why not check out Ayr Racecourse guide for all you need to know.
Nap of the Day
Head Mistress - 3:05 Ayr
Our Nap of the Day betting tips comes in a race exclusively for fillies. Head Mistress travels from Ireland, having won her first two career races. The most recent of those came in a five-furlong listed race at the Curragh, where she ran on to win inside the final furlong. She steps up in class here in a Group 3 and is upped in trip from five furlongs to six furlongs, but that isn't expected to cause her any trouble.
Dark Horse of the Day
Commanche Falls - 3:40 Ayr Gold Cup
The highlight race of the entire festival is the Ayr Gold Cup, and it's here where we've selected our Longshot of the Day Betting Tip. 10/1 chance Commache Falls is trained by Michael Dods, and it's expected he'll run well here given his most recent form of two victories in handicaps, one of those coming in the Stewards Cup at Glorious Goodwood. Racing well there, he made his move late for Conor Beasley. However, we suspect he'd like softer ground, so a little rain shower could improve his chances.
Longshot of the Day
Bergerac - 2:30 Silver Cup
The Silver Cup is always an anticipated race at Ayr, and it's here we've chosen our Longshot Tip of the day in the form of Bergerac. Trained by Kevin Ryan, he's enjoyed a fruitful 2021, having either won or placed in all of his races. His most recent victory came at York 12 days ago on good to firm ground, where he kept on well in the closing stages to take a half-length win. He goes again on a similar distance here, and given the conditions are to his liking, we're expecting a solid run here.
Ayr Gold Cup FAQs
*When was the Ayr Gold Cup first run?
The first Ayr Gold Cup Festival was held in 1804, and it has now become a highlight of the Scottish racing calendar.
When is the Ayr Gold Cup Meeting
The three-day meeting takes place in September. In 2021, the meeting took place between Thursday 16th September and Saturday 19th September.
What time is the Ayr Gold Cup race
Contested on the final day of the meeting, the Ayr Gold Cup is run at 3:40 pm.
What are the Silver and Bronze Cups?
Given the popularity of the Gold Cup, racing authorities have added the Silver and Bronze cup to allow horses who wished to compete in the Gold Cup to run at the festival even if they didn't manage to make the qualifying for the highlight race.
What is the distance of the Gold Cup?
Raced over a distance of six furlongs, the Gold Cup is usually a fast-paced race that favours horses who prefer shorter distances. On the race card, it's common to see horses that have competed in five, six, or seven-furlong races entered for the main event.
What races should I be looking at for horses to feature in the Ayr Gold Cup
Throughout the UK horse racing season, there are many races where punters will see Gold Cup runners, but the most famous are the Stewards Cup at Goodwood and the Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot.
*All odds from Bet UK’s online betting markets correct at the time of writing.
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