Colin Keane is quietly confident Buffer Zone will justify favouritism and go well in Saturday’s William Hill Ayr Gold Cup. Buffer Zone is the clear favourite to take the weekend’s big race and is in good shape after taking the ‘Bold Lad’ Sprint Handicap at the Curragh last Sunday.
The four-year-old will be saddled by Keane, who is again gunning for the title of Ireland’s champion Flat jockey this year along with Donnacha O’Brien, and he’s looking forward to the contest in what will be his first race at the Scottish track.
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He said: “He was very good at the Curragh the other day. Obviously he’s bouncing out quick, but he seems in good old order. “I hope he’s still ahead of the handicapper, but we’ll find out on Saturday.” Buffer Zone has been drawn in stall 21 and Keane believes that could be a blessing.
He added on Sky Sports: “I’ve never ridden at Ayr before. They tell me a high draw is a good draw, so I hope they’re right.”