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Nic Ladds 17th Sep 2009 - 17:57

Draw could be key in the Ayr Gold Cup

If the way the draw went is anything to go by at all then it looks to be high numbers that are going to produce the winner of this year's Ayr Gold Cup which may disappoint backers of ante-post 7/1 favourite Evens And Odds.

David Nicholls' main hope (well we assume it's his main hope, he does have six entries) has been drawn in stall 3 and as the first eight names drawn were all given high numbers it appears this could be a disadvantage, although we will know more after the running of the Bronze Cup as to whether either side is favoured.

Second favourite Redford has landed a high draw, that of stall 26 although with the forecast looking good, Michael Bell's charge may not get the cut in the ground that would improve his chances and as a result there may be better current options than the 8/1 available on the second favourite.

Seeing as Kevin Ryan and David Nicholls have so many of the field it many will be search through their runners to unearth the likely winner and if you are insistent on backing on the pair's horses then perhaps Everymanforhimself could be the best option at 20/1.

Having missed a beat at the start last week at Doncaster he rallied well to finish second behind Santo Padre in the Portland and has shown in the past two races in a short space of time will not bother him and a bold show is expected from stall 22.

The race does not involve entirely around these two trainers though and big-field handicap regulars Knot In Wood, Hogmaneigh and Zidane all come here with a decent chance at 16/1, 16/1 and 20/1 respectively, but the one that really catches the eye is Ted Barron's Hitchens.

He looked the sort to land a big handicap when beating a host of useful performers at Windsor last year which included Hoh Hoh Hoh and Siren's Gift but apart from a win on his reappearance this year where he saw off Knot In Wood in a four runner race he has been slightly disappointing.

A further 2lb drop in the weights combined with what looks to be a useful draw could have him going close this time and finally living up to expectation and could reward backers at a very healthy 20/1.

Should the draw turn out to be not as vital or the Bronze and Silver Cup's give us an indication that lower numbers are the ones to be with then it could pay to have 16/1 chance Advanced on your side.

He won this race in2007 and is one of Kevin Ryan's main hopes coming out of stall 4 and the likely firmer ground won't bother him.

He was just beaten in to third behind Markab at Ripon last time out and he continues to be well handicapped on his best form, running off a mark of 99 compared to 109 when he won in 2007 and looks the pick of those drawn low.

This looks a cracking, open renewal of this great race and don't forget William Hill are offering ¼ the odds on the first four places.

We also have a fantastic competition where you can win a £50 free bet by simply picking which horses will finish first and second.

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