The Ayr Western Meeting was abandoned on Thursday after heavy rain overnight on Wednesday. The course was waterlogged an fear began to grow regarding the Gold Cup meeting on Saturday. Thankfully, it passed its morning inspection yesterday and racing went ahead. With no further rain forecasted the Ayr Gold Cup looked sure to go ahead. Although, it got punters focusing on those horses proven in testing conditions. Todays selection MAAREK is one of these. A horse with an obvious love for mud, he has won on heavy ground twice in his career, with the bulk of his best form coming on testing to soft ground. When the ground gets really testing at Ayr, its well-known that those drawn low to middle get the run of the race. MAAREK and the well-backed Our Jonathan fulfil these placings – first and fourth in this race last year. MAAREK, however, has improved leaps and bounds since then and has shown no signs of tiredness when recording a career best in Group 3 company in the mud at the Curragh. He does burden a 5lb penalty for that romp but has Mark Enright on board today, an apprentice who negates 5lb. The form says it all, winning four of his last six races, even powering into sixth in the Wokingham when the ground had seemingly dried out. MAAREK does have top weight to carry through the mud but he looks the type who has a big sprint handicap in him and couldn’t be in better form in ground where he’s at home.
NAP – best bet of the meeting
NB – next best bet of the meeting
NAP – best bet of the day
NB – next best of the day
IWAC – in with a chance
A point refers to a set number ($1, $5, $10 etc).
(AW) = All Weather surface
(IRE) = Ireland meeting
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1.30 Market Town 7/4 3 point win
2.05 Cameron Highland 5/4 NAP 6 point win NAP
2.35 Heavy Metal 6/1 2 point win
3.10 Mister Music 15/2 1 point EW
3.45 Swiss Spirit 6/1 2 point win
4.20 Bright Strike 6/4 NB 3 point win
4.55 Brazen 11/2 2 point win
5.30 Wahylah 10/1 1 point EW
1.40 Cocktail Queen 10/1 1 point EW
2.10 Graphic Guest 15/8 NB 3 point win
2.45 Tamayuz Star 10/11 NAP 5 point win
3.20 Surprise Moment 11/4 2 point win
3.55 Bernie The Bolt 12/1 1 point EW
4.30 Jacob Cats 4/1 2 point win
5.05 Trojan rocket 4/1 2 point win
1.45 Cheveton 6/1 1 point win, Arctic Feeling 22/1 1 point EW
2.20 Spinatrix 14/1 1 point EW
2.50 Royal Rascal 2/1 NB 3 point win
3.30 Maarek 12/1 1 point EW, The Cheka 18/1 1 point EW
4.05 Pearl Castle 7/2 2 point win
4.40 Opara Gal 6/5 NAP 5 point win NB
5.15 Fathsta 14/1 1 point EW
5.45 Getabuzz 6/1 2 point win
1.55 George Rooke 5/4 3 point win
2.30 Lady Mandy 11/1 1 point EW
3.00 Steer By The Stars 9/2 2 point win
3.40 Party Line 11/4 NB 3 point win
4.15 Shaleek 6/4 NAP 4 point win
4.50 Highlife Dancer 11/1 1 point EW
5.25 No Quarter 5/1 2 point win
5.55 Thrust Control 11/2 2 point win IWAC
2.30 Enchanted Forest 11/4 2 point win
3.05 Drive Time 7/4 3 point win
3.35 Fair Dilemma 13/8 3 point win
4.10 Missunited 15/8 NAP 4 point win
4.45 Saoirse Dun 22/1 1 point EW
5.20 Benefficient 6/4 NB 3 point win
5.50 Sally Swansong 4/1 2 point win
6.20 Theresnoneedfordat 7/4 NAP 5 point win
6.50 Restless Bay 11/4 3 point win
7.20 Done Dreaming 3/1 NB 3 point win
7.50 Exceedexpectations 7/1 2 point EW
8.20 Ocean Applause 11/4 2 point win
8.50 Levi Draper 6/1 2 point win
9.20 Iceman George 5/2 3 point win
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