Ante-Post Focus

Gary Nutting has a selection online for the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup at Ayr on Saturday

Published 17 September

GULLIVER is set to be on his travels again and this time it might end in a deserved victory in the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup.

David O’Meara’s five-year-old looked a little unlucky in a similarly valuable handicap at the Curragh on Sunday, doing best of the hold-up horses and overcoming trouble in running to finish third to the more prominently-ridden Buffer Zone.

The latter is now favourite for the Scottish showpiece - understandable considering he’s a relatively lightly-raced sprinter from a top yard - but whether he should be half the price of the selection is open to question.

Gulliver gets a 5lb pull courtesy of the penalty incurred by the winner and that entitles him to reverse the form with a clearer run, especially with a dry weather forecast very much in his favour.

The gelding’s last three appearances on good or faster ground have seen him convincingly win a big-field handicap at York and post a strong-finishing sixth in the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood (again encountered traffic problems) ahead of his Irish effort.

Any below-par displays in between have been down to soft ground or, in the case of Chelmsford two outings ago, bad draw/longer trip.

Although a pound ‘wrong’ due to this being an early-closing race, he’s still only 3lb above his York-winning mark, the form of which received a tidy boost when runner-up Growl landed the Great St Wilfrid consolation event at Ripon last month.

Gary provides regular ante-post updates on Twitter. His username is @horsetraderinfo.@horsetraderinfo

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