Our Jonathan: last year's winner cut for Ayr Gold Cup following the drawPICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
Our Jonathan cut for Ayr Gold Cup after draw
OUR JONATHAN was trimmed to within a point of favouritism with the sponsors to post back-to-back wins in Saturday's William Hill Ayr Gold Cup after a seemingly beneficial draw in stall 12 for the big sprint.
The Kevin Ryan-trained five-year-old raced from the same stall when winning by two lengths last year and he is now an 11-1 chance to repeat those exploits.
Connections of the runners drawn out early showed a preference for high stall numbers with the favourite Hawkeyethenoo left to race from stall three as the last of the 27 runners to be drawn.
No horse has won the race from a single-figure draw since Fonthill Road in 2006 with Our Jonathan the lowest drawn of the winners since when he was victorious 12 months ago.
Sholaan was cut to 12-1 (from 14) despite having to race from stall two while Maarek (stall 13) and Waffle (stall 15) are both now rated 14-1 chances with the sponsors.