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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.

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The Draw

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.

Year

Winner

Age

Weight

Jockey

Trainer

Draw

SP

Time
1986 Green Ruby 5 8-11 John Williams Toby Balding 17 025.0025/1 1:10.60
1987 Not So Silly 3 7-10 Gary Bardwell Alan Bailey 4 012.0012/1 1:15.29
1988 So Careful 5 7-07 Nicky Carlisle Jack Berry 6 033.0033/1 1:14.54
1989 Joveworth 6 8-00 Jimmy Fortune Mike O'Neill 6 050.0050/1 1:14.92
1990 Final Shot 3 8-02 John Lowe Peter Easterby 8 012.0012/1 1:13.80
1991 Sarcita 3 8-10 Brett Doyle David Elsworth 18 014.0014/1 1:09.36
1992 Lochsong 4 9-00 Francis Arrowsmith Ian Balding 28 010.0010/1 1:15.51
1993 Hard to Figure 7 9-06 Ray Cochrane Ron Hodges 8 012.0012/1 1:09.05
1994 Daring Destiny 3 8-00 Jason Tate Karl Burke 29 018.0018/1 1:14.61
1995 Royale Figurine 4 8-09 Darryll Holland M. Fetherston-Godley 27 008.008/1 1:11.11
1996 Coastal Bluff 4 9-10 Jimmy Fortune David Barron 28 003.003/1 F 1:09.54
1997 Wildwood Flower 4 9-03 Dane O'Neill Richard Hannon 24 014.0014/1 1:11.64
1998 Always Alight 4 8-07 John Egan Karl Burke 8 016.0016/1 1:16.12
1999 Grangeville 4 9-00 Kieren Fallon Ian Balding 17 011.0011/1 1:11.16
2000 Bahamian Pirate 5 8-00 Adrian Nicholls David Nicholls 7 033.0033/1 1:13.47
2001 Continent 4 8-10 Darryll Holland David Nicholls 22 010.0010/1 1:09.70
2002 Funfair Wane 3 9-03 Adrian Nicholls David Nicholls 16 016.0016/1 1:11.76
2003 Quito 6 8-06 Tony Culhane David Chapman 10 020.0020/1 1:09.90
2004 Funfair Wane 5 8-06 Paul Doe David Nicholls 8 033.0033/1 1:16.15
2005 Presto Shinko 4 9-02 Seb Sanders Richard Hannon 2 012.0012/1 1:12.45
2006 Fonthill Road 6 9-02 Paul Hanagan Richard Fahey 6 016.0016/1 1:12.70
2007 Advanced 4 9-09 Jamie Spencer Kevin Ryan 22 020.0020/1 1:12.91
2008 Regal Parade 4 8-10 William Carson, Jr. David Nicholls 20 018.0018/1 1:15.48
2009 Jimmy Styles 5 9-02 Frankie Dettori Clive Cox 15 014.0014/1 1:11.35

References


  • The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books. 1993. p. 183. ISBN 1-873626-15-0. 

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