Paul Mulrennan: No problems being Billy No Mates at Ayr

By Paul Mulrennan
Fri 21 Sep 2018

Read jockey Paul Mulrennan's thoughts each week in his regular Friday column and get his thoughts on the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup and the Silver Cup.

My trainer Michael Dods always targets the Ayr Gold Cup meeting and goes into Saturday armed with a host of chances, possibly headlined by Billy No Mates in the QTS British Stallion Studs EBF Nursery Handicap.

He’s a horse we’ve always rated and I put him up in the column when he won at Thirsk a couple of weeks ago. He’s improving all the time and he’ll be a good three-year-old.

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He’s not drawn the best in stall 10, but if he can overcome that then he’d probably be Michael’s most likely winner on the card.

Billy No Mates is the least exposed of Michael’s runners and we kind of know where we are with the other runners - but that’s not to say they don’t have chances.

The big race is the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup, in which I could see Get Knotted running a big race. He ran well when I rode him to finish second in the Silver Cup at the meeting a couple of years back

On testing ground, which it certainly will be, you almost need to be a seven-furlong horse to win the Ayr Gold Cup, and that’s just what he is.

I’m a fan of Growl too, who’s run so consistently in a lot of the big handicaps this season without getting his head in front. He’ll like this deep ground and this could be his day.

Dakota Gold ran a fine race to finish fourth in the Portland at Doncaster last week and makes a quick reappearance in the William Hill Ayr Silver Cup Handicap. He will not mind the conditions and he deserves to win a race like this.

I wouldn’t put anyone off backing Kings Gift, either. He runs in the William Hill Leading Racecourse Bookmaker Handicap. He has won two of his three starts at Ayr, including a nice handicap last month, and appreciates a bit of cut which he did not get at York last time.

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Toast for Callum Rodriguez:

Finally, I haven’t congratulated Cal Rodriguez in this column after he lost his claim when successful on Mustaqbal at Carlisle last week.

He’s a good up-and-coming rider and anyone watching at Ayr on Thursday would have seen a great example of his talents when getting Handsome Bob up to win close home.

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