Michael Dods is under no illusions concerning the task of dealing with Commanche Falls ahead of his quote to finish a massive sprint handicap double in Saturday’s Virgin Bet Ayr Gold Cup.
The eight-year-old became the very first horse in over half a century to assert back-to-back triumphs in the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood in July and was only narrowly rejected on his newest look at York.
Last period Commanche Falls ended up seventh at Ayr, yet on Saturday obtains one more chance to imitate Coastal Bluff– the last equine to win the Stewards’ Cup as well as Ayr Gold Cup in the same season (1996 ).
Dods, that has his string in superb type judged on doubles at both Thirsk as well as Redcar earlier in the week, is hopeful of a vibrant proving– but confesses the problem of top-weight of 9st 12lb is a concern.
” The horses are running well, we can’t complain. Hopefully, we’ll have a good backend to the season,” claimed the Darlington-based instructor.
” Commanche Falls is well. He’s certainly giving a lot of weight away, however, he remains in good form, so hopefully, he’ll run well. The ground will certainly be fine, it’s simply offering all the weight away. We’ll see exactly how we go.”
Dods has an interesting second string to his bow in the form of Tinto, who enjoyed successive success at Thirsk and Ripon earlier in the year and has completed behind Commanche Falls on his last two outings.
Dods added: “Tinto likes juice in the ground, he completed fifth in the Stewards’ Cup and ran well at York on the ground that was a little bit also quick for him, finishing behind Commanche Falls again in fact when he was second. Hopefully, he goes up there and also runs a large race on Saturday.”
The most likely favorite for the six-furlong contest is the lightly-raced Khanjar, who has won 3 of his six beginnings to date for William Haggas, most recently impressing at Haydock.
Angus Gold, racing manager for proprietors Shadwell, claimed: “If I’m sincere, he’s constantly wanted to me like a horse that would desire a seventh furlong. He types of grinds out his success and he’s a great, strong galloper.
” Jim Crowley stated after riding him last time he significantly desires a fast-run 6 furlongs. I would not be shocked if next year we see this equine go seven, yet presently we’ll have one go at a large race over 6, wish there’s a little bit of rate as well as see exactly how he hops on.”
Last year’s victor Bielsa returns to defend his crown as one of two runners for King Power Racing together with current Goodwood marker Fivethousandtoone.
Alastair Donald, racing manager for the owners, stated: “This has been the target all season for Bielsa, to be sincere. I simply wish it does not dry up way too much– the softer ground is chosen for him.
” Fivethousandtoone was good at Goodwood as well as needs to truly have won his 2 races before that also. He’s a steed we have constantly thought a lot of as well as ultimately I believe he’s locating his feet. He needs to be fine on the ground.”
Mr. Wagyu is returned into the fight by John Quinn simply 6 days after finishing a close-up 3rd in a rewarding competition on Irish Champions Weekend Break at the Curragh.
” He ran a blinder in Ireland as well as has appeared of the race well,” said the Malton handler.
” He’s supported before, he’s tough as teak as well as we’re happy with him. It’s mosting likely to be beautiful ground as well as we’re looking forward to it.”