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Mr Lupton will need to resist high weight if he is to offer a third victory in the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup to coach Richard Fahey.
After Dakota Gold was simply take out at the five-day verification stage the son of Elnadim was promoted to the head of their burdens at Saturday’s prestigious competition.
Although the four-year-old has discovered life tough considering winning a Group Two in the Curragh his Malton handler hopes a start in disability company in more than a year can get him back on track.
Fahey, who won the race in 2006 and 2015, said:”I would say Mr Lupton is going to be my only runner in the race this past year. It has not been easy for him this season, because he’s had to take a Group two penalty in races.
“He’s had a go at Group One company, but he is not a Group One horse. Let’s see what happens and get him back to disability company.
“He isn’t going to be giving lumps of burden off. He won’t be giving away two stone – it’ll be more inclined 16lb or even 14 – because it is condensed handicap.
“Hopefully he will operate back in this level. They’ll go a quick speed, and he loves coming off a quick pace.”
The Paul Cole-trained Baron Bolt, who dead-heated with Son Of Rush from the race 12 months ago, is one of just two winners still in the mix – together with 2017 protagonist Donjuan Triumphant, by the yard of Andrew Balding, who’s also accountable for Stone Of Destiny.
Buffer Zone, among three entrances for Ger Lyons alongside Ardhoomey and Medicine Jack, is the market leader after the William favorite Victory Day’s omission.
Further Irish interest from the race may come from Downforce and the Johnny Murtagh-trained Urban psychologist, Who’s the agent of Willie McCreery.
Having shipped Group One winner Brando out to land the 2016 renewal, trainer Kevin Ryan is very likely to rely on Important Jumbo and Hey Jonesy to provide him victory number five in the race.
David O’Meara, looking for a second win is responsible for each of those entries – after leaving in Intisaab Summerghand, Gulliver, Arecibo and Cold Stare.