Ayr Gold Cup
The Ayr Gold Cup is a flat horse race in Scotland which is 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.
The event was established in 1804, and it was originally restricted to horses bred and trained in Scotland. It was initially contested over two separate heats of 2 miles, and for a long period thereafter it was a single race of 2 miles. It became a handicap in 1855, and its distance was cut to 6 furlongs in 1908. The Ayr Gold Cup is now the richest sprint handicap in Europe. It is presently sponsored by William Hill.
The current maximum number of runners is 27, taken from the highest-weighted horses entered for the race. The next 27 in the list compete for the Ayr Silver Cup, and the next group of 27 contest the Ayr Bronze Cup, which was introduced in 2009. The results of the Bronze and Silver Cups, both run over the same course and distance, may hint at a possible draw advantage in the Gold Cup.
There is often much debate concerning the effect of the draw (the allocation of stall positions from which the horses start the race), and whether there is any advantage in being drawn low, middle or high. Horses with the highest stall numbers run on the stands' side, while those with low numbers are on the far side. However, there are no apparent trends when comparing the draw positions of previous winners.
The draw now takes place in public two days before the event at Ayr Racecourse. As the names of the runners are drawn, the trainer (or representative) is given 60 seconds to choose an available stall number for the horse.
Winners since 1986
- Weights given in stones and pounds.
|1986||Green Ruby||5||8-11||John Williams||Toby Balding||17||25/1||1:10.60|
|1987||Not So Silly||3||7-10||Gary Bardwell||Alan Bailey||4||12/1||1:15.29|
|1988||So Careful||5||7-07||Nicky Carlisle||Jack Berry||6||33/1||1:14.54|
|1989||Joveworth||6||8-00||Jimmy Fortune||Mike O'Neill||6||50/1||1:14.92|
|1990||Final Shot||3||8-02||John Lowe||Peter Easterby||8||12/1||1:13.80|
|1991||Sarcita||3||8-10||Brett Doyle||David Elsworth||18||14/1||1:09.36|
|1992||Lochsong||4||9-00||Francis Arrowsmith||Ian Balding||28||10/1||1:15.51|
|1993||Hard to Figure||7||9-06||Ray Cochrane||Ron Hodges||8||12/1||1:09.05|
|1994||Daring Destiny||3||8-00||Jason Tate||Karl Burke||29||18/1||1:14.61|
|1995||Royale Figurine||4||8-09||Darryll Holland||M. Fetherston-Godley||27||8/1||1:11.11|
|1996||Coastal Bluff||4||9-10||Jimmy Fortune||David Barron||28||3/1 F||1:09.54|
|1997||Wildwood Flower||4||9-03||Dane O'Neill||Richard Hannon||24||14/1||1:11.64|
|1998||Always Alight||4||8-07||John Egan||Karl Burke||8||16/1||1:16.12|
|1999||Grangeville||4||9-00||Kieren Fallon||Ian Balding||17||11/1||1:11.16|
|2000||Bahamian Pirate||5||8-00||Adrian Nicholls||David Nicholls||7||33/1||1:13.47|
|2001||Continent||4||8-10||Darryll Holland||David Nicholls||22||10/1||1:09.70|
|2002||Funfair Wane||3||9-03||Adrian Nicholls||David Nicholls||16||16/1||1:11.76|
|2003||Quito||6||8-06||Tony Culhane||David Chapman||10||20/1||1:09.90|
|2004||Funfair Wane||5||8-06||Paul Doe||David Nicholls||8||33/1||1:16.15|
|2005||Presto Shinko||4||9-02||Seb Sanders||Richard Hannon||2||12/1||1:12.45|
|2006||Fonthill Road||6||9-02||Paul Hanagan||Richard Fahey||6||16/1||1:12.70|
|2007||Advanced||4||9-09||Jamie Spencer||Kevin Ryan||22||20/1||1:12.91|
|2008||Regal Parade||4||8-10||William Carson, Jr.||David Nicholls||20||18/1||1:15.48|
|2009||Jimmy Styles||5||9-02||Frankie Dettori||Clive Cox||15||14/1||1:11.35|
- galopp-sieger.de – Ayr Gold Cup.
- pedigreequery.com – Ayr Gold Cup – Ayr.