Kevin Stott has a good book of rides on Ayr Gold Cup day, including Bielsa in the feature race itself.

Here are the jockey’s thoughts…

Ayr – Saturday

King Of York, Nursery Handicap (1:20)

He was unlucky to get the race taken away in the stewards’ room last time at Carlisle due to him being green when hitting the front.

He has been gelded since and his homework has been very good.

He’s still unexposed and improving, so this looks a nice opportunity on his first handicap start.

Juan Elcano, Doonside Cup Stakes (1:55)

He’s had a great season so far and has improved again this year.

He is very effective at this level as he proved when winning the Wolferton at Royal Ascot and 10f looks his ideal trip.

He’s very straight forward and I imagine from stall 2 we will just try to track the pace.

Euchen Glen has had a busy year but can’t be underestimated. I imagine Palavecino will set the pace and so hopefully we can just get a nice lead off him.

Juan’s homework has been great since York and hopefully, he can add another Listed race to his CV.

Magical Spirit, Ayr Silver Cup Handicap (2:30)

He was an impressive winner of this race last season and is a horse who seems to come to himself at this time of the year.

He ran very well at Ascot last time over a stiff 5f and this 6f should suit him even better once again. He would appreciate a drop of rain but it’s not crucial.

I was drawn exactly the same last year so being in stall 4 isn’t much of a worry, hopefully, it’s a lucky stall again for us! I have high hopes that we can repeat last year’s success.

Hala Hala Athmani, Firth Of Clyde Fillies’ Stakes (3:05)

She absolutely bolted up first time out at Carlisle and gave me a really nice feel.

As a half-sister to Hello Youmzain, she’s from a great and talented family. She is a big filly and anything she can do this year is a bonus.

I’m drawn around plenty of fancied runners so hopefully, I can just get a nice lead and see how she travels into the race.

It’s a big step up now she’s in Group 3 company but she deserves to take her chance and I’m looking forward to seeing how good she could potentially be.

Bielsa, Ayr Gold Cup Handicap (3:40)

Bielsa is a horse I get on really well with having partnered him in all four of his winning starts.

He’s been running exceptionally well in big handicaps this year and really deserves to get his head back in front.

I’m drawn widest in 25 which isn’t ideal but hopefully, I can get a lead into the race and finish well.

My slight concern is a lot of the pace looks to be drawn middle to low.

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