The Doonside Cup (Thursday 21 September, 4.50) is a Listed Race run over 10-furlongs. It was first run in 1988.
Three 3-year-olds, three 4-year-olds, two 5-year-olds and two 6-year-olds have been successful
Danny Tudhope is the only jockey riding this year to have won 1 of the last 10 renewals
Mark Johnston and Richard Fahey are the only trainers with runners this year to have won 1 of the last 10 renewals
SPs have ranged from 8/13 to 15/2
8-year-old who is bidding to become both the oldest winner and the first Irish-trained winner of the race. Has already won three Listed Races, but beaten in a better contest last time at this level.
Had his first 5 races in Ireland, and was the subject of big gambles on his first two starts for Mick Appleby off marks in the 70s and 80s. Won another handicap since off a mark of 94, and had a 7lb claimer on board when second off 99 last time. Rated 100 today, but maybe slightly flattered by that mark. Danny Tudhope rides.
Frankel sired 3-year-old who has saved his best for Haydock so far with 3 wins from 3 runs there, including a Group 3, for which he’s got a 5lb penalty. That offers hope he’ll like the sharp left-handed nature of Ayr and, as the highest-rated horse in the field, he could easily take some passing if he gets an easy lead. However, Brendan Bracken also likes to lead, and is drawn inside him in stall-1
Quality second to Riven Light at this year’s Galway Festival, but disappointed next time when second favourite in the Irish Cambridgeshire. Officially needs to find 14lb with Frankuus, and no obvious reason why he will.
Born To Be Alive
Trainer does well at this meeting, and ran an excellent second in a Listed Race on only his fourth start last time. Only has 6lb to find with Forest Ranger on that form, and could easily find it. He’s the only course winner as well.
Considered good enough to run in the Dante and St James’s Palace Stakes, but was never sighted in either. Much more like it when placed in two Group 3s and a Listed Race on his last 3 runs, and comes out best at the weight here with Frankuus having a penalty to carry.
Brendan Bracken and Frankuus both have the form to win this, but it’s possible they’ll take each other on for the lead from the two inside stalls. If that’s the case, they could easily set this up for either Born To Be Alive or Forest Ranger, with the latter preferred as he’s already proven himself at this level.