Inspection planned at Ayr due to waterlogging

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RICHARD Fahey will saddle eight runners in tomorrow’s William Hill Ayr Gold Cup headed by top-weight Kimberella.

Fahey was present on the course as the crucial draw took place and favoured the low numbers when he could for his team.

He has Eastern Impact in stall seven, Withernsea in 12, Mr Lupton in 13 and Kimberella in 14. Last year’s runner-up Growl fared less well in 21 with Toscanini in 22, Rene Mathis in 23 and Stamp Hill, the mount of Paul Hanagan, in 24.

Today’s meeting at Ayr has been called off, with an inspection planned for noon to assess conditions ahead of tomorrow’s card.

The Scottish track was due to race yesterday, but a patch of waterlogged ground forced officials to abandon what should have been the first of three days of action at the venue.

Hopes had been high that the course would be fit for action today with an 8am inspection planned, but clerk of the course Graeme Anderson reported conditions have not improved sufficiently to race.

Anderson said: “We are hopeful of going ahead – it is the biggest card of the year here so we have to remain hopeful.”