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Ayr Gold Cup
Handicap race
Location Ayr Racecourse
Ayr, Scotland
Inaugurated 1804
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor William Hill
Website Ayr
Race information
Distance 6f (1,207 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Straight
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight Handicap
Purse £160,000 (2014)
1st: £99,600
Ayr Gold Cup
2014
Light green and dark green diamonds Dark blue and white stripes, white sleeves, hooped cap Black, white seams, white sleeves, black armlets, black cap
Louis The Pious Minalisa Blaine

The Ayr Gold Cup is a flat handicap horse race in Great Britain open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Ayr over a distance of 6 furlongs (1,207 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

History[edit]

The event was established in 1804, and it was originally held at Ayr's former racecourse at Belleisle. In the early part of its history it was restricted to horses bred and trained in Scotland. It was initially contested over two separate heats of two miles, and was subsequently a single race with a two-mile distance.

The Ayr Gold Cup became a handicap in 1855, and it was shortened to about a mile in 1870. The Belleisle track closed in 1907, and the race was relocated and cut to 6 furlongs in 1908.

The lightest winning weight in the race since it became a sprint is 6 st 13 lb (44 kg). This was carried to victory by Marmaduke Jinks in 1936. The heaviest is 10 st (63½ kg), the burden of Roman Warrior in 1975. The latter horse, trained at Ayr by Nigel Angus, is the most recent winner trained in Scotland.

The field for the Ayr Gold Cup is formed from the highest-weighted horses entered for the race. The maximum number of runners is currently twenty-seven. Those eliminated are now offered the chance to compete in the Ayr Silver Cup, a consolation race introduced in 1992. An event for horses excluded from that race, the Ayr Bronze Cup, was established in 2009.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (3 wins):

  • Dazzle – 1889, 1890, 1891

Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Tom Nicholson – Dominie Skelp (1827), Brunswick (1830), Gondolier (1831), Masetto (1834)
  • William Noble – Despot (1836), The Doctor (1840), The Recorder (1842), The Shadow (1843)
(note: the jockeys of some of the early winners are unknown)

Leading trainer (15 wins):

  • Tom Dawson – Inheritor (1835, 1838), Despot (1836, 1837), The Doctor (1840), Doctor Caius (1841), The Recorder (1842), The Shadow (1843, 1844), Inheritress (1845, 1846), Stilton (1852), Itch (1854), Tabouret (1868), Good Hope (1869)
(note: the trainers of some of the early winners are unknown)


Winners since 1980[edit]

  • Weights given in stones and pounds.
Year Winner Age Weight Jockey Trainer SP Time
1980 Sparkling Boy 3 9-02 John Lowe Paul Kelleway 1015 15/1
1981 First Movement 3 7-10 Mick Miller Geoff Huffer 1014 14/1
1982 Famous Star 3 7-07 Paul Eddery Michael Albina 1006.5 13/2
1983 Polly's Brother 5 8-03 Kevin Hodgson Peter Easterby 1011 11/1
1984 Able Albert 4 8-06 Mark Birch Peter Easterby 1009 9/1
1985 Camps Heath 4 7-09 Wendyll Woods Frankie Durr 1014 14/1
1986 Green Ruby 5 8-11 John Williams Toby Balding 1025 25/1 1:10.60
1987 Not So Silly 3 7-10 Gary Bardwell Alan Bailey 1012 12/1 1:15.29
1988 So Careful 5 7-07 Nicky Carlisle Jack Berry 1033 33/1 1:14.54
1989 Joveworth 6 8-00 Jimmy Fortune Mike O'Neill 1050 50/1 1:14.92
1990 Final Shot 3 8-02 John Lowe Peter Easterby 1012 12/1 1:13.80
1991 Sarcita 3 8-10 Brett Doyle David Elsworth 1014 14/1 1:09.36
1992 Lochsong 4 9-00 Francis Arrowsmith Ian Balding 1010 10/1 1:15.51
1993 Hard to Figure 7 9-06 Ray Cochrane Ron Hodges 1012 12/1 1:09.05
1994 Daring Destiny 3 8-00 Jason Tate Karl Burke 1018 18/1 1:14.61
1995 Royale Figurine 4 8-09 Darryll Holland M. Fetherston-Godley 1008 8/1 1:11.11
1996 Coastal Bluff 4 9-10 Jimmy Fortune David Barron 1003 3/1 F 1:09.54
1997 Wildwood Flower 4 9-03 Dane O'Neill Richard Hannon, Sr. 1014 14/1 1:11.64
1998 Always Alight 4 8-07 John Egan Karl Burke 1016 16/1 1:16.12
1999 Grangeville 4 9-00 Kieren Fallon Ian Balding 1011 11/1 1:11.16
2000 Bahamian Pirate 5 8-00 Adrian Nicholls David Nicholls 1033 33/1 1:13.47
2001 Continent 4 8-10 Darryll Holland David Nicholls 1010 10/1 1:09.70
2002 Funfair Wane 3 9-03 Adrian Nicholls David Nicholls 1016 16/1 1:11.76
2003 Quito 6 8-06 Tony Culhane David Chapman 1020 20/1 1:09.90
2004 Funfair Wane 5 8-06 Paul Doe David Nicholls 1033 33/1 1:16.15
2005 Presto Shinko 4 9-02 Seb Sanders Richard Hannon, Sr. 1012 12/1 1:12.45
2006 Fonthill Road 6 9-02 Paul Hanagan Richard Fahey 1016 16/1 1:12.70
2007 Advanced 4 9-09 Jamie Spencer Kevin Ryan 1020 20/1 1:12.91
2008 Regal Parade 4 8-10 William Carson, Jr. David Nicholls 1018 18/1 1:15.48
2009 Jimmy Styles 5 9-02 Frankie Dettori Clive Cox 1014 14/1 1:11.35
2010 Redford 5 9-02 Frankie Dettori David Nicholls 1014 14/1 1:10.26
2011 Our Jonathan 4 9-06 Francis Norton Kevin Ryan 1011 11/1 1:15.35
2012 Captain Ramius 6 9-00 Pat Smullen Kevin Ryan 1016 16/1 1:14.13
2013 Highland Colori 5 8-13 Oisin Murphy Andrew Balding 1020 20/1 1:12.65
2014 Louis the Pious 6 9-04 James Doyle David O'Meara 1010 10/1 1:09.53

