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Watchable favourite to continue golden winning streak

By Martin Kelly

Watchable is out to continue a fine season for his owner Philip Bamford in the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup today.

The lightly-raced four-year-old is favourite for the £100,000 handicap after landing a valuable prize on Irish Champions Weekend at the Curragh last Sunday.

It was a second successful trip to Ireland this month for Bamford after the Richard Ford-trained Seamster carried his colours to victory on the beach at Laytown.

The slight worry for connections of the David O'Meara-trained gelding is the short space between the two races.

"I dare dream, I am an optimistic guy and you have to dream," said Bamford.

"It was always going to be a big ask to do both races, but he was third in the big handicap at Ascot and we were desperate to win the Irish one. I'm more hopeful than optimistic as it is quite quick, but he hasn't given us a reason not to run," he added.

"I walked the course from the three-furlong marker at the Curragh and it is a fair old climb from there, and he's run some hellish races at seven furlongs, so the distance should be fine.

"He's drawn on the far side (in stall five), plenty of people picked high numbers but there's plenty of pace (where he is) and he's against horses like Jack Dexter, Alben Star and Hamza, so there's plenty of pace on over there and I think they'll be spread across the track.

"One thing Mr O'Meara is insistent on is that he will be a much better horse next year, so that is something to look forward to."

Watchable's jockey Danny Tudhope also feels the horse can take two quick races in his stride.

"They say he has come out of his race well," he said.

"He's a good sort of horse who hopefully next year could develop into a Group horse.

"I think he takes his races quite quick, you are never 100 per cent sure when a race comes up fairly quickly but everyone is happy with the horse and he wouldn't be taking his chance otherwise.

"I think he'll run a good race," he added.

Trainer Chris Wall's faith in Accipiter was finally justified as the filly came out on top in a triple photo for the Listed EBF Stallions Harry Rosebery Stakes to spring a 25-1 surprise at Ayr yesterday.

She prevailed by a head from Mind Of Madness in the hands of Ashley Morgan, with Squats just a short head back in third.

"She wasn't winning out of turn. She'd had several near-misses at this level through the season. Although everyone else had written her off, we hadn't," said the Newmarket handler.

"She went up there in as good a form as we could have had her and we thought she'd run very well.

"Ashley has given her a good positive ride.

"He got her out and up with pace on the stands rail, which is where you needed to be, and rode a well-judged race."

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