William Hill Ayr Gold Cup
Heritage Handicap, Ayr 15:50
£160,000 added,
3yo plus,
6f, Class 2
Saturday 20th September 2014

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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."

Louis the Pious
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Louis the Pious
Louis The Pious went one better than 12 months ago when storming home in the feature race at the Scottish track.

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.

Minalisa (33-1), who raced on the far side, was second, with Blaine (7-1 favourite) another head away in third. Heaven's Guest (12-1) fourth.

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.

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William Hill Ayr Gold Cup (Heritage Handicap)
£160,000 added, 3yo plus, 6f, Class 2
27 ran
Going: Good, Good to Firm in places

  Dr Dist Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer
1st (19) Louis The Pious 10/1
James Doyle
9-4 D O'Meara
2nd (2) Minalisa 33/1
F M Berry
9-1 Rae Guest
3rd (26) hd Blaine 7/1F
Amy Ryan
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
D Allan
9-3 J Tate
7th (23) ¾ An Saighdiur (IRE) 20/1
W J Lee
9-3 A Slattery
8th (4) s.h Jack Dexter 20/1
G Lee
9-10 J S Goldie
9th (18) nse Highland Acclaim (IRE) 10/1
Sam James (3)
8-10 D O'Meara
10th (20) ½ Ballesteros 25/1
F Norton
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
D Tudhope
9-3 D O'Meara
13th (27) s.h Racy 20/1
P Pickard
9-0 B Ellison
14th (17) nse Barnet Fair 20/1
Cam Hardie (5)
8-10 D Nicholls
15th (22) ½ Supplicant 12/1
George Chaloner (3)
8-10 R A Fahey
16th (8) nk Captain Ramius (IRE) 50/1
F Lynch
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
Martin Harley
8-13 A Bailey
19th (13) hd Rene Mathis (GER) 25/1
D Nolan
9-0 R A Fahey
20th (15) Mass Rally (IRE) 25/1
P McDonald
9-5 M Dods
21st (12) nk Jimmy Styles 50/1
Ryan Tate (3)
9-1 C G Cox
22nd (10) nk Duke Of Firenze 33/1
R Kingscote
8-11 R M H Cowell
23rd (9) Ashpan Sam 33/1
P Makin
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) Eastern Impact (IRE) 20/1
T Hamilton
9-3 R A Fahey

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