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Virgin Bet Ayr Gold Cup Festival day one predictions: Revich can make it two from two at Ayr
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Enda McElhinney
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Three days of fantastic racing action get under way at Ayr on Thursday
Three days of fantastic racing action get under way at Ayr on Thursday

The Ayr Gold Cup Festival gets going on Thursday as they commence three days of action at the Scottish circuit leading towards Saturday's main event. 

The feature race on day one is the Virgin Bet Kilkerran Cup Handicap at 3pm over 1m2f. 

They race at Ayr from 1.20pm-5.20pm on the opening afternoon and we have taken a race-by-race look ahead to the action. 

1.20pm - British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes (7f)

Ralph Beckett will be confident that Baltic Voyage has a leading chance in the opener after the Frankel colt ran a pleasing fourth in a valuable York maiden last month on his second start. 

He has got to feature on any shortlist. 

However, CHUZZLEWIT was not disgraced at the same meeting in the Group 2 Gimcrack and the imposing 450,000 gns colt should have a say eased in grade now. 

Racing Post Selection: Chuzzlewit 

1.50pm - Phoenix Wealth Solutions EBF Novice Stakes (1m)

HI ROYAL made steady progress from the rear to finish a never-nearer third in the Convivial Maiden last month at York over 7f on his debut. 

Kevin Ryan's son of Kodiac should improve from the experience and stepping up to a mile already looks the way to go with him. 

That form could be boosted in the opening race here to boot. 

Richard Fahey's Reidh is another with scope to improve after one run, while newcomers Power Of Gold (Hugo Palmer) and Design (Karl Burke) command respect on pedigree. 

Racing Post Selection: Hi Royal 

2.25pm - BrandingHub For Signs & Graphics Handicap (5f)

Never Dark went very close at Doncaster's St Leger Festival last week and Iain Jardine's gelding races from a 2lb lower mark now. 

If the cheekpieces retain their effect, he has surely got a leading role to play. 

TRIPLE JAYE ran a big race from the front at Beverley last month (5f, good) on her first start since November. 

Tim Easterby's filly should be sharper for that outing and, fifth in this last year, looks primed for another go. 

Racing Post Selection: Triple Jaye 

3.00pm - Virgin Bet Kilkerran Cup Handicap (1m2f)

Revich (left) won at this meeting last year on his only previous run at Ayr
Revich (left) won at this meeting last year on his only previous run at Ayr

First Impression landed this prize in 2020 and returns having run well at York 11 days ago back from a layoff, so he is considered for in-form trainer John Quinn.

William Haggas' Al Mubhir, meanwhile, is still lightly-raced and capable of better after a silver medal at Goodwood last month. 

REVICH was below his best at York last month but, on paper, that was a stiffer challenge than this one and his earlier efforts this season were promising. 

A winner at this meeting last year over a mile on his only Ayr start, he is of interest tackling this trip for the first time. 

Racing Post Selection: Revich 

3.35pm - British Stallion Studs Scottish Premier Series EBF Fillies' Handicap (1m2f)

Simon & Ed Crisford's string remain in super form and MISTY DANCER looks one to have onside for them here. 

The Dubawi filly showed promise in three all-weather runs over the summer before powering away to win a Goodwood maiden last month on her turf bow. 

She moves into handicaps now and could have a good deal more to offer yet. 

Racing Post Selection: Misty Dancer 

4.10pm - Signsafe Traffic Handicap Division 1 (1m)

Mick Easterby's SUN HILL was a rank outsider in three novice starts prior to last month's handicap bow at Thirsk over this trip when he was not unfancied. 

He got caught for toe at a crucial stage in that contest before flying home late to finish third. 

On that evidence, it will not be too long before he is laying down the law in a race of this ilk. 

Racing Post Selection: Sun Hill 

4.10pm - Signsafe Traffic Handicap Division 2 (1m)

Last-time-out Leicester winner Shimmering Sands cannot be easily ignored in the follow-up bid for Mick Easterby as he looks to make it three wins in his last four starts. 

BASHFUL has yet to win since moving to Iain Jardine but he has slipped to a very workable mark now and perhaps the application of first-time cheekpieces will aid him back from a short layoff. 

Racing Post Selection: Bashful 

5.20pm - Virgin Bet Handicap (7f)

Things did not go to plan for EMERALD LADY on the Tapeta at Newcastle last month but the sheer ease with which Karl Burke's filly had scooted clear at Ffos Las over this sort of trip previous to that is not forgotten. 

Pierre-Louis Jamin was on board that day and the 3lb claimer returns here. 

It may be worth forgiving that AW start and sticking with her back on grass for this Ayr finale. 

Racing Post Selection: Emerald Lady


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