THERE may still be 173 runners entered for the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup at the five day stage, but punters seem to think the handicap revolves around only one, as favourite Poet's Place continued to be supported as market leader on Monday.

Trained by David Barron, the five-year-old struck late at Doncaster on St Leger day and, with conditions forecast to ease at the Scottish venue before Saturday, several firms trimmed the ante-post favourite's price.

Sponsors William Hill went to 5-1 (from 11-2) along with Victor Chandler, with Paddy Power and Ladbrokes also offering 5-1 (from 6).

On Wednesday the Listowel festival stages its biggest race, the Guinness Kerry National, and, like the Ayr Gold Cup, ante-post favourite Alfa Beat dominated the movers on Monday.

Power cut the six-year-old to 6-1 (from 8), while VC trimmed the Charles Byrnes-trained runner to 7-1 from the same price.

In the first leg of the autumn double, the Totesport.com Cambridgeshire, Absinthe and Ransom Note joined Nationalism at the head of the market, with Ladbrokes going 10-1 (from 12) the pair.

The impressive Doncaster winner Frankel was also subject to more interest for next year's Derby, with Power forced to cut the unbeaten juvenile to 12-1 favourite (from 16).