Timeform bring you their comprehensive runner-by-runner guide to Saturday's Ayr Gold Cup and pick out their 1-2-3...
"...did well to finish as close as he did when fifth in the Stewards' Cup last month..."
Timeform on George Bowen
1. PERFECT PASTURE (Michael Easterby/Nathan Evans)
Won listed race at Doncaster in March, but well-beaten last of eight to Kimberella in listed race at Chester last time and looks vulnerable under top-weight.
2. GEORGE BOWEN (Richard Fahey/Sebastian Woods)
Won handicaps at York in May and Hamilton in July. Shaped well when fifth in Stewards' Cup at Goodwood last time, having to weave through, and very much one to consider.
3. ICE AGE (Eve Johnson Houghton/Scott McCullagh)
Won handicaps at Newbury in May and Windsor in July. Again ran creditably when seventh in handicap at the Curragh six days ago and should be suited by conditions, though this demands a career best.
4. JUSTANOTHERBOTTLE (Declan Carroll/Ger O'Neill)
Won handicaps at Redcar in May and Nottingham in June, and proved better than ever when second in Stewards' Cup at Goodwood in August. Well below form when fourth of five in listed race at York last time, however.
5. KIMBERELLA (Richard Fahey/Connor Murtagh)
Won minor event at Thirsk in April and listed race at Chester in August. Same mark as when fifth in the 2016 renewal of this and should be in the mix following good third in listed race at York last time.
6. GUNMETAL (David Barron/Joe Fanning)
Produced career best when winning 20-runner handicap at Ripon last time, leading group and finding plenty. Different conditions forecast here, but merits consideration all the same.
7. MAJOR JUMBO (Kevin Ryan/Finley Marsh)
Won handicap at Newmarket in April and ran creditably when neck second to Kimberella in listed race at Chester last time. Another bold show anticipated from this consistent four-year-old.
8. SON OF REST (Fozzy Stack/Chris Hayes)
Posted best effort this season when half-length second to Havana Grey in Flying Five Stakes (5f) at the Curragh six days ago, nearest at the finish. Will be a tough nut to crack off this mark if reproducing that form.
9. G FORCE (Adrian Paul Keatley/Clifford Lee)
Won handicap at Naas in April and faced stiff task when well held in Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh last time. Off 119 days and percentage call is to look elsewhere.
10. BARON BOLT (Paul Cole/Cameron Noble)
Won two of six starts so far this year, doing well under circumstances when recording latest of those in 12-runner handicap at Goodwood last time, not ideally placed. Good deal more will be needed under a penalty here, though.
11. MUNTADAB (Roger Fell/Tony Hamilton)
Shaped as if still in good form when ninth in handicap at Chester (7.6f) last time, but others hold more persuasive claims back down in trip here.
12. FLYING PURSUIT (Tim Easterby/Rachel Richardson)
C&D winner who resumed winning ways in handicap at York in July. Ran respectably when four lengths sixth to Gunmetal in handicap at Ripon last time and looks sure to give another good account.
13. SUMMERGHAND (David O'Meara/Daniel Tudhope)
Won handicap at Newmarket in August and not beaten far when midfield in handicap at the Curragh six days ago, nearest at the finish. Others preferred.
14. NAADIRR (Kevin Ryan/David Probert)
Temperamental sort who won handicap at Doncaster in March, but was back to his old tricks when last of four in minor event back there last time, very slowly away. Others make more appeal.
15. GROWL (Richard Fahey/Paul Hanagan)
Sixteen runs since last win in 2016, but posted several good efforts in defeat, including when third of 10 in handicap at Chester last time. Runner-up in 2016 renewal of this and has to be feared. Cheekpieces back on.
16. GOLDEN APOLLO (Tim Easterby/David Allan)
Not seen to best effect when ninth of 21 in Portland (5.5f) at Doncaster seven days ago and has to enter calculations judged on his effort at York in July when a neck second to Flying Pursuit.
17. STAXTON (Tim Easterby/James Sullivan)
Won handicap at Newmarket in July and ran creditably in first-time cheekpieces when third in handicap back there last time. Needs a couple of these to falter, though.
18. TERUNTUM STAR (Kevin Ryan/Kevin Stott)
Well-beaten last of 20 to Gunmetal in handicap at Ripon last time. Clearly didn't give his running that day and can make his presence felt if on-song.
19. ACES (Ian Williams/Richard Kingscote)
Two wins from four runs this year, including handicap at Newmarket in June. Well held at Goodwood last time, however, and something to find on form.
20. GORING (Eve Johnson Houghton/Edward Greatrex)
Two wins from five runs this year, but off the track since finishing down the field at Royal Ascot and essentially opposable back down in trip.
21. TOMMY TAYLOR (Kevin Ryan/Tom Eaves)
Ran creditably when third in handicap at Ascot last time. Remains on a workable mark and live each-way claims with conditions more suitable this time for connections that won this with Brando in 2016.
22. GET KNOTTED (Michael Dods/Callum Rodriguez)
C&D winner who won handicap at York (for third consecutive year) in July and ran respectably when eighth at same venue last time. Back down in trip and likely to find a few too good.
23. BRIAN THE SNAIL (Richard Fahey/Jack Garritty)
Unreliable sort who has gone off boil since recording latest win at Doncaster in June. Needs the application of first-time cheekpieces to spark a revival.
24. TANASOQ (Paul Midgley/Connor Beasley)
Course winner who has won four times already this term, but only eighth in listed race at Beverley last time and looks up against it.
25. UPSTAGING (Paul Cole/Conor McGovern)
Ran respectably when seventh in handicap at Ascot last time. Blinkers back on, tongue strap on first time and new headgear combination needs to spark improvement.
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Timeform Ayr Gold Cup Analyst Verdict
GEORGE BOWEN did well to finish as close as he did when fifth in the Stewards' Cup last month and, back on a stiffer track and with conditions no problem, the 6-y-o gets the nod. Offically 10 lb well-in following his fine recent effort in a Group 1, Son of Rest is obviously appealing but he's plenty short enough in the betting. Stablemates Flying Pursuit and Golden Apollo both merit respect.
Timeform Ayr Gold Cup 1-2-3
1. George Bowen
2. Son of Rest
3. Flying Pursuit