Alkaraama to land the silver
Stoute's three-year-old can go one better than Ascot second
IT's the big afternoon of the Flat season up at Ayr with the to big cavalry charges going to post.
The William Hill Gold Cup is always competitive while the consolation race, the Silver Cup, for those who didn't quite get into the big one is open as ever.
Our man Paul Mulrennan actually has solid claims in both with Lahore and Good Effort, but he may have to play second fiddle in the Silver Cup to ALKARAAMA (2.40 Ayr).
Michael Stoute's three-year-old was an excellent second of 14 in a very competitive contest at Ascot last time, snapping a winning run of two successes at Chelmsford.
It showed he is still very firmly on the improve and, having not been raised from that handicap mark of 94, he looks set to go very close indeed here and is the one to beat.
In the big one, David O'Meara has a strong hand and ARECIBO (3.50 Ayr) can return to the winners' enclosure at the scene of his last success.
It has here over five furlongs that the four-year-old last won but he has been running some super races in defeat since.
Most notably, he was a superb fourth in last weekend's Portland Handicap at Doncaster, just a length behind the winner, running off a rating of 100.
What makes us so keen on his chances today id that the handicapper has loosened his grip on Arecibo and he is nicely handicapped from a mark of 98 today tucked away towards the foot of the handicap.
Danny Tudhope continues to ride out of his skin too and would have had his pick of the O'Meara runners, so his booking is another positive and the pair can land this tasty pot.
Newbury's Arc Trial, the Dubai Duty Free Legacy Stakes, looks a ice little heat despite only five going to post and John Gosden's WALDSTERN (2.20 Newbury) could be the value call.
He was impressive when winning a Newmarket handicap a few weeks back and even though he won't emulate his father Sea The Stars by going on from here to win the Arc, he can certainly do us a good turn this afternoon.
Finally, PIERRE LAPIN (2.55 Newbury) is chosen to emulate his half brother, the top-class Harry Angel, by winning the Mill Reef Stakes.
He bolted up on his only start and has been given time since. He is an exciting prospect and can make it two from two in this.
2.55 pierre lapin