Crockford looks ahead to the Ayr Gold Cup on Saturday and asks if the value in the race may come from the Group one, two and three performers.
The popular Hawkeyethenoo is currently quoted as the favourite for the six furlong sprint after his win the Stewards Cup at Goodwood – but are punters overlooking the quality of some his rivals? Eve Johnson Houghton trainer of The Cheka commented to the Racing Post this week;
“I can’t believe that Hawkeyethenoo is favourite when he never got within sight of The Cheka in the July Cup”
Crockford has some sympathies with her view given that her horse has been placed in Group One’s this year and was unlucky at Goodwood last time when just losing out to Producer. At 20/1 and being double the price of the favourite with some firms he looks excellent each way value.
Another Group performer quoted at 20/1 with firms is the recent Beverley Bullet winner – Borderlescott. Having twice won the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes he will certainly attract interest from punters who should also be impressed by his current form.
Former Ayr Gold Cup and group winners Our Jonathan and Regal Parade will also take their chance on Saturday. Last year’s winner Our Jonathan is priced up with firms at around 14/1. The 2008 victor Regal Parade is a dual Group One winner is a massive 40/1 with Ladbrokes to reclaim his title. Having run second at Bath behind Night Carnation he appears to coming back to form and may provide an excellent each way punt. The Gold Cup top weight Maarek if taking his chance on Saturday will be looking to follow up his impressive Group Three win at the Curragh last weekend. Priced at 16/1 he may not be the best of value on offer but is worth a second look.
(Featured Photograph – Borderlescott at Goodwood by Stuart Rice)
(Photograph above – The Cheka and Eve Johnson Houghton at Goodwood by Stuart Rice)