13/2 The Field For Ayr Gold Cup As Favourite Handed ' Unfavourable ' Draw.
The draw could play a major part in the outcome of tomorrow’s William Hill Ayr Gold Cup, after the nineteen runner 5f sprint on the first day was dominated by those drawn high.
The first three home, Mango Music, Argentine and Bravely came from stalls 18, 19 and 16, giving the impression that those drawn low to middle were at a distinct disadvantage.
The outcome of the race soon began to have an effect on the market for tomorrow’s feature, the £150,000 William Hill Ayr Gold Cup.
Long time favourite, Poet’s Place, who was as short as 4/1 earlier in the week, soon started to drift in the betting after being draw twelve, and can now be backed at 13/2 with Skybet and Paddy Power, who are currently offering a free £25 matched bet for new customers.
While David Barron’s charge is frieldless in the market, horses trained by David Nicholls have come in for plenty of support.
Victoire De Lyphar could well challenge Poet’s Place for favouritism after being handed a plum berth in stall 24, and Adrian Nicholl’s mount is now a top price 15/2 with Coral, Victor Chandler, Bet365 and totesport.
Another horse to shorten in the betting was Jonny Mudball (25), described by Ladbrokes as the best backed horse of the day, and now a 9/1 shot with that firm.
Although 8/1 chance Hawkeyethenoo is draw sixteen, trainer Jim Goldie is satisfied saying: ” If I had come out first I would have been in a real quandary. I think of the first two days the highs will probably be the best, but you are going to have a well-worn track down there and it just depends on what the weather does.”
With today’s William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup due off at 4.30 pm, it could be a case of all change again if the result fails to confirm yesterday’s impression.