Imperator among Ayr absentees
Rex Imperator was the most notable absentee from the confirmations for the William Hill Gold Cup at Ayr on Saturday.
The Stewards' Cup hero will not attempt to double up in big sprint handicaps after finishing unplaced in the Group One Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock. Rex Imperator had been around a 14/1 chance for the six-furlong showpiece.
Ante-post market leader Baccarat, winner of the Great St Wilfrid for trainer Richard Fahey, stands his ground, as does Dean Ivory's prgoressive performer Tropics.
Heading the weights after more than 200 horses were left standing in the hope of getting in the Silver or Bronze Cups, even if not in the big one itself for which there is a maximum field of 27, is Jack Dexter.
His trainer Jim Goldie also has Hawkeyethenoo as the Glasgow handler bids to saddle the first Scottish winner for 38 years.
An entry of quality as well as quantity includes Betfred Sprint Cup third Hoof It, Wokingham winner York Glory, Hamza, Arnold Lane and Spinatrix.
There are four past winners in the list - Captain Ramius (2012), Our Jonathan (2011), Jimmy Styles (2009) and Regal Parade (2008).