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2020 Ayr Gold Cup Odds and Tips – Odds, trends, draw and two horses to back

  • Here’s our guide to Saturday’s Ayr Gold Cup
  • This Class Two Handicap will be the big betting race during the ITV Racing coverage on Saturday
  • Mr Lupton heads the betting after winning a huge handicap during Irish Champions Weekend
  • We bring you the latest ante-post odds, the draw, some key trends, before highlighting two runners to watch out for
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Ayr Gold Cup. (Getty)

Here’s our Ayr Gold Cup guide, including odds, the draw, some key trends and our Ayr Gold Cup tips for Saturday 19th September.

Saturday’s ITV Racing coverage features several high-quality pattern races. The biggest race of the day, though, is undoubtedly the Ayr Gold Cup. 25 of the best sprint handicappers will go head-to-head in this historic handicap, with a lucrative first prize of £46k.

The final field for Saturday’s feature is yet to be confirmed. That doesn’t mean we can’t look through the possible runners and try and figure out which horses to back. Here’s our guide to the 2020 Ayr Gold Cup.

2020 Ayr Gold Cup Odds

Best Odds
Top Bookie
Mr Lupton8/1bet365
Nahaarr9/1William Hill
Stone Of Destiny10/1Unibet
Bielsa14/1William Hill
Wise Counsel14/1bet365

*Odds taken on 17/9/20*

2020 Ayr Gold Cup Key Trends

  • 15 of last 15 winners had run at least 4 times that season
  • 14 of last 15 winners had run within the last four weeks
  • 12 of last 15 winners aged between 3 and 5
  • 12 of last 15 winners went off at 10/1 or longer
  • 12 of last 15 winners ran at Class 2 level or above last time out (Other 3 all won at Class 3 level)
  • 12 of last 15 winners had previously won on softer ground
  • 11 of last 15 winners didn't win last time out
  • 10 of last 15 winners weighted between 8-12 and 9-04
  • 10 of last 15 winners rated between 98 and 105
  • 10 of last 15 winners had run at Listed level or above in their careers

2020 Ayr Gold Cup Draw

1 Lexington Dash
2 Rayong
3 Soldier's Minute
4 Young Fire
5 Gabriel The Wire
6 Another Batt
7 Kynren
8 Hey Jonesy
9 Spanish City
10 Lahore
11 Mr Lupton
12 Barbill
13 Nahaarr
14 Air Raid
15 Staxton
16 Major Jumbo
17 Koropick
18 Wise Counsel
19 Stone Of Destiny
20 Gulliver
21 Cold Stare
22 Bielsa
23 Wentworth Falls
24 Bungee Jump
25 Arecibo

Nahaarr bolts up at Newmarket. (Getty)

2020 Ayr Gold Cup Tips

Nahaarr E/W2020 Ayr Gold Cup TipsGET 9/1 HERE
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I was all over NAHAARR (Was 14/1 now 9/1) in the build-up to the Steward’s Cup. William Haggas’ four-year-old looked a pattern-race performer in the making when winning at Newbury on his previous start, and I felt he had plenty of room to progress off his fresh mark of 101. Sadly, the well-backed favourite didn’t produce his best on the day, finishing a well-beaten ninth.

Haggas has given his four-year-old plenty of time to recover from that effort, and Nahaarr has responded well to similarly long breaks. The handicapper has dropped his rating a pound from where it was at Goodwood, and Summerghand’s presence would leave Nahhaarr carrying just 9-00 into battle.

The ground at Ayr can get very testing, which would be a big negative for Nahaarr. The weather forecast, however, is very good leading into Saturday feature, and we’re extremely likely to get genuinely good ground. At 14/1, I think Nahaarr is a great each-way ante-post bet.

Barbill E/W2020 Ayr Gold Cup TipsGET 22/1 HERE
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I’d also like to draw your attention to BARBILL (Was 33/1 now 22/1), who looks to have the ideal profile, based on the key trends I outlined above. Mick Channon’s charge endured a winless campaign in 2019, but results this term have been much more encouraging.

Barbill won first time out off a mark of 92, before labouring home on unfavourably fast ground in the Steward’s Cup. Channon’s charge then travelled to Chester, and made the most of a kind inside draw to win his second handicap of the season. 

Tom Marquand took the ride on Barbill in the Portland Handicap last weekend, but the duo was severely hampered after just a few strides as the sprinters around him battle for a position. Despite being on the back foot from that point onwards, Barbill stayed on to place sixth, just a length behind Yimou in third.

Having ended his juvenile campaign with a Listed victory out in France, Barbill spent last season running in pattern races of carrying big-weights into very competitive handicaps. Channon’s charge has made the most of lowly marks to win twice already this term. Yet, Barbill remains two-pounds short of the mark he started out with in 2019, and he’s more than capable of running well under a weight of 9-2. 33/1 is an excellent price.


Nahaarr may have let me down when I backed him in the Stewards' Cup, but I think William Haggas' charge can make up for it on Saturday. (Was 14/1 now 9/1)

Barbill has also been in very good form this season, and I feel he's massively overlooked sitting on 33/1. (Was 33/1 now 22/1)

2020 Ayr Gold Cup Tip 1: Nahaarr Each-Way @900 at William Hill - 8 Units
2020 Ayr Gold Cup Tip 2: Barbill Each-Way @2200 at bet365 Sport NJ - 5 Units

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