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Ayr Gold Cup: Dalgleish hopes for a strong pace in Scotland's top Flat race

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Dalgleish: Pace not draw is the key for Lover Man

HIGH DRAW, low draw, it makes no difference in Saturday's Ayr Gold Cup according to trainer Keith Dalgleish as he bids to add Ayr's big prize to the Bronze Cup he snared on Friday with Circuitous.

Dalgleish could have been forgiven for having mixed feelings as Circuitous shot up the stands' side rail to grab the Bronze Cup in the final strides from stall 27 of 27, considering his contender for the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Lover Man breaks from stall ten on Saturday.

However, Dalgleish is less worried about the draw and more worried about who is going to give his runner something to aim at.

Lover Man, owned by Richard Gilbert, will be making his debut for Dalgleish on Saturday and is a 25-1 chance to become the first Scottish-trained Ayr Gold Cup winner for 38 years.

"It is more important where the pace is rather than the draw," the trainer said. "We are a pace horse, that is how he raced in France."

Dalgleish hoped last year's winner Captain Ramius would help provide that pace but the Kevin Ryan-trained sprinter, 15-1 to repeat the feat, was ruled out the race on Friday evening after injuring himself in his box.

The going for Scotland's biggest Flat race was described as soft, good to soft in places on Friday night and Emma Marley, Ayr's clerk of the course, is not expecting much more rain before racing.

She said: "There is the forecast of drizzle in the morning but nothing significant, no more than 1mm. Then it should turn drier and brighter later on."

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