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Gold and silver is target for Ulster's Martin Harley

By Frank Brownlow

It promises to be a big few weeks for Ulster jockey Martin Harley.

Harley has a cracking book of rides at Ayr tomorrow, the highlight being Go Far in the £100,000 Ayr Gold Cup.

The 25-year-old also has big-race chances on War Alert, Presburg and Ticking Katie.

Harley – who won the 2012 Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Samitar for England striker-turned-racehorse trainer Mick Channon – rides Foxtrot Romeo in the Silver Cup for Marco Botti, the trainer who last year snapped up the rising star as stable jockey.

Botti is hoping Energia Davos can make it a prolific spell for the Newmarket yard by landing the first leg of the autumn double, the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket tomorrow week.

The nine-furlong prize is worth £160,000 and is followed two weeks later by the £250,000 Cesarewitch, in which Botti runs De Rigueur and Suegioo.

The Brazilian-bred Energia Davos is a 16-1 chance after he scored his first success outside of South America at Haydock.

"Energia Davos is in very good form, we have just been waiting for some cut in the ground with him," Botti said.

"He likes a strong pace and I think that he will be competitive off his current rating.

"He did win a Group One in Brazil but he was much younger then and I can't say that he is still up to that level."

De Rigueur is already a winner on the Rowley Mile this term and went on to land the valuable Old Newton Cup at Haydock, while Suegioo lifted the Chester Cup in May before finishing runner-up in the Northumberland Plate. He was also third in the Mallard Handicap at last week's St Leger meeting at Doncaster.

"The Cesarewitch has always been one of De Rigueur's major targets," Botti said.

"I have no concerns over the trip and on soft ground he is still a well handicapped horse, so he could have a good chance.

"The ground was too fast for him in the Ebor (16th of 19 runners) and then we took a chance running him at Chester a week later (when third) but I don't think he was at his best that day.

"He is one of those horses who does not want too many races and needs to be kept fresh.

"Suegioo ran a good race at Doncaster last week and should also have a good chance. He gets the trip well and has run some good races at Newmarket in the past – he was unlucky in a valuable race there last year."

De Rigueur and Suegioo are 20-1 shots for the Cesarewitch.

The John Gosden-trained Cornrow is the ante-post favourite for the Cambridgeshire at 10-1.

Quick Jack, from the Meath yard of Tony Martin, heads the Cesarewitch market at 8-1.

Phillip Makin made the best possible start to the three-day Ayr Gold Cup Festival with a double on Moonlightnavigator and Get Knotted.

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