Ayr Gold Cup: Summerghand rolls again the years to make Danny Tudhope first Scot to raise prize in over 50 years

Summerghand proved there is no such thing as a substitute to expertise because the eight-year-old struck in usually late style to scoop the Virgin Wager Ayr Gold Cup.

Commanche Falls regarded poised so as to add the distinguished six-furlong handicap to the Stewards’ Cup he gained in July, however he was denied within the dying strides as Scotland’s personal Danny Tudhope weaved his approach into competition aboard David O’Meara’s evergreen eight-year-old.

It was the second time this season the 12/1 winner has denied Commanche Falls, with Summerghand accounting for Michael Dods’ five-year-old when the pair clashed at York final month.

The primary two residence have run over 90 occasions between them over the course of their respective careers and it was the winner’s fifteenth victory on his 71st begin.

O’Meara was selecting up his second Ayr Gold Cup so as to add to Louis The Pious’ victory in 2014 and he instructed ITV Racing: “He is been with me a very long time and he is an outdated legend is not he?

“He is run right here an excellent few occasions and hit the woodwork a good bit. He is an absolute legend.

“Liam Heard rides him out day-after-day and I do not actually gallop him. Like a variety of these good sprinters, they do not want a variety of work. He runs fairly steadily and kind of takes care of himself.

“He loves the sport and it was an awesome experience by Danny, I believe they had been saying it has been over 50 years since a Scottish jockey has gained this race.”

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Summerghand (centre, brown cap) wins the Ayr Gold Cup for coach David O’Meara

Royal Champion lastly made his mark in Sample firm with a powerful show to land the Virgin Wager Doonside Cup Stakes at Ayr.

In contact with the leaders all through the 10-furlong Listed occasion, the 9/4 second-favourite was travelling menacingly when Jack Mitchell requested the son of Shamardal to go to the entrance two furlongs from residence. The race was quickly over as a contest and he got here residence 5 and a half lengths away from the gallant runner-up Euchen Glen.

All the time held in excessive regard by coach Roger Varian, the four-year-old was profitable for the second time this 12 months having additionally struck in handicap firm at Epsom on Oaks day. Bookmakers had been impressed, halving the winner to 33/1 for the Champion Stakes.

He stated: “I am so happy as a result of I’ve at all times liked that horse. He is run effectively in higher races and has at all times given us the texture of an excellent horse at residence. I do not know what’s subsequent, however I am wanting enthusiastically to him going ahead.”

Royal Champion wins the Doonside Cup at Ayr under Jack Mitchell
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Royal Champion wins the Doonside Cup at Ayr below Jack Mitchell

Varian – in large type on the day, finishing a 34,000/1 seven-timer throughout three playing cards – was quickly within the winner’s enclosure as soon as once more when Dusky Lord took the Virgin Wager Ayr Silver Cup Handicap in clear-cut style to offer each the handler and Mitchell a double north of the border.

The four-year-old who has threatened to land an enormous dash handicap this summer season, hit the entrance and went clear inside the ultimate furlong to document a three-length success at 14/1.

There was a shock within the Virgin Wager Firth Of Clyde Fillies’ Stakes as Richard Fahey gained the Group Three for the second time in three years with 20/1 probability Barefoot Angel.

The mount of Paul Mulrennan was a neck away from George Boughey’s Believing, with 6/4 favorite Queen Me an additional three-quarters of a size again in third.



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