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Khelman each-way value in Ayr Bronze Cup

| 16.09.2016

David Metcalf | September 16, 2016

Khelman has plenty going for him in Ayr Bronze Cup

Khelman caught the eye last time out and, with Coral paying five places, looks decent each-way value in a typically open and fierce renewal of the Ayr Bronze Cup at the Scottish venue today (16:15).

The Richard Fahey trained gelding is a six-time winner, who looked as good as ever when getting up close home to score on seasonal reappearance over 7f at Chester off a mark of 83.

Khelman also ran well three starts later when a 1/2 length third over over 6f at Epsom off 85 and, after two below par efforts, bounced back to finish a solid fifth of 20 to Handsome Dude over 6f at Doncaster last time out.

After getting slightly outpaced two from home the six-year-old kept on well to be nearest at the finish and beaten three lengths.

Soft ground holds no fears

Khelman each-way is splendid value among our 2016 Ayr Bronze Cup tips.

Khelman each-way is splendid value among our 2016 Ayr Bronze Cup tips.

He had the re-opposing Duke Cosimo, Holiday Magic and Fendale in-behind, and it was an effort which suggested his time was near.

A mark of 85 also looks workable on the pick of his form, and Khelman showed that he is effective with cut in the ground when sluicing to a three lengths success over 6f at Epsom last year off just 3lb lower than he carries this afternoon.

Another plus is that he hails from a yard that does particularly well in sprint handicaps at this meeting and everything looks in place for a big run.

Giant Spark odds make him a big player

Giant Spark comes into the race in terrific form and looks a major contender for trainer Paul Midgley.

Paul Midgley's Giant Spark was a firm overnight favourite in the betting for the Ayr Bronze Cup.

Paul Midgley’s Giant Spark was a firm overnight favourite in the betting for the Ayr Bronze Cup.

The four-year-old has won three of his last four starts and comes into the race on the back of a career-best performance when romping to a three length success on soft ground at Thirsk.

Although now 5lb higher in the weights, Giant Spark is due to race off 9lb higher in future assignments so is officially 4lb well-in.

That gives the son of Orientor outstanding claims from a handicapping perspective and with the trip and ground fine a big run looks assured.


You’ll find more horse racing betting tips over on Coral news’ dedicated page.

Coral’s top tip: Khelman shaped well last time out and looks worth an each-way wager in a typically wide-open renewal of the Ayr Bronze Cup. Giant Spark is thriving and looks sure to make his presence felt.

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David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.