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Paul Mulrennan: My Ayr Gold Cup chances and Saturday rides

By Paul Mulrennan
Fri 17 Sep 2021

The winners continue to flow for Racing TV ambassador Paul Mulrennan and our man gives you the inside guide on his Saturday chances, including in the feature £150,000 Virgin Bet Ayr Gold Cup. Enjoy all the action live on Racing TV.

Touch wood, things have been going really well lately. I’ve ridden something like ten winners over the past fortnight, including doubles at Redcar and Ayr.

In fact, it was nearly a treble at Redcar on Tuesday with Major Snugfit doing all of the hard work - and indeed everything right - before frustratingly being caught close home.

Vertiginous was electric when winning the Listed British EBF Stallions Harry Rosebery Stakes in course record time today (Friday).

She's a very smart filly with a lot of natural speed. She had the race won at the gates and it's interesting that Winter Power and Quiet Reflection have been among the previous winners of the race. Hopefully, she's one to look forward to next year.

To then win the Bronze Cup on Call Me Ginger was tremendous.

It was also brilliant to get the Ayr meeting off to such a positive start courtesy of Northern Express and Invincibly on Thursday, and I have four really good rides there on Saturday, with the rain that fell on Friday afternoon very welcome for them.

Virgin Bet Ayr Gold Cup chances

Just Frank is my mount in the Virgin Bet Ayr Gold Cup (3.40pm). He bolted in at Thirsk, with his trainer Les Eyre opting to wait for this prestigious race as opposed to setting course for last week’s Portland Handicap at Doncaster.

He’s a very straightforward horse, and I’m happy with his draw in stall 18. He doesn’t have to make the running, although he does appreciate racing close to the early pace. For a horse that has only run 12 times, he’s been very good to connections. Les has had a long career in racing and demonstrated that when given the ammunition he can produce the goods. From a personal perspective - having won the Bronze and Silver Cup previously - it would be nice to add the Gold Cup to the collection.

In the Virgin Bet Ayr Silver Cup (2.30pm) I don’t know a great deal about my mount Tinto, but historically I’ve always done reasonably well when riding for Amanda Perrett. He hasn’t won for a while (June 2020; now rated 10lb lower) but was keeping on when third at Ascot on his most recent appearance. It’s possible to build a reasoned case with regards his chance – finished in the midfield in the Stewards’ Cup in July - and he’s certainly not making the long journey north for a haircut.

 Paul Mulrennan hopes for more success aboard old favourite Euchen Glen this weekend (Photo: Focusonracing)
Paul Mulrennan hopes for more success aboard old favourite Euchen Glen this weekend (Photo: Focusonracing)

The Listed Doonside Cup (1.55pm) represents a slight drop in class for Euchen Glen. He’s done great for us this season and ran a solid race in this contest last year when fourth to talented pair Addeybb and Lord Glitters. Glen has a strong overall record at Ayr (211114) and is best suited by a left-handed track. Nevertheless, we respect the other runners and recognise that this will be a very tough race to win. It would be an extra special occasion for all concerned if we’re able to land the spoils. Jim (Goldie) doesn’t train far from the track and the Ayr Western Meeting is more or less the last hurrah of the Flat season on the northern circuit.

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Finally, I’m booked to ride Canonized in the Group 3 Firth of Clyde Stakes (3.05pm). However, as she also holds an entry in the Listed Harry Roseberry Stakes here on Friday (2.10pm) we’ll wait and see what transpires. Assuming that she does run on Saturday, she’ll be competing over 6f for the first time and it’s worth highlighting that her dam (Sainted) was a 6f-7f winner.

 Paul is a fan of the inaugural National Racehorse Week)
Paul is a fan of the inaugural National Racehorse Week)

Let's embrace National Racehorse Week

We’ve witnessed the positive side of social media this week with Great British Racing, Racing TV, Sky Sports Racing, ITV, the Racing Post and many others drawing together to promote National Racehorse Week.

This kind of initiative provides the opportunity to shine a spotlight on our sport and I’m fortunate to be in the position to be able to give a little back. Throughout the week, I’ve offered to donate a single riding fee per day to the New Beginnings Charity. Based near York, New Beginnings has made the pledge to offer ‘a safe and secure life’ for many former racehorses. Please do keep up the positive work.

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