Ayr Gold Cup Betting Odds Comparison - Ayr

19/09/2020 15:40:00

2020 Ayr Gold Cup Betting

When it comes to flat racing in Scotland, there are few horse races that are more prestigious than the Ayr Gold Cup. This takes place over six furlongs and the race meeting is one of the final ones north of the border before the season transitions to National Hunt racing.

The 2020 Ayr Gold Cup was scheduled to take place earlier in the season like many other renewals although the COVID-19 pandemic means that it’s only now that we get to see horses lining up in their attempt to land a share of the spoils.

The latest Gold Cup racecard reveals a wide open race in the offing and King’s Lynn is the standout horse in terms of prestigious owner, with The Queen hoping that her charge can not only land an entry at Ayr Racecourse for this encounter but also run a strong race for her majesty.

Andrew Balding trains a horse that began his career with a second-placed finish at Windsor before claiming a maiden victory in a two-year-old race at Doncaster Racecourse nearly a year ago.

Chil Chil, Dakota Gold, Kimi Five and Nahaarr Among Favourites

We always seem to get a wide open heat when it comes to the Ayr Gold Cup and the 2020 racecard is no exception, with Chil Chil another Andrew Balding-trained horse that is edging favoritism for this race with certain bookmakers like William Hill at the time of writing.

Chil Chil was seen at Ascot Racecourse as recently as 8 August where the four-year-old obliged to win a racing handicap over six furlongs and there’s therefore no reason why we can’t expect another big performance from this horse with a lot of heart.

However, Dakota Gold looks another viable contender, with the Michael Dods-trained horse having a wealth of experience and the runner looked in tremendous shape when recently scoring at Beverley which was over five furlongs on soft ground.

Kimifive also has plenty of races under his belt although the horse proved to be underwhelming at Ripon in the middle of August after previously impressing at Goodwood.

The History of the Ayr Gold Cup

The Ayr Gold Cup was first inaugurated in 1804 and it’s one of the biggest races in Scotland, with Dazzle the most successful horse after recording a consecutive hat-trick of wins between 1889-1891.

More recently, winners have included Brando, Donjuan Triumphant and Angel Alexander, while we had an astonishing outcome in the 2018 Ayr Gold Cup where runners Baron Bolt and Son Of Rest were in a dead heat after finishing in a heap across the line.

Many punters enjoy studying the Ayr Gold Cup racecard and working out a few winners for this race and the rest of the card, with the Gold Cup traditionally a great race for each-way bettors.


We’re coming towards the end of the 2019 Flat horse racing season, although there are still several big races to take place and that includes the Ayr Gold Cup, with the bookmakers having run an antepost book for this encounter over the past several weeks.

There are only twenty-five runners that can line up for this six furlong encounter at the Scottish track, with William Hill sponsoring a race which is a real test of speed and it’s often on testing conditions, with Victory Day currently trading at 13/2 with the sponsor to win the race.

Jamie Spencer is almost certain to take the ride and the jockey previously steered the three-year-old to success at the same track on 1 August, with the horse winning the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Sprint a few weeks ago.

On that occasion, Victory Day claimed the spoils as 7/4 favourite, although this is a much sterner challenge and the horse is going to have to fend off several other classy horses in the race.

William Haggas certainly has a promising horse on his hands, having been either first or second in his three outings to date. There was a facile Maiden Stakes victory at Ripon before narrowly finishing second in a Sprint Handicap at York.

Every other horse in the race is likely to be trading at a double figure price when the declarations are announced on a 72-hour and 48-hour basis, with trainer David O’Meara having a couple of interesting runners who are likely to run well.

Cold Stare did very little in his first two outings this season, although the four-year-old then came to life at Haydock when winning the Betway Dash Handicap. That victory was on heavy ground, so O’Meara might want some cut in the turf is this stable performer is going to run well.

Summerghand is yet to score a win over six outings during the current season, with the five-year-old having notched second place on three separate visits to the racecourse and perhaps this will be the occasion where the horse strikes it lucky.

There was plenty to admire at Ripon on 17 August, with Danny Tudhope giving the horse a cracking ride to finish second behind Dakota Gold over six furlongs and that was on soft ground.

Now that Dakota Gold has been confirmed as out of the race, the field has really opened up, with connections to that horse deciding against an outing at Ayr considering that the horse would have been subject to another penalty.

Trainer Michael Dods said: "He won't run in the Ayr Gold Cup as he has another penalty. Connor said he wouldn't be frightened to go back to five furlongs in this company with a bit of soft ground – he could just let him roll instead of having to restrain him.

"There is a Group 3 at Newbury on Ayr Gold Cup day and that's a possibility."

Sir Michael Stoute has a lively contender in the race in the form of Alkraama, with the three-year-old having won on three occasions already this season and we might well see another impressive outing from this charge.

Alkraama acted well on good to firm ground at Ascot recently, finishing second behind Swindler although he has previously scored wins on the all-weather tracks of Chelmsford and Wolverhampton, while there were also encouraging performances at Doncaster and Thirsk.

Amanda Perrett is a lower-profile trainer although she has an exciting five-year-old in the form of Open Wide, with the horse having ran no less than ten times this season although this will be the first outing to Ayr.

Open Wide was narrowly third behind Alkraama in that Ascot encounter in September, while there were also recent impressive wins at Windsor and Goodwood, with punters unlikely to be surprised if this particular horse makes the frame.