Ayr Gold Cup Betting
Aside from the 32 Group One races that feature on the annual horse racing Flat calendar, the Ayr Gold Cup is one of the showcase events outside of group company. A maximum of 27 runners can line up for the 6f sprint and given the luck in running that a winner will need, the unpredictably of the race means that longshots in the Ayr Gold Cup betting have almost as much chance of victory as the favourites.
Avoid the favourites in the Ayr Gold Cup betting
In fact, favourites have a horrid record in the Ayr Gold Cup betting. Since 1986, only one favourite has been successful in the handicap, which was Coastal Bluff in 1996. All of the winners since have been at double-figure prices, with Joveworth (50/1 in 1987) being the longest Ayr Gold Cup odds winner in recent memory.
The Ayr Gold Cup odds reflect the open nature of the race and it is that tough to pick a winner that Duke Of Firenze looks set to go off favourite this year at double-figure odds. Although the draw at Ayr is not known to have a bias, to win the Ayr Gold Cup a horse will need gaps to appear at the right time. Meanwhile, being slow from the stalls and missing the break is an error that is virtually impossible to recover from.
Dandy Nicholls-trained horses warrant respect in Ayr Gold Cup odds
With Dandy Nicholls having trained the winner of the Ayr Gold Cup on five occasions since 2000, his runners are certainly worth looking out for. Among his collection of sprinters this year are Tax Free, Beacon Lodge and Rodrigo De Torres. In terms of jockeys, Frankie Dettori also has a respectable Ayr Gold Cup record and any mount that he rides should be respected.