Racing: Saturday preview

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Go Far was out of luck at Doncaster last week but can enjoy his moment in the spotlight as he makes a quick return to action in the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup.

Alan Bailey’s charge has made plenty of progress in the second half of the season, winning by five lengths at Yarmouth in July off a mark of just 79, before defying a 9lb rise to double up at on Town Moor the following month.

The four-year-old then rolled on to Wolverhampton where he proved equally at home on the Tapeta surface as he ably dealt with another 8lb hike to hold off Foxtrot Romeo and secured the penalty that sees him make the cut for the Scottish showpiece.

Bailey decided to chance his arm in the Portland first, but nothing really panned out in his favour as Go Far, who likes to come from behind, could not find room at the crucial point of the race.

He was never nearer than at the finish and while nothing was ever going to beat the winner Muthmir, he could well have been much better than sixth with some luck.

The recent spell of dry weather is certainly in Go Far’s favour and he has a fair draw in stall 14 in what is always a competitive race.

Foxtrot Romeo also takes his chance at the Scottish venue in the William Hill Ayr Silver Cup and has sound claims judged on his Wolverhampton run.

Second in the Irish 2000 Guineas back in 2012, he once boasted a rating of 114 but had fallen right down then handicap with a string of lacklustre efforts for Johnny Murtagh before he was switched to the care of Marco Botti this term.

Botti also struggled to recapture his best but after falling to a perch of 88, he has been steadily making progress again and posted a recent best behind Go Far when clearly appreciating a drop back to six furlongs.

* Selections -

AYR: 1.30 Gabrial The Viking, 2.05 War Alert, 2.40 Foxtrot Romeo, 3.15 Sky Hunter, 3.50 GO FAR (NAP), 4.25 Jacob Black, 5.00 Earth Drummer, 5.35 Merchant Of Dubai.

CATTERICK: 2.10 Kyllach Me, 2.45 Fast Charlie, 3.20 Scrafton, 3.55 Muzaahim, 4.30 Indira, 5.05 Corn Maiden, 5.40 Smart Alec, 6.10 Running Reef.

LISTOWEL: 2.00 Old Laxey, 2.35 Baily Dusk, 3.10 Bruff, 3.45 Safe Home, 4.20 Lean And Keen, 4.55 Noah Webster, 5.30 Allez Encore, 6.00 Windsor Park.

NEWBURY: 1.20 Yeenaan, 1.50 Glorious Protector, 2.20 Strath Burn, 2.55 Air Pilot, 3.30 Mecca’s Angel, 4.05 Harlequin Striker, 4.40 McCreery, 5.15 Above The Rest.

NEWMARKET: 1.55 Moonlight Sonata, 2.30 Lady Of Dubai, 3.05 Hundi, 3.40 Ballymore Castle, 4.15 Entihaa, 4.50 Jontleman, 5.25 Rewaaya, 5.55 Dream Spirit.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.50 China Excels, 6.20 Ashkari, 6.50 Itsindebag, 7.20 Lady Bubbles, 7.50 Belgrade, 8.20 Night Party, 8.50 Lacock, 9.20 Heinrich.

DOUBLE: Go Far and Foxtrot Romeo.