Saturday International preview, UK (Ayr & Newbury), 9/18

No let down from Irish Champions Weekend as we head back across the pond for full card coverage of two big meetings this weekend. First off we head up to Scotland where fans will be in attendance for Ayr’s Historic Western Meeting, highlighted by the running of another of Europe’s top level handicaps, the Ayr Gold Cup. As well we will have a slew of talented two year olds jumping up into stakes company for the GIII Firth Of Clyde Stakes. 

At the same time we will head to Newbury where the two year olds hold center stage in the GII Mill Reef Stakes. Jockey William Buick is set to have some quality rides on the Newbury card after deciding to stay home to chase the jockeys championship, as opposed to heading to Woodbine with Charlie Appleby and the Blue Army for a shot at several Group One contests. Should be another exciting week of stakes action as we get closer and closer to the fall championships around the world!


UK (Saturday)

Ayr – First Post: 8:20 AM ET

Race 1: 2-1-5

Race 2: 2-7-4 (Doonside Cup)

Race 3: 5-8-11

Race 4: 14-5-6 (GIII Firth Of Clyde Stakes)

Race 5: 19-3-6 (Ayr Gold Cup)

Race 6: 9-5-3

Race 7: 11-8-9

Race 8: 8-9-3

Race 1 – #2 – King Of York – Found good ground to his liking LTO and with Kevin Stott in the saddle almost broke the maiden in a class 4 novice at Carlisle, but was DQ’d. We’ve seen this combination of Kevin Ryan and Kevin Stott several times before and this 2 YO looks to have some promise early in the card. Don’t think it will take long over this mile trip for King Of York to actually get off the duck.

Race 4 – #14 – Scot’s Grace – 2 year old progeny of Mehmas have continued to improve throughout that preparation and this filly is showing very similar signs of that. A strong victory on debut at Kempton and came back to run 5th in a jump up to stakes company. Will try turf for the first time after racing on the All-Weather in both career starts. Lots of promise with this filly and Daniel Muscott retains the ride here.

Race 5 – #19 – Bielsa – Has shown promise albeit the efforts in class 3 company have been his best in recent times . Will handle the distance well and both of those last races in class 2 company were better than they look on paper. This is another loaded handicap but this horse gets in well at the weights and should be a live chance here. 


Newbury – First Post: 8:10 AM ET

Race 1: 1-4-7

Race 2: 11-6-7

Race 3: 7-8-2 (GIII World Trophy Stakes)

Race 4: 4-1-2 (GIII Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup)

Race 5: 3-9-4

Race 6: 8-2-1 (GII Mill Reef Stakes)

Race 7: 8-6-4

Race 8: 9-10-2


Race 3 – #7 – Atalis Bay – If the ground comes up on the good to firm side then feel free to take a big swing with this galloper. After two efforts that were slightly disappointing, he found decent ground at Haydock and put together another strong effort. Is more than capable of putting together a solid effort against this field and if he stays double digits in the market it’s great value. 

Race 4 – #4 – Foxes Tales – Al Aasy will be the short priced favorite and is deserving based on his ability. However, Foxes Tales has continued to improve this prep and put together a huge effort when winning the GII Rose Of Lancaster Stakes. Did waver a bit in the late stages but still was able to kick away from the field that day. On his best day he can upset Al Aasy and based on form he should be primed for that day. 

Race 6 – #8 – Manaccan – William Buick jumped in the saddle LTO at Newmarket and this horse bolted up, scoring a convincing win in a class 4 novice. Bred to be a very good sprinter and after two efforts that weren’t bad he put it all together. Now needs to make a big step up in class however he retains Buick after he decides to stay in the UK as opposed to heading with the Charlie Appleby trio to Canada for a multiple Group One weekend. 

Race 8 – #9 – Tall Order – Another one for Buick that shows early talent, albeit all coming over firm ground so far. Horse has been well campaigned by Michael Bell as he stepped up to this mile and a half distance LTO and put together a very strong effort under a hand ride from Buick. Should have the ability to stay going forward based on ability and on pedigree. Very curious to see the price on this one as I think the value will be very good.

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