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Dickman hoping for high draws for Gold Cup

ALLAN DICKMAN would like high draws for his two runners in the John Smith's Ayr Gold Cup on Saturday.

Inter Vision and Ishetoo are set to represent the trainer in the valuable 6f handicap, although Dickman would prefer less testing conditions for both horses.

"There's going to be a bit of fresh ground on the stands' side so a high draw would be better," said Dickman.

"Traditionally you'd want to be on the far side when it's soft, but I wouldn't mind getting on the stands' side as they are opening up a new rail. I think 27 would be a good draw!"

Inter Vision may be eight-years-old but he showed he retains plenty of ability when beaten just over four lengths in tenth place behind Hogmaneigh in the Portland at Doncaster last weekend.

"Inter Vision ran very well at Doncaster and six furlongs will suit him better, but the ground will probably be against him," Dickman said.

"Even if they get a dry day it is going to be on the soft side. He wasn't beaten far in the Portland and he'd have half a chance on Saturday."

Ishetoo is also guaranteed a place in the maximum 27-runner line-up thanks to a 5lb penalty for winning at Musselburgh three weeks ago.

"He gets in with his penalty, but I'd rather have gone for the Silver Cup. He would have had a great chance in that, but he'll run well - he's that type of horse," Dickman added.

"He would prefer better ground the same as the other horse and he did beat Valery Borzov last year. I'm sure he'll be in the mix. I'd have fancied him strongly on better ground but they are both good horses."

Royston Ffrench has been booked for Inter Vision, while Steve Donohoe rides Ishetoo.            

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