Racing: Attache all briefed for Gold Cup mission
Tuesday 17 September 2002
It might be the same sport as we witnessed at Longchamp on Sunday, but otherwise there will be little to connect with the activity in another racing capital this weekend.
The title of Scotland's premier track might be as prestigious as being the captain of a canoe, but Ayr is neverthless the place to be this week for the annual gathering known as the Western meeting. The coastal course is around 400 miles away from London, yet its very remoteness and a festival programme which mobilises many of the troops from Glasgow represent another change of venue and pace which characterise British racing.
Unlike Paris, you get big fields on either side of the running rails on the Ayrshire coast, as the home side tries to repel the southerners, most notably in Saturday's Ayr Gold Cup, a race first run in 1804.
The going rarely rides on the soft side at Ayr, such is the draining property of the ground, and that will be of benefit to one of Saturday's fancied runners, Michael Jarvis's Attache.
The son of Wolfhound, winner of two of his four starts since joining the Newmarket trainer from Lynda Ramsden, was cut from 20-1 to 14-1 by Victor Chandler yesterday and Jarvis believes the four-year-old has a "live chance" in the sprint if the track continues to dry out. It is currently riding good to soft according to the clerk of the course, Chris Kennedy.
"He's very well in himself and I'm hoping it stays dry this week," Jarvis said yesterday. "He can quicken off decent ground, but when it's soft he just gets bogged down in it. I was pleased with his victory at Haydock last time as he showed an excellent turn of foot to win and he heads to Ayr with a live chance if the ground is good."
Attache, who was well fancied for the Lincoln at the start of the campaign, has proved a different animal since being dropped in distance. Jarvis revealed the gelding's performance at home left him in no doubt where his abilities lay.
"He showed that much speed when we worked him that it seemed the natural thing was to drop him in trip," he added. "The reason he's won a couple is probably also because he had come down the handicap a bit as well."
Attache will not fail on a count of loneliness out on the Scottish turf. A total of 130 acceptors lined up for the race yesterday, including last week's Portland Handicap winner at Doncaster, Halmahera, who is 10-1 favourite with William Hill.
Darryll Holland, who replaced the injured, but now fit, Fergal Lynch at Town Moor retains the ride as he goes for his third success in the race. Holland's past winners are Royal Figurine in 1995 and Continent last year, and the jockey is already planning the same back to front tactics which saw him collect 12 months ago.
Croeso Croeso, Impressive Flight and Injaaz, all available at around 12-1, are also among the acceptors, as is the Stewards' Cup winner Bond Boy and Wokingham Stakes winner Capricho.
Amanda Perrett's unbeaten gelding Polar Way, winner of the Group Three Boland Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday, has been pulled out, as has another ante-post quote in the Gerard Butler-trained Compton Banker.
The £100,000 event has a safety limit of 29 runners and final declarations must be made by 10am on Thursday morning. The first 29 eliminated will have the opportunity of gaining immediate compensation by running in the consolation race, the Ayr Silver Cup, on the Friday.
AYR GOLD CUP (Ayr, Saturday)
Tote odds: 10-1 Torosay Spring, 11-1 Impressive Flight, 12-1 Attache, Halmahera, Capricho, 14-1 Bond Bay, Injaaz, Croeso Croeso, Cubism, Curfew, Indian Spark, 20-1 Funfair Wayne, Green Line, Little Edward, Royal Millennium, The Tatling, 25-1 Antonio Canova, Artie, Budelli, Deceitful, Doctor Spin, Flying Millie, Forever Times, Hurrican Floyd, Marsad, Pic Up Sticks, Tayif, 28-1 others.
William Hill odds: 10-1 Halmahera, 12-1 Croeso Croeso, Impressive Flight, Injaaz, 14-1 Capricho (from 16-1), Cubism, Curfew, Royal Millenium (from 20-1), Torosay Spring, 16-1 Attache, Bond Boy, Pic Up Sticks (from 25-1), 20-1 Artie, Brave Burt, Budelli, Deceitful, Forever Times, Funfair Wane, Green Line, Hurricane Floyd, Little Edward, Tayif, Tom Tun, 25-1 others.
Latest in Sport
How Liverpool can catch Manchester United and secure Champions League football next season
Arsenal transfer news: 'We are not close to signing anybody. We need to lose some players,' says Arsene Wenger
Danny Jones: Keighley Cougars half-back dies after cardiac arrest during league game
Chelsea season player ratings: Grading the entire squad of the new Premier League champions
Floyd Mayweather beats Manny Pacquiao by a unanimous points decision - but Pacquiao thinks he should have won, saying 'he did nothing'
- 1 Indonesia executions: Death row British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford will refuse to wear a blindfold when she faces firing squad
- 2 The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
- 3 How the language you speak changes your view of the world
- 4 Tory activist asked to step down after Labour candidate Rupa Huq is 'manhandled' while questioning Boris Johnson on the campaign trail
- 5 Uploading pictures to find out how old you are gives Microsoft the right to post them wherever they want
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: SNP and its activists 'openly racist' towards the English, Farage says
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
£28000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Senior Digital Marketing Cons...
£16640 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An Assistant Stores Keeper is r...
£16000 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an excellent opportunit...
£17000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Developer required to join a bu...