Ayr play host to their premier flat meeting of the season in the shape of their three day Western Meeting, which is always held in mid September, with the showpiece being the William Hill sponsored Ayr Gold Cup.
As per usual there is a maximum field of 27 declared for the fiercely competitive six furlong handicap, with Malton trainer Richard Fahey responsible for no fewer than five of the runners. Champion jockey Paul Hanagan (stable jockey for Fahey) would have had the pick of Fahey’s runners and he has plumped for Mayson who is a best priced 20/1 with Stan James bookmakers (£150 free bets).
One of the success stories of this year’s flat season has been trainer David O’Meara, he runs only one here in Pepper Lane who is seeking to round off a great campaign for himself and his trainer. Pepper Lane was last seen at Ripon last month when landing his fourth win of the season (third in a row) when making all to land the Great St Wilfred by a length and a half with numerous of todays rivals toiling in his wake.
That was without doubt his best victory to date though he is clearly a sprinter in fantastic form at present and with jockey Daniel Tudhope on board (who is two from two on Pepper Lane), the 12/1 on offer from Boylesports (£20 free bet) must be a great each way bet.
Of the rest, trainer Marcus Tregoning who rarely has runners in Scotland runs Darajaat here, who gets in off a nice lowly weight. Darajaat has some very solid looking form in the book and with Royston Ffrench picking up the ride the 33/1 with Sportingbet (£100 free betting offer) could well be a huge price.