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1804: Chancellor
  • 1805: Chancellor
  • 1806: Young Newbyth
  • 1807: Juno
  • 1808: Young Daffodil
  • 1809: Bit of Tartan
  • 1810: colt by John Bull
  • 1811: Ayrshire Lass
  • 1812: Ardrossan
  • 1813: Snodgrass
  • 1814: Ardrossan
  • 1815: Marquis
  • 1816: Kate Kearney
  • 1817: Glengary
  • 1818: Sans Culottes
  • 1819: Monreith
  • 1820: Chance
  • 1821: colt by Stamford
  • 1822: colt by Viscount
  • 1823: Lancer
  • 1824: Stratherne
  • 1825: Lancer
  • 1826: Robin Hood
  • 1827: Dominie Skelp
  • 1828: Mary
  • 1829: Spadassin
  • 1830: Brunswick
  • 1831: Gondolier
  • 1832: Vyvyan
  • 1833: Philip
  • 1834: Masetto
  • 1835: Inheritor
  • 1836: Despot
  • 1837: Despot
  • 1838: Inheritor
  • 1839: Lanercost
  • 1840: The Doctor
  • 1841: Doctor Caius
  • 1842: The Recorder
  • 1843: The Shadow
  • 1844: The Shadow
  • 1845: Inheritress
  • 1846: Inheritress
  • 1847: Eryx
  • 1848: Chanticleer
  • 1849: Glen Saddel
  • 1850: Elthiron
  • 1851: Elthiron
  • 1852: Stilton
  • 1853: Testator
  • 1854: Itch
  • 1855: John Dory
  • 1856: The Assayer
  • 1857: Gathercole
  • 1858: Trip the Daisy
  • 1859: Susannah
  • 1860: Greta
  • 1861: Bloomsbury
  • 1862: Little Captain
  • 1863: Bohemian
  • 1864: Newchurch
  • 1865: Nothing More
  • 1866: Fitzroy
  • 1867: Miss Havelock
  • 1868: Tabouret
  • 1869: Good Hope
  • 1870: Lady of Lyons
  • 1871: Irregularity
  • 1872: Alaric
  • 1873: Lord Derby
  • 1874: Servia
  • 1875: Munden
  • 1876: Coltness
  • 1877: Ivy
  • 1878: Sutler
  • 1879: Umbria
  • 1880: Strathblane
  • 1881: Heath Bird
  • 1882: Tita
  • 1883: Tibicen
  • 1884: Perdita
  • 1885: Daylight
  • 1886: Daylight
  • 1887: Mirth
  • 1888: Reverie
  • 1889: Dazzle
  • 1890: Dazzle
  • 1891: Dazzle
  • 1892: Horton
  • 1893: Once More
  • 1894: Mimram
  • 1895: Linton
  • 1896: Athel
  • 1897: Athel
  • 1898: Gyp
  • 1899: Portebella
  • 1900: Child Waters
  • 1901: Caedmon
  • 1902: Lovetin
  • 1903: Kirkbride
  • 1904: King's Birthday
  • 1905: Kilglass
  • 1906: Cyrus
  • 1907: Charis
  • 1908: Raeberry
  • 1909: Alwine
  • 1910: Raeberry
  • 1911: Saucy John
  • 1912: Grammont
  • 1913: Borrow
  • 1914–16: no race
  • 1917: Wayward
  • 1918: no race
  • 1919: Beresina
  • 1920: Forest Guard
  • 1921: Self Sacrifice
  • 1922: Soldennis
  • 1923: Baydon
  • 1924: Westmead
  • 1925: Phalaros
  • 1926: Lord Wembley
  • 1927: Martenax
  • 1928: Nothing Venture
  • 1929: Tommy Atkins
  • 1930: Heronslea
  • 1931: Heronslea
  • 1932: Solenoid
  • 1933: Ken Hill
  • 1934: Figaro
  • 1935: Greenore
  • 1936: Marmaduke Jinks
  • 1937: Daytona
  • 1938: Old Reliance
  • 1939–45: no race
  • 1946: Royal Charger
  • 1947: Kilbelin
  • 1948: Como
  • 1949: Irish Dance
  • 1950: First Consul
  • 1951: Fair Seller
  • 1952: Vatellus
  • 1953: Blue Butterfly
  • 1954: Orthopaedic
  • 1955: Hook Money
  • 1956: Precious Heather
  • 1957: Jacintha
  • 1958: Rhythmic
  • 1959: Whistling Victor
  • 1960: Dawn Watch
  • 1961: Klondyke Bill
  • 1962: Janeat
  • 1963: Egualita
  • 1964: Compensation
  • 1965: Kamundu
  • 1966: Milesius
  • 1967: Be Friendly
  • 1968: Petite Path
  • 1969: Brief Star
  • 1970: John Splendid
  • 1971: Royben
  • 1972: Swinging Junior
  • 1973: Blue Cashmere
  • 1974: Somersway
  • 1975: Roman Warrior
  • 1976: Last Tango
  • 1977: Jon George
  • 1978: Vaigly Great
  • 1979: Primula Boy

