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CAPTAIN RAMIUS and Pat Smullen win the Ayr Gold Cup for trainer Kevin Ryan at Ayr Racecourse 22/9/12 Photograph by John Grossick

Captain Ramius: last season's Ayr Gold Cup winner could miss Ripon date

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Ryan issues Captain Ramius warning

KEVIN RYAN has warned that Captain Ramius could bypass Saturday's William Hill Great St Wilfrid and head straight for a defence of his Ayr Gold Cup title if the ground comes up too fast.

The going at Ripon is described as good to firm and Ryan is hoping to see some rain before the end of the week.

"I wouldn't run him on ground that had any fast in it. It would have to be good ground or it would be even better if we had some rain and it was on the easy side of good.

"He has been very consistent. We have given him a nice break with the Ayr Gold Cup in mind and hopefully we can run him on Saturday and then go to Ayr.

"He ran a great race in the Great St Wilfrid last year and that will be a nice stepping stone to the Ayr Gold Cup again."

Ryan has nine entered for the Great St Wilfrid including Zacynthus who is set to make his debut for the trainer at Ripon having previously been in the care of Luca Cumani.

"It will be his first run for me," Ryan told At The Races. "He has been running over seven furlongs but we are dropping him back to six."

Despite the number of options, stable jockey Phillip Makin has already been jocked up to ride Zacynthus and Ryan added: "Watching his races with Luca he doesn't lack speed so we are going to drop him back to six."

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