Templegate’s 12-1 Ayr Gold Cup tip is in ‘form of his life’ & a Constitution Hill special begging to be backed

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TEMPLEGATE is getting stuck in to a brilliant end to the Flat season – and the start of the jumps – with his latest ante-post tipping column.

Our man reckons he’s found one at a price in the £180,000 Ayr Gold Cup.

PASummerghand has never run better aged nine and trainer David O’Meara could have another big pot in him[/caption]

And he doesn’t mince his words when it comes to Constitution Hill staying over hurdles either.

Templegate’s Ayr Gold Cup ante-post pick

SUMMERGHAND is in the form of his life and can continue the excellent run by defending his Ayr Gold Cup crown.

The veteran looked his age earlier this season but has turned his form around ever since his close-up fourth in a hot handicap at York four starts ago.

He was then really unlucky to finish second in the Great St Wilfrid Handicap at Ripon where the line came a few yards too soon.

He then got the big win he deserves back on the Knavesmire when taking the Constantine Handicap for the second year running ahead of 16 rivals.

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His run at The Curragh last weekend only boosts confidence.

The Irish track is not the best for sprinters that like to come with a late rattle.

And it wasn’t a shock to see him finish fourth after trying to pick his way through a wall of horses.

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Summerghand is on a fair weight and we know he loves Ayr so he can go close.

We don’t know the draw at this early stage but the 12-1 with Bet365 stands out and looks a cracker each-way.

BET: SUMMERGHAND 12-1 for the Ayr Gold Cup

Right call on Con Hill

I know there’s been some gnashing of teeth about Constitution Hill staying over hurdles this season but I think Nicky Henderson and connections are doing the right thing.

He is a brilliant hurdler who has already won the Champion and there isn’t a horse in that sphere who can get within ten lengths of him when he’s fully wound up.

Chasing is a totally different game and the Hill’s slick hurdling style may not be suited to the bigger obstacles.

There’s also some logic in the view that a horse that tanks along so well over 2m4f may struggle to maintain the gallop over almost a mile further in the Gold Cup – with the extra exertion of jumping fences thrown into the bargain.

You can cash in on the decision to stay hurdling.

William Hill are offering evens that Constitution Hill stays unbeaten next season.

That seems a pretty big price to me as he’ll be wrapped in cotton wool and there’s nothing emerging from the novice ranks to give him sleepless nights.

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Constitution Hill To Win The 2024 Champion Hurdle By 10 Lengths Or More 10-3

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