Timeform bring you their comprehensive runner-by-runner guide to the Ayr Gold Cup on Saturday and pick out their 1-2-3.
"Looked a sprinter to follow before latest effort, so well worth another chance."
Timeform on Nahaarr
1. Gulliver (David O'Meara/Jason Hart)
Below form when 7¾ lengths eleventh of 22 to Mr Lupton in handicap at the Curragh (6f, good to soft) 6 days ago. Generally below form this term and mark leaves no room for manoeuvre.
2. Kynren (David Barron/William Carver (5))
Below form thirteenth of 23 in handicap (16/1) at Royal Ascot (8f, good to firm). Off 94 days. Down in trip. Has undergone wind surgery since last seen, but mark demands more.
3. Major Jumbo (Kevin Ryan/Megan Nicholls (3))
8¾ lengths seventh of 9 to Starman in listed race (22/1) at York (6f, good) 13 days ago. Not at best of late and mark doesn't look appealing.
4. Hey Jonesy (Kevin Ryan/Kevin Scott)
Unreliable individual. Latest win in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot in June. 20/1, nineteenth of 27 in handicap at Goodwood (6f, good to firm) 49 days ago. Others make more appeal.
5. Lahore (Phillip Makin/Rowan Scott)
2 wins from 6 runs this year. 16/1, below form eleventh of 21 in handicap at York (5.4f, good) 31 days ago, having to weave through. Seems to have lost his edge for now.
6. Mr Lupton (Richard Fahey/Billy Garritty (5))
Best effort for some time when landing 22-runner handicap at the Curragh (6f, good to soft) 6 days ago, keeping on well. Has been ever better in the past, so warrants respect under a penalty.
7. Barbill (Mick Channon/Franny Norton)
Latest win at Chester in August. 18/1, respectable 4¼ lengths sixth of 21 to Stone of Destiny in handicap at Doncaster (5.6f, good to firm) 7 days ago. Needs another career best.
8. Nahaarr (William Haggas/Tom Marquand)
Latest win at Newbury in July. Below form ninth of 27 in handicap at Goodwood (6f, good to firm, 3/1) 49 days ago. Looked a sprinter to follow before latest effort, so well worth another chance.
9. Bielsa (Kevin Ryan/Tom Eaves)
Fifth of 7 in handicap at Haydock (6f, soft) 15 days ago. Generally underwhelming this season, so others make more appeal.
10. Wise Counsel (Clive Cox/Daniel Tudhope)
Course winner. 18/1, respectable eighth of 16 in handicap at Ascot (7f, good) 14 days ago. Cheekpieces on 1st time. Needs more from a demanding mark.
11. Koropick (Colin Teague/Paddy Mathers)
9¾ lengths last of 11 to Tabarrak in listed race (25/1) at Newbury (7f, good). Off over 2 years. First run for yard after leaving Hugo Palmer. Huge ask making handicap debut in a race of this nature.
12. Spanish City (Roger Varian/Ray Dawson (5))
Creditable fifth of 11 in handicap at Ascot (6f, good, 9/1) 14 days ago, nearest finish. Beaten on merit from this sort of mark all season, so likely to find a few too good.
13. Soldier's Minute (Keith Dalgleish/Callum Rodriguez)
10½ lengths fourteenth of 21 to Stone of Destiny in handicap at Doncaster (5.6f, good to firm) 7 days ago. Needs to bounce back if he's to make any impression.
14. Stone Of Destiny (Andrew Balding/Oisin Murphy)
Improved on recent efforts to win 21-runner handicap (16/1) at Doncaster (5.6f, good to firm) 7 days ago, staying on strongly. Solid claims under a penalty.
15. Air Raid (Jedd O'Keeffe/Jack Garritty)
Five wins from 17 Flat runs. 11/2, creditable third of 9 in handicap at Hamilton (6f, good) 65 days ago. Has tended to struggle in top-end sprints.
16. Another Batt (David Barron/Connor Beasley)
C&D winner. Latest win at Thirsk in August. 5/1, fifteenth of 18 in handicap at Leopardstown (7f, good) 7 days ago. Type to bounce back quickly and remains well treated on old form.
17. Rayong (K. R. Burke/Ben Curtis)
Latest win at Pontefract in July. 5 lengths eighth of 10 to Barbill in handicap at Chester (6.1f, good to soft, 4/1) 30 days ago. May yet resume progress, so dangerous to completely dismiss.
18. Young Fire (David O'Meara/Shane Gray)
Career best when winning 10-runner handicap at Haydock (7f, soft, 13/2) 15 days ago, well on top finish. Visor back on. Liable to struggle under a penalty.
19. Cold Stare (David O'Meara/Paul Mulrennan)
Inconsistent performer. 13/2, bounced back to land 8-runner 7f event at Goodwood 21 days ago but this provides a wholly different test under a penalty.
20. Gabrial The Wire (Richard Fahey/Paul Hanagan)
Latest win at Musselburgh in July. 7/1, eleventh of 12 in handicap at Chester (7f, good to soft) 8 days ago. Has work to do.
21. Bungee Jump (Grace Harris/Richard Kingscote)
Latest win at Newmarket in June. Ninth of 12 in handicap (28/1) at Salisbury (6f, good to soft) 16 days ago. Struggling for form, so up against it.
22. Arecibo (David O'Meara/Andrea Atzeni)
Course winner. Respectable 4 lengths fourth of 21 to Stone of Destiny in handicap (15/2) at Doncaster (5.6f, good to firm) 7 days ago. Eyeshields on 1st time , blinkers back on. Hard to win with.
24. Staxton (Tim Easterby/Duran Fentiman)
Didn't need to improve to win 19-runner handicap (4/1) at Ripon (6f, good to soft) 34 days ago, finding plenty. Thriving at present, so should give it a good go under a penalty.
25. Lexington Dash (Richard Hannon/Sean Levey)
Latest win at Newmarket in June. Creditable fourth of 13 in handicap (20/1) at Doncaster (7f, good to firm) 9 days ago. Not totally discounted for all mark seems about right.
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Timeform's Ayr Gold Cup Analyst Verdict:
NAHAARR put a Newbury event to bed in good style before underperforming as favourite faced with a quick turnaround in the Stewards' Cup but, now granted more of a break, he can resume progress and put up a bold bid to land his first big prize. Mr Lupton and Stone of Destiny both arrive on the back of success in competitive events, so they're regarded as the chief threats.
2. Mr Lupton
3. Stone Of Destiny