Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 13:45 18/09/2014
Having already advised Mass Rally at 20-1 in the ante-post market for Saturday's William Hill Ayr Gold Cup (now a best price 14-1 with Betfred and the sponsor ) it may be wise to add another selection in the hope of landing the competitive 27-runner test of speed and the horse who looks certain to go close is the Richard Fahey-trained Alben Star at a general 10-1, a price that is currently available with several bookmakers including Skybet who are paying out on the first five horses home.
The six-year-old son of Clodovil has been a model of consistency this season running well in many of the big sprint handicaps and deserves to get his head in front after placed efforts in both the Wokingham Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Stewards Cup at Glorious Goodwood. Beaten a combined total of about four lengths in those two major sprints the mount of 5lb claimer Jack Garritty only needs to reproduce either of those performances to go very close at the Scottish venue and despite a career high rating of 109 will be running off the same mark as at the royal meeting taking his young rider's allowance into account.
Splitting those two fine runs was a visit to the Curragh where, carrying the welter burdon of 9st 11lb, Alben Star was beaten a length and a half in fourth place by Line Of Reason after failing to find a clear run when mounting a challenge inside the last two furlongs. On his most recent start the horse once again put up a cracking effort to go down by just half a length to July Cup runner-up Tropics off level weights in a Newmarket Listed race. It is not in the horse's character to run a bad race and providing his draw in stall 7 does not prove a disadvantage is sure to run another fine race and possibly earn a well-deserved big race success for his connections.