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Gary Nutting has a selection online for the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup at Ayr on Saturday

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Published 17 September

GULLIVER is set to be on his travels again and this time it might end in a deserved victory in the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup.

David O’Meara’s five-year-old looked a little unlucky in a similarly valuable handicap at the Curragh on Sunday, doing best of the hold-up horses and overcoming trouble in running to finish third to the more prominently-ridden Buffer Zone.

The latter is now favourite for the Scottish showpiece - understandable considering he’s a relatively lightly-raced sprinter from a top yard - but whether he should be half the price of the selection is open to question.

Gulliver gets a 5lb pull courtesy of the penalty incurred by the winner and that entitles him to reverse the form with a clearer run, especially with a dry weather forecast very much in his favour.

The gelding’s last three appearances on good or faster ground have seen him convincingly win a big-field handicap at York and post a strong-finishing sixth in the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood (again encountered traffic problems) ahead of his Irish effort.

Any below-par displays in between have been down to soft ground or, in the case of Chelmsford two outings ago, bad draw/longer trip.

Although a pound ‘wrong’ due to this being an early-closing race, he’s still only 3lb above his York-winning mark, the form of which received a tidy boost when runner-up Growl landed the Great St Wilfrid consolation event at Ripon last month.

Gary provides regular ante-post updates on Twitter. His username is @horsetraderinfo.@horsetraderinfo

Ayr 15:50, 21 September 2019

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