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Talking Horses: Ian Williams holds the Aces in bid to lift Ayr Gold Cup

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The ability to go a bit further than six furlongs is an asset in a horse seeking to win this sprint on a testing surface

The ability to go a bit further than six furlongs is a useful asset in a horse seeking to win the Ayr Gold Cup on a testing surface and Aces (3.50) fits the bill on Saturday. Ian Williams’s charge beat 15 rivals over six at Epsom this summer, then stepped up to score over seven furlongs at Newmarket.

There was little reason for optimism in his return from a break at Goodwood but any number of excuses could be made for him that day. He has soft-ground form from his days racing in France and still has a few pounds in hand, so odds of 20-1 are on the big side.

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Newbury 1.15 Masaru 1.45 Stylehunter 2.20 Desert Encounter 2.55 True Mason 3.30 Equilateral 4.05 Eligible 4.40 What A Welcome 5.15 Jackpot Royale
Ayr 1.25 Billy No Mates 2.00 Dayking 2.40 Rapid Applause 3.15 Queen Of Bermuda 3.50 Aces (nap) 4.25 Collide (nb) 4.55 Falmouth Light 5.30 Archi's Affaire
Chelmsford 1.40 Barys 2.15 Papa Stour 2.50 Saffira 3.25 Lord Riddiford 4.00 La Fortuna 4.35 Scrafton 5.05 Swordbill
Catterick 1.50 Rusper Dreams 2.25 Stronsay 3.00 War Drums 3.35 Heartstring 4.10 Question Of Faith 4.45 Preacher Man 5.20 Carlovian 5.50 Chickenfortea
Newmarket 2.10 Ever Changing 2.45 Perfect Hustler 3.20 Highland Pass 3.55 Golden Spear 4.30 Bubble And Squeak 5.00 Hameem 5.35 Curious Fox
Wolverhampton 5.10 Essaka 5.45 Alaskan Bay 6.15 Comete 6.45 Acrux 7.15 Charlie D 7.45 True Romance 8.15 Felix The Poet 8.45 Christmas Night

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