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Growl set to bare his teeth and double up for Fahey in Ayr Gold Cup

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By Nick Robson

Growl can snarl his way to William Hill Ayr Gold Cup glory today to give Richard Fahey back-to-back successes in the £200,000 showpiece.

After Don't Touch obliged for favourite-backers 12 months ago, Fahey is aiming to be the toast of the punters once more with the Dr Marwan Koukash-owned four-year-old. Growl will break from stall six, with Fahey perfectly satisfied to have selected a low draw.

"You can forget the history of the race, I'm happy there (stall six)," he said.

"We do have pace besides us so I'm comfortable with where we are.

"The 5-1 on offer for him is a bit tight, but he's in good form.

"He ran well at Goodwood, we're happy with him.

"The Ayr Gold Cup is a fantastic race to win. We all want to win it and we were lucky enough to do it last year, but that counts for nothing this year.

"You need to be a Group horse to nearly get in, never mind win it - it's got very competitive. Marwan had his eye on him for a while so it was a good call to get him as he always wanted him for this race.

"At the time I couldn't see where he was coming from, but, to be fair, once we got him here and got his head in front he turned a corner. He'll go on any ground, which is always the sign of a decent racehorse."

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