Saturday Preview – Lyon in the Zone for the Ayr Gold Cup

Can Buffer Zone win the 2019 Ayr Gold Cup for Irish trainer Ger Lyons?

This weekend ITV Racing welcomes a jam-packed programme of entertainment for racing fans and punters alike. Here are our views on the racing set to take place at both Ayr Racecourse and Newmarket Racecourse.

Ayr

William Hill Foundation: Uniting Against Dementia Handicap

The one-mile William Hill Foundation Handicap is set to welcome 12 runners to the field.

David Barron’s Kynren has been knocking on the door of major handicaps and deserves to get back on the score sheet. On the five-year-old’s last outing he finished third in a strong handicap at York and this slight step-up in trip might just help.

Irreverent is trained by Richard Fahey and Paul Hanagan is set to take the ride. The three-year-old experienced his third win of the year at Thirsk on his last run where he beat Smile A Mile comfortably.

Smile A Mile who is trained by Mark Johnston has run creditably on his last two outings. It will be interesting to see what the son of Slade Power can bring this time around to another face-off with Irreverent.

Selection: Irreverent

William Hill Ayr Silver Cup Handicap 

Top Newmarket trainer Sir Michael Stoute trained Alkaraama will be a force to be reckoned with in this six-furlong contest. The lightly-raced three-year-old has been progressive in handicaps and connections will be hopeful after he finished second in the Fever-Tree handicap at Ascot earlier this month he can make all the running.

Paul Mulrennan takes the ride on Philip Makin trained Lahore. Another strong contender, the five-year-old was a close second at Thirsk last month.

Other entries to keep an eye on include Rae Guest trained Show Stealer set to be ridden by Richard Kingscote and Admirality who is trained by Roger Fell.

Selection: Lahore

Orlaith pictured winning at Newbury in August

William Hill Firth Of Clyde Stakes

The Group 3 William Hill Firth Of Clyde Stakes is run over six furlongs and is open to two-year-old fillies to compete. Ten runners are set to go to post.

Iain Jardine trained Orlaith won a Listed Race at Newbury on her last outing and connections will be hopeful the daughter of Fastnet Rock will make it two out of two wins. It should be noted however ground conditions will be drier at Ayr than on the previous run.

Irish jockey Oisin Murphy takes the ride on Archie Watson trained Lambeth Walk. A major form player, the daughter of Charm Spirit has run well on her last two outings in Group and Listed races.

Mark Johnston’s Rose Of Kildare could be one to watch at an each-way price. The daughter of Make Believe has made solid efforts to date. Joe Fanning is set to do the steering.

Selection: Orlaith

William Hill Ayr Gold Cup

The feature race of the day at Ayr is the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup which is run over six furlongs and welcomes a maximum field of 25 runners, who are all in the bid for the Ayr Gold Cup.

Ger Lyons trained Buffer Zone has a big chance and Colin Keane is set to do the steering. Since moving to Lyons yard the son of Bated Breath has won twice on turf over six furlongs. Connections will be hopeful the four-year-old will stay on continued form after his last outing where he stormed home to win at the Curragh.

Gulliver who is trained by David O’Meara had a good win at York over six-furlongs in July. The five-year-old finished third to Buffer Zone at the Curragh on his last run, so it will be interesting for the two to meet again so soon.

David O’Meara has a strong hand on the card with another four runners which include Summerghand who will be ridden by David Nolan who has run well in three top six-furlong handicaps this summer and is coming off the back of a good run at Ripon where he finished second.

The York-based trainer also runs Arecibo, Cold Stare and Intisaab.

Selection: Buffer Zone

Newbury

Dakota Gold pictured winning at York last month ridden by Connor Beasley

Dubai International Airport World Trophy Stakes

The first race to be aired by ITV from Newbury Racecourse is the Group 3 Dubai International Airport World Trophy Stakes where eight runners are set to go to post.

Connor Beasley takes the ride on Michael Dods trained Dakota Gold who is on a real roll at the moment and is the ante-post favourite for this five-furlong contest. With four straight wins to the five-year-olds name, he will be a real contender to beat.

Equilateral is set to be ridden by Ryan Moore. The four-year-old who is in training with Charles Hill is another strong contender after a Listed win at Doncaster on his last outing.

Ger Lyons trained Blue Uluru who is set to be ridden by Andrea Atzeni and may be one to keep an eye on the betting market at an each-way price.

Selection: Dakota Gold

Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup Stakes

The Group 2 Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup Stakes is set to be run over one mile and three furlongs and is set to host just five runners.

Desert Encounter who is trained by David Simcock will be the horse to beat. The seven-year-old gelding has won on his last two outings, the latter being a Group 3 at Windsor last month.

Ryan Moore takes the ride on Pondus who is trained by James Fanshawe. The three-year-old has finished second on his previous two outings and connections will be hopeful he can return to the winners’ circle this time.

Another entry to keep an eye on is the John Gosden trained Waldstern had an impressive win at Newmarket last July and will be all out to win this Group 2 contest.

Selection: Waldstern

Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes

The Group 2 Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes is run over six furlongs and welcomes eight runners.

Richard Hannon runs Mystery Power and Ryan Moore is set to ride. This is the two-year-olds fourth career appearance.

Roger Varian trained Pierre Lapin won on his debut outing last May where he won a 6-furlong contest at Haydock. Connections will be hopeful the son of Capella Sansevero can make it two out of two.

Marcus Tregoning trained Impressor is another respected entry. The son of Footstepsinthesand won with ease on his last outing at Sailsbury and is one to watch, at least at an each-way price.

Selection: Impressor E/W

Dubai Duty Free Handicap

The Dubai Duty Free Handicap is run over one mile and two furlongs and 13 horses are set to go to post.

John Gosden trained Forest Of Dean is constantly improving and is the horse to beat in this handicap. Robert Havlin is set to do the steering. The three-year-old has won on his previous two outings, can he make it a hat-trick of wins?

Caradoc is a lightly raced four-year-old and heads to the Newbury track in good form. The Ed Walker trained son of Camelot put on a strong performance atYork on his last outing to finish third, definitely one to watch.

David Menuisier trained Migration finished second on his latest run at Sandown and can be upgraded a shade since the experience. A respected entry, one to be overlooked.

Selection: Caradoc

Saturday Preview – Lyon in the Zone for the Ayr Gold Cup
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