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  • 14:35 William Hill Ayr Silver Cup 6f

  • (Handicap) £50,000 added 3yo+ 25 ran
  • Winner £31,125 2nd £9,320 3rd £4,660 4th £2,330
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  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 1m 11.06s
  • Off time: 14:38:56

Ayr Silver Cup preview: Saighdiur on Silver service

Last Updated: 18/09/15 10:46am

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An Saighdiur: Is a better horse with ease underfoot

An Saighdiur: Is a better horse with ease underfoot

Views from connections ahead of Saturday's William Hill Ayr Silver Cup.

Andrew Slattery is confident of a big run from An Saighdiur in the William Hill Ayr Silver Cup on Saturday.

The eight-year-old gelding has a terrific record in the big handicaps at the Scottish track as he was seventh in last year's Gold Cup, beaten just over four lengths. Prior to that he grabbed two close-up third places in the Silver Cups of 2012 and 2013.

Slattery's charge won a six furlong handicap at the Curragh last month before reappearing in the valuable 'Bold Lad' sprint handicap back at the Kildare track last weekend, in which he finished 11th after cutting out most of the running.

"He seems to have come out of the Curragh well," said Slattery.

"He missed a lot of work from his win (two runs back) as he scoped badly. I had to get a run into him before Ayr. I wouldn't read too much into last Sunday's run as he missed a lot of work. He has been scoping badly all year, but he seems back to his best.

"He would be a serious contender if it rains. The more rain the better, it will put lengths into him. He ran a cracker last year (in the Ayr Gold Cup) on ground too fast for him.

"When Declan (McDonogh) won on him at the Curragh he jumped off and said he would win the Silver Cup. He rides him again. He probably should have won the two Silver Cups he was third in.

"He has been a terrific servant. Somebody told me that he has won the most races for a horse by Acclamation - nine races."

One of the least exposed runners in the field is the Michael Dods-trained Fendale.

With Bryan Smart last year, he was unlucky in the Harry Rosebery Stakes at this meeting when all dressed up with nowhere to go.

On his debut for Dods in July he was beaten only half a length by Rex Imperator and was then off the track until York recently when third behind George Dryden.

His owner Ritchie Fiddes said: "We wanted to run him in the Gold Cup and we've ended up only just scraping into the Silver which shows you just how tough these races are.

"Michael gave him plenty of time when he got him and then he ran a very nice race at Thirsk behind Rex Imperator, who has franked the form.

"As he needs fastish ground he missed a few races, but we were able to run him at York the other week and he ran a cracker. The winner, George Dryden, ran really well in the Portland last week.

"It looked like he just blew up but he had no cover and it was his first run for over two months.

"He's going there fresh, the ground is in his favour and who knows about his middle draw.

"I'm not a fan of them as by the time you've decided which way to go the race can be lost, but we'll just have to see."

Newmarket trainer Ed de Giles was sent Boy In The Bar midway through this season with the unenviable task of improving a former Richard Fahey sprinter.

On his first run for the yard over seven furlongs at Goodwood he met trouble in running but was not beaten far in the Scottish Stewards' Cup prior to that.

"His run at Goodwood wasn't all that bad, I was keen to try him over seven furlongs as I think that is what he wants," said De Giles.

"It's not an easy task trying to improve one of Richard Fahey's, but we'll give it a go.

"I think he's a seven-furlong horse and that is what everybody says you need in the Gold Cup, so why not in the Silver?

"He's a lovely horse and I'd rather have our draw in 17 than be in seven."

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