Hawk eyeing famous Ayr Gold Cup success

Could there possibly be a more appropriately named winner of Saturday’s eagerly awaited William Hill Ayr Gold Cup than the Jim Goldie-trained Hawkeyethenoo, the Scottish-trained runner who currently heads the ante-post market for the six furlong cavalry charge at a top price of 12/1?

The son of the enigmatic Hawk Wing has long been one of a number of tough-as-teak standard bearers for the Goldie yard, and having landed last year’s Victoria Cup over seven furlongs at Ascot has continued on the upgrade this term with a series of fine efforts, highlighted by his famous success at Glorious Goodwood in August when horse racing news networks and fans saw the six-year-old came with a beautifully judged run to get up in the final strides and beat the unfortunate Imperial Guest by a nose to land the coveted Stewards’ Cup.

Having gone close at Royal Ascot six weeks earlier when a fine third to Dandy Boy in the Wokingham Handicap, it was no surprise to see Goldie having a crack at pattern race company with his in-form gelding and Hawkeyethenoo didn’t let the side down when overcoming unsuitably soft ground to run a highly creditable fifth to Mayson in the Group 1 Darley July Cup.

Goldie is one of the most popular trainers in the game, always found with a smile on his face, win, lose or draw, and a regular feature in horse racing odds and markers, and often referred to as ‘Jolly Jim’ by his many fans. The Ayr Gold Cup has long been close to the top of the East Renfrewshire-based trainer’s wish list and in Hawkeyethenoo he has a horse who oozes class and is likely to give a very good account of himself, even with the steadier of at least 9st 8lbs.

A win in the race would also cap an outstanding first season on the level for former top jumps jockey Graham Lee, already well past the 50 mark for the term and already established as one of the best Flat riders in the business.