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Our Jonathan Takes Gold at Ayr
17/09/11

1 Our Jonathan 11/1
2 Eton Rifles 6/1F
3 Son Of The Cat 18/1
4 Colonel Mak 16/1
NR: Group Therapy
26 ran Distances: 2l, 1½l, nk
TIME 1m 15.35s (slow by 5.05s)

Class told in the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup at Ayr Racecourse on Saturday when the well gambled Our Jonathan won by a very cosy two lengths from favourite Eton Rifles.

Our Jonathan
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Our Jonathan

Ridden by Franny Norton, trained by Kevin Ryan and owned by Dr Marwan Koukash who also owns Redford who won the race last year the 11/1 shot was one of the easiest winners of the race with plenty in hand of the others.

Named after the owner's brother in law's son who died playing football at the age of 15 Our Jonathan was a really successful two year old a couple of years back and returned to top form to stay on strongly and turn over the 6/1 favourite.

Dr Koukash was unstinting in his praise for Our Jonathan and said it didn't matter where you were drawn in the race. He said : "We were drawn in the middle and could have gone either way and we could have won it, he won it so easily.

"I am so glad I came up this year, I missed last year's so it is great to be up here. Great course, great people, great result. We left at six this morning to be here and I don't think we'll go back till six o'clock tomorrow morning now."

Trainer Kevin Ryan added : "In the last ten days he has really sparkled - it is difficult to be confident for the Ayr Gold Cup but I felt he was just right today."

And a jubilant Franny Norton commented :"I was destined to win this race - I was due to ride Redford last year and Bahamian Pirate a few years ago who both won but today was the day for me."

More than 10,000 people enjoyed the racing on Saturday and despite a poor forecast the weather held up remarkably well.

The William Ayr Silver Cup also produced a remarkable result when the winner of last year's Bronze Cup, Cheveton won at 12/1 under Dale Swift for trainer Richard Price. The seven year old won by half a length from Marvellous Value (20/1). Could it be a Gold Cup win beckoning for Cheveton next year ?

Friday's William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup produced a 1-2 for trainer Richard Fahey whjen Coolminx (Barry McHugh) beat Jeannie Galloway (Paul Hanagan).

Other highlights during the week included a superb performance from Poet, trained by Clive Cox and ridden by Adam Kirby to win the williamhill.com Doonside Cup at odds of 5/4 fav. On Saturday and earlier the same afternoon Roger Sez (14/1) annihilated the field in the Laundry Cottage Stud Firth of Clyde Stakes.

And although he didn't win the Gold Cup this time round David Nicholls did land a trophy with the williamhill.com Ayrshire Handicap going the way of Don't Call Me ridden by his son Adrian and returned at 12/1.

Thursday's feature race, the williamhill.com Handicap for ther Kilkerran Cup was won by Alistair Whillans Scrapper Smith in the hands of Julie Burke while the BAM Properties Harry Rosebery Stakes for the South Ayrshire Cup on Friday went the way of Caledonia Lady (5/4 fav) ridden by Paul Hanagan for trainer Jo Hughes.

 

Position
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Starting Price
Beaten Distance
1
Our Jonathan
K A Ryan
F Norton
9st 6lbs
11 - 1
Winner
2
Eton Rifles
D R C Elsworth
T E Durcan
9st 3lbs
6 - 1
2 lengths
3
Son Of The Cat
B Gubby
S De Sousa
9st 0lbs
18 - 1
1 1/2 length
4
Colonel Mak
T D Barron
Lee Newman
9st 0lbs
16 - 1
Neck
5
Pastoral Player
H Morrison
D Holland
9st 4lbs
18 - 1
Nose
6
Evens And Odds
K A Ryan
Julie Burke
8st 13lbs
33 - 1
1/2 length
7
Croisultan
L McAteer
N G McCullagh
9st 1lbs
10 - 1
1/2 length
8
Waffle
T D Barron
P Makin
9st 6lbs
20 - 1
2 1/4 lengths
9
Tajneed
D Nicholls
M O'Connell
9st 4lbs
25 - 1
1/2 length
10
Hawkeyethenoo
J S Goldie
G Bartley
9st 5lbs
12 - 1
1/2 length
11
Regal Parade
D Nicholls
Adrian Nicholls
9st 9lbs
12 - 1
Neck
12
High Standing
W J Haggas
A Culhane
9st 1lbs
20 - 1
Neck
13
Majestic Myles
R A Fahey
J P O'Brien
9st 10lbs
25 - 1
1/2 length
14
Ancient Cross
M W Easterby
P Aspell
9st 1lbs
28 - 1
1/2 length
15
Breathless Kiss
K A Ryan
Amy Ryan
8st 13lbs
66 - 1
1/2 length
16
Dungannon
A M Balding
L Keniry
9st 0lbs
20 - 1
2 1/4 lengths
17
Light From Mars
J J Quinn
D Swift
9st 0lbs
50 - 1
1 1/2 length
18
Kaldoun Kingdom
R A Fahey
Lee Topliss
8st 13lbs
16 - 1
1/2 length
19
Anne Of Kiev
J Gask
A Kirby
9st 1lbs
28 - 1
1 1/4 length
20
Castles In The Air
R A Fahey
George Chaloner
8st 13lbs
40 - 1
3/4 length
21
Mayson
R A Fahey
P Hanagan
8st 13lbs
14 - 1
1 3/4 length
22
Pepper Lane
D O'Meara
D Tudhope
9st 4lbs
14 - 1
1 length
23
Brave Prospector
R A Fahey
T Hamilton
8st 12lbs
40 - 1
3/4 length
24
Darajaat
M P Tregoning
R Ffrench
8st 13lbs
40 - 1
1/2 length
25
Mac's Power
J R Fanshawe
E Ahern
9st 1lbs
12 - 1
10 lengths
26
Below Zero
M Johnston
F M Berry
8st 13lbs
28 - 1
6 lengths
NonRunner
Group Therapy
T D Barron
D Allan
9st 6lbs
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