Paul Cole warns Baron Bolt needs to produce some of his old sparkle to have any chance of securing back-to-back victories in the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup.
Having created history when dead-heating with Son Of Rest in the race 12 months ago, the six-year-old gelding is a general 16-1 chance to claim a second successive victory in the six-furlong dash on September 21.
In four starts this season, the son of Kheleyf has looked a shadow of his former self – including on his most recent outing when beating just one rival home in the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood.
Cole said: “Baron Bolt has not really run up to expectations this season.
“He has been left in the Ayr Gold Cup, and that is his target again.
“He needs to show some form to go up there, but he does seem a bit more enthusiastic now.”
Following Baron Bolt’s latest effort, the Whatcombe handler has given him a check-over – which he hopes will have the desired effect.
He added: “We’ve not had the enthusiasm we had from the horse that we did last year.
“We had a look to see if something was bothering him – we have given him a little bit of maintenance.
“He seems to be a lot happier than he was.”