When he’s to provide a third victory from the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup to trainer Richard Fahey mr Lupton will need to defy top weight.
The son of Elnadim has been promoted to the head of their weights at the prestigious six-furlong competition of Saturday, after Dakota Gold was simply take out at the verification stage.
Although the four-year-old has seen life tough since winning a Group Two at the Curragh on his return in May, his Malton handler expects a start in disability company in more than a year can return back.
Fahey, that won the race in 2006 and 2015, stated:”I’d say Mr Lupton would be my only runner in the race this year. It has not been easy for this season, since he’s had to carry a Group Two penalty in most races.
“He has had a visit Group One firm, but he is not a Group One horse. Let’s get him back and see what happens.
“He is not likely to be giving lumps of weight away. He will not be giving away two stone – it’ll be more likely 14 or even 16lb – since it is handicap that is condensed.
“Hopefully he can operate well back at this level. They will go a speedy speed, and he really loves coming off a fast pace.”
The Paul Cole-trained Baron Bolt, who dead-heated with Son Of Rest in the race 12 months ago, is one of just two winners still in the combination – together with 2017 protagonist Donjuan Triumphant, by the lawn of Andrew Balding, who’s also accountable for Stone Of Destiny.
Buffer Zone, one of three entrances for Ger Lyons along with Medicine and Ardhoomey Jack, is the market leader following the William Haggas-trained ante-post favourite Victory Day’s omission.
Further interest from the race will come from Downforce and the Johnny Murtagh-trained Urban psychologist, Who’s Willie McCreery’s agent.
Having sent out following Group One winner Brando to land the 2016 renewal, trainer Kevin Ryan is very likely to rely on Major Jumbo and Hey Jonesy to provide him success number five in the race.
David O’Meara, seeking a second triumph accounts for five of the entrances one of the 25 ensured to get a streak – after leaving in Summerghand, Intisaab, Gulliver, Arecibo and Cold Stare.