Quality entries for William Hill Ayr Gold Cup

Some of the most powerful stables in horse racing have entries for the 2015 William Hill Ayr Gold Cup.

A total of 252 horses entered the £180,000 race last week and this will eventually be whittled down to 25 runners in the Gold Cup and the dame number in both the Silver and Bronze Cups.

Hamdan Al Maktoum holds three of the highest rated entries in Markaz, trained by Barry Hills, Tanzeel from the Charlie Hills yard and the William Haggas trained Mubtaghaa.

And the all-powerful Godolphin operation have a top entry with Portamento, trained by Charlie Appleby.

The current ante post favourite is Buckstay, trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam, which is 16/1 with sponsors William Hill.

Jim Goldie’s Jack Dexter is hoping to become the first Scottish trained winner of the race since Roman Warrior in 1975 and will be one of the top weighted. The Uplawmoor trainer will be praying for soft ground at Ayr come September 19.