Ayr preview: Venturous value in Silver Cup

Published on: September 20, 2019
Author: David Metcalf
Our 2019 Ayr Silver Cup preview features Venturous (nearest shot)

Venturous has been running well of late and is nicely treated on the pick of his form, so – at 33/1 with Paddy Power – looks cracking each-way value in the 6f Ayr Silver Cup on Saturday (14:40).

Following a long losing drought, this David Barron trained six-year-old got back to winning ways on his second start this season when scoring by half-a-length at Wolverhampton.

Venturous followed-up off 4lb higher at Redcar and has ran a cracker two starts back in the Sewards’ Sporting Handicap at Goodwood when a neck second of 23 to Poyle Vinnie off a mark of 86.

The son of Raven’s Pass looked all over the winner when taking up the running inside the final furlong only to get chinned close home in the dying strides.

Venturous has since finished an eye-catching seventh of 24 to Buffer Zone in a Premier Handicap at The Curragh six days ago when keeping on to be nearest at the finish and baeten five lengths off 89.

The winner is an ultra-progressive sort who is favourite for the Ayr Gold Cup on this card, so the form looks strong

Venturous is able to race in this off an unchanged mark, so – having been rated as high as 99 in the past – remains well-weighted on the pick of his form.

He also has underfoot conditions to suit and looks nicely drawn in stall four, from where he showed get a nice tow into the race and hopefully be produced late by jockey Robbie Downey.

Everything looks in place for a bold bid and, with bookmakers paying up to five places, it will be disappointing if Venturous doesn’t hit the frame at least.

Glenamoy Lad also appeals each-way in Ayr Silver Cup

In a typically wide-open renewal in which a maximum field of 25 are set to go to post, Glenamoy Lad also looks well worth considering each-way now reunited with Joe Fanning.

He is 1-1 on the Michael Wigham trained five-year-old having partnered him to his last success in a valuable claiming handicap at Newcastle last October off a rating of 93.

That success earned Glenamoy Lad a trip to Meydan at the beginning of the year, but he was never able to get competitive in three outings in Dubai.

He was then given a break and has shaped quite nicely in two starts since August, going down by only 3 3/4 lengths last time out when sixth of 14 to Swindler at Ascot.

Glenamoy Lad should now be spot on to do himself justice and looks to have been targeted at this by his shrewd handler who loves nothing more than to lay one out to land a gamble.

The son of Royal Applause is also able to race off the same mark as when last victorious, so is undoubtedly handicapped to make his presence felt.

At 25/1 with William Hill, who also pay five places, Glenamoy Lad looks to have more going for him than his Ayr Silver Cup odds suggest.

Orlaith fancied in Firth Of Clyde

Having taken her form to a new level when scoring last time out, Orlaith is fancied to follow-up in the 6f Group 3 Firth Of Clyde Stakes for juvenile fillies (15:15).

That came in a Listed contest over 5f at Newbury where the Iain Jardine trained daughter of Fastnet Rock showed plenty of pace to chase the leaders, before running on strongly inside the final furlong to readily account for Al Raya by three-quarters of a length.

The runner-up is a smart sort who had previously run very well when fifth of 25 to Raffle Prize in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot and has since gone on to land a Group 3 at Chantilly.

As the front two also pulled nicely clear of the third home, it gives the form a solid look and suggests Orlaith is well worth a crack at this level.

She has now won two of her last three starts, is clearly going the right way, and looks the type who should have more to offer.

Orlaith also hit the line hard at Newbury, suggesting the extra furlong of this contest should hold no fears.

Paul Mulrenan, who has partnered her two both her success, is also once again in the saddle. An official rating of 100 gives Orlaith 4lb and upwards in hand on her nine rivals.

It makes her the one to beat and she looks a worthy 7/2 favourite with Ladbrokes to go in again.

Irish raider Giga White weighted to strike

In the 7f handicap (16:55), Giga White can cash-in on what looks a lenient mark to land the spoils for top irish handler Ger Lyons.

This three-year-old son of Dark Angel has some smart for as a juvenile, finishing a fine third of 13 to subsequent Listed winner and Group 3 placed Guaranteed on his second start at The Curragh.

Giga White went on to open his account in a decent 11-runner maiden at Gowran Park when beating South Pacific by a neck in a race which has thrown-up plenty of subsequent winners.

The runner-up has won twice this season, including at Royal Ascot, and is now rated 109.

Trethias, who finished a further three lengths behind in fourth, has gone on to taste success in Listed company and also chased home Goddess in a Curragh Group 2 two starts back off an official rating of 105.

That is strong form and suggests that Giga White is potentially very well-treated off a mark of just 83.

He ran well off 5lb higher when third at Leopardstown three starts back, and this looks less competitive than the races he has been competing in of late.

It looks like a great opening for Giga White, so he looks well worth a wager at 8/1 with BetVictor to get back on the scoresheet.