THE Ayr Gold Cup has received a record amount of 241 entries, which is the richest sprint handicap in Europe.
Headed by a host of quality sprinters, including Mick Easterby’s Hoof It, recent York winner Doncaster Rover from the David Brown yard, the Richard Fahey pair Majestic Myles and Mayson and Jim Goldie’s Hawkeyethenoo, the eventual 27-strong field should ooze class.
David Nicholls, who has saddled six winners from the last 11 runnings of the race, including last year’s victor Redford, has 28 entries and there are also previous winners entered in Advanced (2007), Regal Parade (2008) and Jimmy Styles (2009).
Sponsors William Hill have installed the James Fanshawe trained Macs Power as 12/1 favourite with Hoof It, David O’Meara’s Pepper Lane and Kanaaf from Ed Dunlop’s yard all at 14/1.
Jockeys expected to be in action on the day include Frankie Dettori, successful in 2009 on Regal Parade and on Redford last year, current champion jockey Paul Hanagan, Silvestre de Sousa and Jamie Spencer.
The entry beats last year’s then record of 207 and Ayr Racecourse Sales and Marketing Manager Lindsey Smith commented: “This shows the standing in which the race is held within the racing industry.
“To have the quantity and quality of entries that we have is fantastic for the race and for the sponsors. We look forward to another great William Hill Ayr Gold Cup.”
The William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival runs from Thursday September 15 until Saturday September 17.