Ground expected to quicken before Ayr Gold Cup with drying conditions forecast

Ayr Gold Cup runners and punters have been warned that the ground could be on the quick side for Saturday’s showpiece handicap.

Underfoot conditions are set to dry more than had been expected at a track where the going was described officially as soft only last weekend.

The going is good, good to soft in places for day one of the meeting on Thursday but is predicted to be good, good to firm in places by Gold Cup day.

"It's an open, drying track and it shows how quickly things can swing," said clerk of the course Graeme Anderson.

"The forecast has changed as they had told us we could get showers on Friday night.

"It is now due to get up to 20C on Friday and 21C/22C on Saturday so it will dry out towards the weekend – it looks like it will be good, good to firm in places on Saturday."

The current drying weather represents quite a change at Ayr, as Anderson said: "We had 48mm of rain in the ten days up to last Friday."

Tim Easterby, who runs Staxton in the Ayr Gold Cup, walked the course on Thursday morning.

He said: "The ground will be absolutely perfect and there is no draw bias."