Stewards' Cup hero Summerghand heads 207 entries for this year’s QTS Ayr Gold Cup, to be run at Ayr Racecourse on Saturday September 19.
David O’Meara’s six year-old was fourth in the race last year and the horses that finished second and third Richard Fahey’s Growl and Summerghand’s stablemate Gulliver are also entered.
Kevin Ryan, who has won the famous race four times with Brando (2016), Captain Ramius (2012), Our Jonathan (2011) and Advanced (2007), has several entries including the Wokingham winner Hey Jonesy and Bielsa, who runs in the colours of King Power Racing.
Michael Dods has Dakota Gold entered, whose previous wins include the Great St Wilfrid at Ripon and the Listed Rous Stakes at Ascot.
Other notable entries include the William Haggas trained Mubtasimah, winner of a Listed race at Newbury in June and Philip Makin’s Lahore who has been in the form of his life so far this season.
In addition to Sumnmerghand the horses who finished second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth in the Stewards Cup – Kimifive, Brian The Snail, Swindler, Chairmanoftheboard and Meraas also hold entries.
The supporting card incudes the Silver Cup, the race for those ballotted out at the final declaration stage from the Gold Cup, the Jordan Electrics Doonside cup and Scotland’s only Group race, the Scotty Brand Firth Of Clyde Stakes.
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