Barron hopeful McCoy can shade Bronze Cup
THERE has been plenty of debate as to where is the best place to be for the big sprints at Ayr, but trainer David Barron does not believe it will be a factor for Shady McCoy, who runs in the William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup (4.00)
A winner at Hamilton and Thirsk, the three-year-old was second last time out at Newmarket over 7f and drops back to 6f this afternoon.
Drawn in stall four, Shady McCoy will be partnered by Robert Winston, who was in fine form at the course on Thursday, bagging a treble.
Barron said: "He seems progressive, I hope he'd travel on the ground, the trip is fine and I'm not sure the draw will be an issue, if you've got the best horse you usually win. I'm hopeful."
Favourite for the race is Bop It, a winner at Haydock earlier in the month, with the David O'Meara-trained four-year-old heading the market at 8-1.
Away from Ayr there is a good card at Newbury, which features the Listed Dubai Duty Free Cup. There is also action from Listowel, Newcastle and Wolverhampton.
Today's key pointers
1. Five of the last six renewals of the 3.05 at Newbury has gone to the market leader, who is often a decent type. French Navy is favourite for Charlie Appleby.
2. Apart from Taameer, a newcomer in 2008, and Teslin in 2006, the Haynes, Hanson and Clark has gone to a horse that won last-time-out. Pupil and What About Carlo both fit that criterion.
Pointers courtesy of Raceform Interactive
Ayr: soft, good to soft in places
Listowel: heavy, soft to heavy in places (Flat course), soft, yielding in places (National Hunt)
Newcastle: good to soft, soft in places
Wolverhampton: standard to slow