The feature race of the Ayr Gold Cup Festival gets underway on Saturday, with 24 runners declared in the six-furlong handicap at the Scottish course.
GREAT AMBASSADOR (5/1) holds favouritism in the contest for Ed Walker after several consistent performances over the season for his connections.
The gelding has won three of his five starts this year, including a Listed success in the Garrowby Stakes.
He is joined by stablemate POPMASTER (10/1), who has proven to be effective in handicaps after striking in two of his last three runs.
COMMANCHE FALLS (10/1) makes his first start for Michael Dods since winning the Stewards’ Cup at the Goodwood Festival, with stable counterpart PENDLETON (20/1) featuring alongside him.
JUST FRANK (10/1) is stepped up in class after claiming success at Thirsk last time out for Les Eyre, while Paul Midgley’s OSTILIO (12/1) returns to six furlongs after finishing fourth in the Beverley Bullet.
Kevin Ryan holds two entries in the contest with BIELSA (11/1) and HEY JONESY (33/1) representing the Hambleton-based trainer.
MY WAGYU (20/1) will be hoping for some rain after winning the Stewards’ Sprint on soft ground at Goodwood, while David Barron’s VENTUROUS (20/1) could relish the return to six furlongs.
David O’Meara sends two runners to Ayr, with Group winner SUMMERGHAND (14/1) and consistent handicapper GULLIVER (16/1) featuring for the Yorkshire trainer.
SNAZZY JAZZY (25/1) holds C&D form for Lawrence Millaney, while Michael Appleby’s EDRAAK (28/1) carries some interesting form into the contest.
SUNDAY SOVEREIGN (25/1) landed success at Chester last time out for Tim Easterby and stablemate COUNT D’ORSAY (28/1) placed in the Portland last weekend.
ABOVE (33/1) makes his first appearance since Royal Ascot for Stuart Williams, while Andrew Balding’s FIVETHOUSANDTOONE (33/1) makes his handicap debut.
MOTAGALLY (33/1) could bounce back to form for Charles Hills and Richard Fahey’s MR LUPTON (33/1) will need to show improvement to be competitive here.
Tom Dascombe’s BRAD THE BRIEF (40/1), Richard Hannon’s LEXINGTON DASH (40/1), Keith Dalgleish’s VOLATILE ANALYST (40/1) and Phillip Makin’s LAHORE (50/1) complete the line-up.