High draw for Dexter
Top weight Jack Dexter will break from stall 22 when he aims to end the long hoodoo of Scottish-trained runners in Saturday's William Hill Ayr Gold Cup.
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Trainer Jim Goldie has made no secret of his ambition to win the famous race which has eluded the home trainers since 1975, when Roman Warrior claimed the prize for Nigel Angus.
Jack Dexter won the Bronze Cup 12 months ago, while Goldie also has Hawkeyethenoo, ridden by Kieren Fallon, but he has fared no better than 10th in the last three renewals. Hawkeyethenoo has been drawn in stall nine.
Baccarat and Spinatrix, separated by a photo-finish in the Great St Wilfrid at Ripon, meet again.
Richard Fahey has chosen stall 14 for Baccarat, while Spinatrix will break from gate 25.
Spinatrix's trainer Michael Dods has another good chance with Mass Rally (21), who won the Silver Cup last year off 10lb lower.
The two Irish-trained runners are Ger Lyons' Joe Eile (six) and the David Marnane-trained Red Dubawi (17).
Last year's winner Captain Ramius (eight) is one of four runners for Kevin Ryan, with stablemates Lightning Cloud (one), Hamza (four) and Bogart (seven) all handed low stalls.
The well-fancied Tropics was one of the last out of the drum and will leave from 26 for Dean Ivory.
Our Jonathan (12), Regal Parade (five), Khubala (23) and Highland Colori (19) are others of note.
Goldie expects the race to unfold along the centre of the track. He told Racing UK: "I came to the conclusion that the middle is probably where the race is going to develop this year so I've stuck both my horses in the middle of the middle.
"If it develops down the rail we'll go down the rail and if it develops down the middle we're OK.
"We're just playing the percentage card."
The ground is likely to be soft at best, with clerk of the course Emma Marley expecting further rain.
"We had 4.5mm last night and another 4mm this morning. The ground was soft so I expect it to ease a bit further," said Marley.
"The rain is expected to ease away later today, however, and we should be mainly dry tomorrow and Saturday with just the odd threat of a shower."