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Dave Nevison's top tips for Saturday: Doctor can provide tonic at Ayr

By Dave Nevison
Sat 21 Sep 2019

Our man Dave Nevison tipped a 10-1 winner at Ayr on Thursday and has five fancies for the action on William Hill Ayr Gold Cup day on Saturday.

I always try to get the Silver and Gold Cup double up at Ayr and have got pretty close in the past. I will be combining my selections in each-way doubles and hoping to hit the jackpot.

However, my best bet of the day on Saturday runs in the finale. Best of luck.

2.40 Ayr: Lahore at 8-1 with Bet365 and Savalas at a general 33-1

If the draw proves to be decisive in the Silver Cup, I am going to be right or wrong as the two I am backing will both be up the stands’ side rail if they stick to their high positions.

Lahore is not going to be the Group class sprinter connections might have been hoping but he has come back to form recently and I was grateful for the extra place offers when he finished sixth in the Great St Wilfrid in August.

He confirmed the run with a really good effort at Thirsk last time out. He is a very strong traveller and it might be that my other fancy will definitely give him a lead on the stands’ side.

Savalas, who has one way of running and is well drawn (hopefully) in stall 25, just needs to contain his energy a little better than she sometimes does.

It is interesting the headgear is removed to try and steady him a little. He is another who has regressed but showed clear signs that he had found his mark last time out and could be poised to strike.

3.50 Ayr: Buffer Zone at 6-1 with Unibet and Arecibo at a general 12-1

The Irish had a winning favourite in last year’s race and it is far from impossible they will do again.

Ger Lyons has obviously got the taste for winning prestigious British handicaps after his Ebor success and turns this one around fairly quickly after his win in a big field handicap at the Curragh on Sunday.

This is exactly the type of race that suits as he also won a 16-runner handicap in June and was narrowly beaten in a 19-runner field on his next start. Despite being hiked up considerably in the handicap, he looked stronger than ever six days ago.

Arecibo is taking a well-trodden path from the Portland at Doncaster and looks a good bet to get in the frame at least. If he gets a clear run through to deliver his challenge, he will go very close as he certainly lost ground having to switch across the wide Doncaster straight last time plus Danny Tudhope is back on board here.

5.30 Ayr: Doctor Cross at 17-2 with William Hill

This looks like the race for this five-year-old to come good in as he has been unfortunate to find himself in races not run at a particularly strong pace in all his start this season but it looks like a good gallop is guaranteed here which will really suit.

Paul Hanagan has been in form at this meeting as has, unsurprisingly, his trainer, Richard Fahey. He was beaten half a length last time at York and is 3lb better off with the winner plus I also expect the extra 300 yards to be in his favour.

Hopefully he should cap a good weekends punting and he is the best bet of the day for me on Saturday.

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