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  • 15:50 William Hill Ayr Gold Cup 6f

  • (Heritage Handicap) £155,000 added 3yo+ 26 ran
  • Winner £96,488 2nd £28,892 3rd £14,446 4th £7,223
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 12.65s
  • Off time: 15:51:26

Captain Ramius out of Ayr Gold Cup

Last Updated: 21/09/13 10:55am

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Jack Dexter (left) runs but Captain Ramius is out

Jack Dexter (left) runs but Captain Ramius is out

Last year's winner Captain Ramius is a significant late absentee from the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup.

The Kevin Ryan-trained gelding was successful 12 months ago under Pat Smullen, and was set to be reunited with his Irish rider for the first time since that success.

The seven-year-old had been as low as 12-1 with some firms, but was declared a non-runner this evening having been injured in his box.

Proud Scotsman Jim Goldie has his heart set on ending 38 years of hurt for the country of his birth when he saddles Jack Dexter and Hawkeyethenoo.

Roman Warrior, trained by Nigel Angus, was the last Scottish horse to get on the roll of honour, but Glasgow-based Goldie feels he can put paid to the long lean spell.

Jack Dexter has made giant strides since running away with the Bronze Cup last September and looks like having his favoured soft ground. His draw in stall 22 also looks particularly favourable after high numbers dominated in this afternoon's renewal of the Bronze Cup.

While Hawkeyethenoo (nine) would prefer a drier surface, he is a consistent as well as smart performer and was fourth in the Betfred Sprint Cup last time.

"It looks like the rain has hampered Hawkeye, but the more the better for Jack Dexter. It was very wet last year and Jack loved it," Goldie told Racing UK.

"Hawkeye is in great form, Hoof It was just in front of us so the two of them bring Group One form. The ground won't be as bad as last year.

"It occurred to me I probably had the Ayr Gold Cup winner last year in Jack Dexter but we've won another three or four races and ended up with top weight.

"We've waited for this since June, I've wasted a lot of money on entry fees waiting for his ground and it hasn't come but he's certainly got it now."

Tropics has had a tremendous season so far, winning four of his seven starts, though he could not quite justify favouritism in the Stewards' Cup at Glorious Goodwood when sixth to Rex Imperator.

However, the in-form sprinter goes to Scotland on the back of a Listed success at Newmarket.

Trainer Dean Ivory said: "He's in great nick and Jim Crowley is very confident. He really believes in this horse and I just think he's got a wonderful chance.

"We won't know about the draw (26) until after the race. We've got Hoof It and a few others around him with a bit of pace and our horse likes to come with a run.

"He's in great form and we expect a big run."

Gabriel's Lad was beaten favourite in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot, but has bounced back with a first and a second over seven furlongs on his last two starts.

Trainer Denis Coakley expects the drop in trip will not inconvenience his four-year-old.

"Hopefully he'll run a good race, he seems in good form," said the West Ilsley handler.

"He's been running over seven recently but he has been placed in good six-furlong races and the jockeys who've ridden him think it wont be a problem dropping him back to six."

Richard Fahey lifted this prestigious six-furlong handicap with Fonthill Road in 2006 and has three runners this time in Baccarat, Heaven's Guest and Majestic Myles.

The former, winner of the Great St Wilfrid Handicap at Ripon, is the Malton trainer's main contender.

"Baccarat looks to be the number one for us, but you never know in these races. We're happy with him and everything's gone according to plan," said Fahey.

"It looks like there's more to come from him. His work is getting better and he's getting more professional.

"Majestic Myles has had a bad season. From a genuinely unbelievable horse, he's just lost his way, for some reason.

"He ran in this race with top weight one year (2011). It just shows you how far down he's come, but we're happy with him and he has to bounce back.

"Heaven's Guest has had a fantastic season. At the beginning of the season you wouldn't have thought he'd end up in the Ayr Gold Cup.

"I just felt he was a bit over the top at Goodwood last time. We freshened him up, we're happy with him at home and hopefully he can bounce back, but he needs to."

Since Highland Colori was touched off a short head by Mass Rally in last year's Silver Cup, connections have had Gold on their minds.

"Evan Sutherland, who owns him, is a Scot and was keen to have this on his agenda, so it was always the plan to have a go," said trainer Andrew Balding.

"He's in great form and will love the ground. He picked up a penalty for winning at Warwick, but I've booked Oisin Murphy, who has a useful claim, and you'd hope he can run well."

Hoof It is likely to be prominent from the off after being handed stall 24.

The Mick Easterby-trained six-year-old has not won since the 2011 Stewards' Cup but showed he was back in business when taking third place behind Gordon Lord Byron in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock.

Easterby's son and assistant, David, said: "Three off the fence he can get out early and be a trailblazer.

"With the form he showed at Haydock, on softer ground than we were wanting, he's run a good race.

"We can only hope he can progress again."

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