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Abdon (4.50) can triumph in the Doonside Cup on the opening day of Ayr’s Western meeting

The Listed Doonside Cup is the feature event on the opening day of what is, in theory, the Ayr Gold Cup Festival in association with a non-ABP bookmaker, but most us still think of as Ayr’s Western meeting. The going is soft, good-to-soft in places, and David Lanigan has chosen the race as a possible stepping stone to the Champion Stakes at Ascot, no less, for his classy four-year-old Almodovar.

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