Trying to predict when VOLATILE ANALYST (Ayr, nap, 3.40) will peak is a tricky exercise, but a return to his favorite venue with Callum Rodriguez on board could be the catalyst for a big performance in the Virgin Bet Ayr Gold Cup .
A number of recent winners have been proven over distances in excess of six furlongs and that is the case for the roster which has campaigned over seven furlongs and a mile all summer since she was neutered in the closing season.
Having the stamina for trips that exceed sprint distances is a useful feature in large field sprint handicaps, as the pace can be unrelenting. Those who have the ability to lay down at a generous gallop while having the ability to finish strong are usually seen as an advantage.
Volatile Analyst won over seven furlongs at York in May and showed the ability to race at speed before making a decisive extra time, so it will be fascinating to see if he can translate that to today’s position.
Unbeaten in both starts at Ayr, Volatile Analyst as a youth boasted fourth place ahead of subsequent Commonwealth Cup winner Golden Horde in group company at Goodwood and while he hasn’t fully realized his potential, a return to sprinting may be his best bet. key.
The bookmakers don’t believe so, but his morning chances seem to underestimate a horse that remains unexposed at the current distance and his effort of over a mile here early last month suggested he remains in good heart.
Volatile Analyst traveled like the best horse that day before being slapped on the nose by a rival’s whip and finding the mile behind him, so it could be worth gambling at a high price, especially with some layers that provide improved site conditions.
Long-term ante-post favorite Grand Ambassador could be the proverbial potential Group horse in a handicap, especially as his recent efforts have been exceptional on the clock.
Stall one can be a tricky berth though, especially as most of the pace is probably mid to high, so it’s begrudgingly overlooked for its price.