Published 2020/08/26

The David O’Meara trained six year-old who finished fourth in the race last year, has been allocated 9st 13lbs and gives 6lbs to next top rated Dakota Gold, from the Michael Dods stable, who has been running mainly in Group and Listed company.

The highest rated three year-old in the field is the Mark Johnston trained Meraas winner of the Scottish Stewards’ Cup at Hamilton in July who is due to carry 9st 1lb.

The four year-old Wise Counsel who recently ran third in a Listed race at Goodwood and won a Class 3 handicap at Ayr on Gold Cup day last year, is in off 8st 12lbs and the Clive Cox trained gelding looks as if he’s been trained with this race in mind.

The Tim Easterby trained Staxton who won the Great St Wilfrid at Ripon 12 days ago will probably need another win before Gold Cup day to guarantee a run in the race as his current BHA rating is on the low side and he may have to make do with a slot in the QTS Ayr Silver Cup.

Kevin Ryan has trained four Ayr Gold Cup winners including Brando in 2016 and his Wokingham winner Hey Jonesy is set to carry 9st 4lbs while the same stable’s Major Jumbo just touched off in the Listed Queensferry Stakes at Chester this month is a 1lb higher in the weights.

Current ante post favourite is the Andrew Balding trained Chil Chil who has 8st 8lbs to carry.