See also[edit]

References[edit]


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Date: Friday 19th September 1975 | Course: Ayr | Distance: 6f | Going: Good | Winning Time: 1m 12.4s | Winner: Roman Warrior | Runners: 23.

2003 Tote Ayr Gold Cup Handicap

Date: Saturday 20th September 2003 | Course: Ayr | Distance: 6f | Going: Good | Winning Time: 1m 9.9s | Winner: Quito | Runners: 26.

1987 Ladbrokes Ayr Gold Cup (Handicap)

Date: Friday 18th September 1987 | Course: Ayr | Distance: 6f | Going: Good to Soft | Winning Time: 1m 15.29s | Winner: Not So Silly | Runners: 29.

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Course: Ayr | Distance: 6f | Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places | Winner: Always Alight | Runners: 29.

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Date: Friday 16th September 1988 | Course: Ayr | Distance: 6f | Going: Good to Soft | Winning Time: 1m 14.54s | Winner: So Careful | Runners: 29.

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Eurosport.com AU

Eurosport.com AU
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:07:31 -0700

The feature race on the final day of Ayr's Western meeting, the Ayr Gold Cup, was won by Louis The Pious in convincing fashion. Having come runner-up last year, the David O'Meara-trained horse triumphed this time around taking the honours from outsider ...

gulfnews.com

gulfnews.com
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 03:22:38 -0700

The 19-year-old, whose reputation has been growing since he rode a four-timer at the Ayr Gold Cup meeting last season, says he intends to grab the opportunity and to ride as many winners as he can for his new boss. “This is a great opportunity to ride ...

Daily Racing Form

Daily Racing Form
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:10:23 -0700

Jack Dexter, second in this race last year under soft conditions, is a contender but was only eighth of 20 in the Ayr Gold Cup in Scotland on Sept. 20. :: QIPCO Champions Day: Get free PPs. The most popular horse on the undercard has royal connections.

The Guardian (blog)

The Guardian (blog)
Fri, 03 Oct 2014 16:00:28 -0700

Ascot 3.15 Louis The Pious steps up to Group Three company after his comfortable success in the Ayr Gold Cup and has the big field of opponents that seems to bring out the best in him. There is often not much between the best sprint handicappers and ...

Sportinglife.com

Sportinglife.com
Fri, 03 Oct 2014 08:57:43 -0700

The Ayr Gold Cup has provided four of the last five winners of the totesport Challenge at Ascot, with Advanced, Redford, Pastoral Player and Heaven's Guest all graduating from good runs in Scotland before winning in Berkshire. The first-named of that ...

Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:18:24 -0700

Who would have thought when Qipco British Champions Day was first created that the star attraction would be a French veteran who is arguably too old for a tilt at a Cheltenham Festival novice hurdle. It is strange how events pan out, but in fairness to ...

Irish Independent

Irish Independent
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:31:49 -0700

Top Notch Tonto and Louis The Pious are two higher rated rivals that will doubtless figure prominently in this, but the latter David O'Meara-trained Ayr Gold Cup winner may not be ideally suited by this trip on unsuitably soft ground. While Top Notch ...

Sportinglife.com

Sportinglife.com
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:22:14 -0700

I'll be watching it if I get the chance, but if there's one lesson I've learned it's to try and steer clear of the run-of-the-mill Flat stuff on the turf from the Ayr Gold Cup meeting onwards as results become ever less predictable. On pedigree, Dream ...
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