William Hill Ayr Gold Cup
|Heritage Handicap, Ayr 15:50
6f, Class 2
|Saturday 20th September 2014|
1 Louis the Pious 10/1
2 Minalisa 33/1
3 Blaine 7/1F
4 Heaven's Guest 12/1
5 Fast Shot 20/1
27 ran Distances: 2¾l, hd, nk
TIME 1m 9.53s (fast by 0.47s)
Louis the Pious wins the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup to land a really significant gamble and a wonderful James Doyle treble!
James Doyle tells Rishi: "It's the first time I've been here for seven or eight years. What can I say? Golden highway up the rail"
David O'Meara, trainer of Louis The Pious: "We put the visor on, we felt it might help him. When things go right for him, he's very good."
James Doyle, who was completing a treble on the day, grabbed the favoured near-side rail to lead inside the final furlong to put the race to bed within a matter of strides.
Louis The Pious (10-1), trained by David O'Meara, struck from stall 19 as he routed the opposition by two and three-quarter lengths.
Doyle said: "It was a golden highway up that rail, but I can't take any credit. David and his team have done a fantastic job with this lad.
"In the end, I've probably won by a bit too far.
"These races are pretty valuable and it's an important part of the season to win a few of these.
"It's a dream come true."
O'Meara said: "He was drawn well again this year and he is a good horse.
"We put the visor on him because Fran Berry rode him the last day at Ascot and thought it might just help him a little bit, and he was right.
"He's a horse with a lot of ability. Sometimes he can run an indifferent kind of race but on his day he's very good, as we saw at Royal Ascot. These big-field handicaps bring the best out of him."
Louis The Pious is owned by Frank Gillespie, who has already had a golden season this year courtesy of the exploits of The Grey Gatsby.
William Hill Ayr Gold Cup (Heritage Handicap)
£160,000 added, 3yo plus, 6f, Class 2
Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
|Dr||Dist||Horse SP Jockey||Weight||Trainer|
|1st||(19)||Louis The Pious 10/1
F M Berry
|9-4||K A Ryan|
|4th||(24)||nk||Heaven's Guest (IRE) 12/1
Samantha Bell (5)
|9-5||R A Fahey|
|5th||(25)||hd||Fast Shot 20/1
Rachel Richardson (7)
|8-10||T D Easterby|
|6th||(1)||hd||Ruwaiyan (USA) 33/1
|7th||(23)||¾||An Saighdiur (IRE) 20/1
W J Lee
|8th||(4)||s.h||Jack Dexter 20/1
|9-10||J S Goldie|
|9th||(18)||nse||Highland Acclaim (IRE) 10/1
Sam James (3)
|8-11||R A Fahey|
|11th||(16)||1||Hawkeye-thenoo (IRE) 16/1
G Bartley (3)
|9-0||J S Goldie|
|12th||(5)||½||Watchable (ex5) 9/1
|14th||(17)||nse||Barnet Fair 20/1
Cam Hardie (5)
George Chaloner (3)
|8-10||R A Fahey|
|16th||(8)||nk||Captain Ramius (IRE) 50/1
|8-12||K A Ryan|
|17th||(6)||hd||Hamza (IRE) 20/1
P J Smullen
|9-8||K A Ryan|
|18th||(14)||nk||Go Far (ex5) 16/1
|19th||(13)||hd||Rene Mathis (GER) 25/1
|9-0||R A Fahey|
|20th||(15)||1½||Mass Rally (IRE) 25/1
|21st||(12)||nk||Jimmy Styles 50/1
Ryan Tate (3)
|9-1||C G Cox|
|22nd||(10)||nk||Duke Of Firenze 33/1
|8-11||R M H Cowell|
|23rd||(9)||2½||Ashpan Sam 33/1
|9-3||J L Spearing|
|24th||(3)||½||Burn The Boats (IRE) 28/1
C T Keane
|8-11||G M Lyons|
|25th||(21)||¾||York Glory (USA) 25/1
D P McDonogh
|9-0||K A Ryan|
|26th||(7)||½||Alben Star (IRE) 16/1
Jack Garritty (5)
|9-9||R A Fahey|
|27th||(11)||3½||Eastern Impact (IRE) 20/1
|9-3||R A Fahey|