Today's Horse Racing Tips: Spanish can finally come good in Ayr Gold Cup

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Alan has two bets running in the big handicaps at Ayr on Saturday

Glorious Journey was a 17/29.60 winner for Alan Dudman yesterday, and he is hoping to follow up with a big price selection in the Ayr Gold Cup on Saturday...

"The hustle and bustle of a huge field will suit as he has always craved a good pace to run at, so the draw could work well over the far side as he's right next to the fast Hey Jonesy."

Back Spanish City win and Place @ [5.20 and 21/122.0

Apollo can be the golden one in the Silver Cup

14:30 Ayr - Back Golden Apollo @ 13/114.0

The Western Meeting at Ayr has proved to be most lucrative for Yorkshire trainer Tim Easterby - who churned out another two winners at the track on Friday.

He is well stocked for the Silver Cup too. Hyperfocus is a massive price considering some of his back-form but he is best served with soft conditions. Last year's winner Golden Apollo has a chance to record back-to-back victories in this, and that will give Easterby some consolation having narrowly missed out on the Gold Cup by one place.

His 7f ability will stand him in good stead around Ayr, as will the dying ground, as the horse has always gone well on good to firm.

Whilst he is a little higher from 93 this year compared to 12 months ago (when he landed the race off 88), the stable are in such good form that he can't be ruled out.

Golden Apollo's best run this season came at York, and drawn in 19 on the near side, he can create a bit of history.

One more chance for frustrating Spanish

15:40 Ayr - Back Spanish City @ Win 21/122.0 and Place 4/15.2

If ever a race was made for the frustrating Spanish City, it's the Ayr Gold Cup. And the drying ground will suit him to a tee.

He may be a 7yo, but he holds his form well and whilst 98 is towards the top scale of his ability, the unlucky effort earlier in the season in Newmarket's Bunbury Cup would give him a chance.

The hustle and bustle of a huge field will suit as he has always craved a good pace to run at, so the draw could work well over the far side as he's right next to the fast Hey Jonesy.

The price of 23/124.0 is too big and he is worth playing in the Place market too at 4/15.2.

Champion looks the smart bet in Ces trial

15:50 Newmarket - Back Smart Champion @ 7/24.5

Mark Johnston's Themaxwecan has dropped down to his last winning mark and he'll be dangerous with the quick conditions to suit, but his form isn't the most convincing at the moment.

Preference is for Smart Champion - who finished second in this race last year. He can be backed at 7/24.50.

The 2m2f test for the Cesarewitch Trial should bring about the best in this horse as all he does is stay. In fact, the further the better.

His latest effort over 2m at Goodwood wasn't a sufficient test of stamina, and he produced his usual party trick of staying on from a long way back. That was certainly the case in the Ascot Stakes earlier this summer on ground that wouldn't have suited.

He can win races from his current mark of 90 and will enjoy the conditions. He'll certainly not lack for stamina.

Murphy to collect another winner with Whisper

17:35 Newmarket - Back Angel's Whisper @ 9/110.0

Local trainer Amy Murphy landed two winners at Kempton at big prices on Friday, and she can pick up another victory in the Amateur Jockeys' Cambridgeshire.

The 5yo mare Angel's Whisper is tough and consistent, and was in great heart when winning twice at Pontefract over 1m earlier in the summer. She attacked from the front for those two wins, but her run style should suit for the switch to HQ today.

Whilst her best form is at 1m, she stayed a bit further at Sandown over 1m2f and the grey mare can add to her win ledger this season, especially in the quick conditions.

Her jockey Alice Haynes hasn't been riding as much in the last few seasons, but she has steered home winners and has an opportunity to bounce out this mare to make the running.

Alan Dudman's P&L

2020 Overall: -11.31

This week
Staked: 7.0
Returned: 8.90

2019: +3.25
2018: +44.91
2017: +5.49
2016: +16.38

*All bets to a 0.5pt stake unless stated otherwise

2020 Festival Bets Of Day (Ascot & Cheltenham): +17.60 (1pt stake)
2020 Irish Racing Tips: +34.20 (1pt stake)

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