Wednesday 21 February 2018

Fallon blow for Goldie run

Kieren Fallon. Photo: Getty Images
Kieren Fallon. Photo: Getty Images

Jim Goldie is on the lookout for a new rider for Hawkeyethenoo in the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup on Saturday as Kieren Fallon is set to be switched by Luca Cumani to Newbury.

Goldie had hoped to have the six-times champion on his side in his bid to be the first Scottish trainer to land the big sprint handicap since Nigel Angus struck with Roman Warrior back in 1975.

But it seems Fallon is going to be claimed by Cumani at the Berkshire track.

"I don't know if Kieren is going to be riding him. I think he's going to be switched to Newbury unfortunately," said the Glasgow-based handler.

"On Monday it looked as if he was going to ride at Ayr - Mr Cumani had him jocked up on two - but now he is thinking of sending him to Newbury instead. I thought I had him, now I haven't.

"I have several irons in the few for a replacement but they are in a similar position with commitments here and there. We will just have to wait and see."

Goldie believes Hawkeyethenoo is the horse that could end his dismal record in the Ayr Gold Cup and has saved the progressive four-year-old sprinter for the weekend since his win at York in July.

"I'll be trying to win it. This is my best chance for a long while. I haven't troubled the judge at all. I think fifth is the best I've done, so I'm pretty hopeful this time," he went on.

"There's been nothing wrong with him we've just kept him for this race.

"He'll have a good chance and it should be good ground on Saturday."

Steve Drowne hopes the ground will be suitable for Genki, who laid down his claim by finishing third to Markab in the Group One Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock.

That came after a poor run in the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood which he had won in 2009.

"He disappointed at Goodwood, but it was loose ground," he said.

"He's a big, strong heavy horse and if the ground is at all loose it affects him. Soft ground isn't a problem. It's just when it's loose on top he just can't operate at all.

"Hopefully the ground will be OK for him and if he repeats his Haydock run they have got him to beat. I think this will be the last time you'll see him in a handicap."

Genki's trainer Roger Charlton could have a useful second string to his bow in Definightly should the hat-trick seeking four-year-old make the cut.

"I don't know if he'll get in there or the Silver Cup. He's in cracking form, the blinkers have worked a treat for him," Drowne told At The Races.

"He's on a high and if gets in the Silver Cup he's going to have a cracking chance in that if the ground is soft."

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