Fozzie Stack’s Son Of Rest, an excellent runner-up to Havana Grey in the Group 1 Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday, looks set to turn out again on Saturday when he will bid to justify favouritism in the £200,000 William Hill Ayr Gold Cup (3.50).
The four-year-old Pivotal colt ran the race of his life at the weekend, staying on well in the closing stages to take second place behind Karl Burke’s grey. Off a mark of 101 allotted prior to his big effort at the Curragh he has the look of a horse some way ahead of the assessor if able to produce a similar level of form at the Scottish venue over six furlongs, having never won beyond the minimum distance thus far. Bet365 offer 8/1 about Son Of Rest becoming the first ever first Irish-trained winner of the iconic sprint.
Havana Grey wins the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes with a dominant performance pic.twitter.com/iOS5zSrOiD
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“It’s more likely he’ll run than not, I’d say,” Stack informed reporters when asked if he was going to give the green light. “He ran a great race at the Curragh. We were thrilled. I’m not sure about his best trip. When he runs over five he finishes really strongly, but he does tend to run his best races over five.
“He did finish fourth in the National Stakes to Churchill as a two-year-old, though, so I’m sure he stays. The more rain they get the better. He loves it soft.”
Apart from Son Of Rest, Roger Varian’s Laugh A Minute has been one of the main market movers since the weekend, now down to a top priced 14/1 with 888sport while some other firms now go as short as 10/1. The three-year-old Mayson colt ran very well on soft ground at Deauville recently finishing second to Freddie Head’s Tantheem in a Group 3 event over six furlongs.
Check out Betting. Net’s ante-post tips & analysis for the Ayr Gold Cup here.
Written by Paul Alster
Paul Alster has been part of the British and international racing media for more than three decades working as a race commentator, TV/radio presenter, journalist, betting correspondent, SP returner, and form analyst. He’s always sought out overpriced runners in handicap races, a quest that excites him as much now as it did at the start of his career.