William Hill Ayr Gold Cup
|Heritage Handicap, Ayr
6f, Class 2
|Saturday 20th September 2014|
An Saighdiur blitzed his rivals to land the Listed Cork Stakes for trainer Andrew Slattery on April 6.
The 12-1 chance travelled serenely at the head of affairs in the hands of Billy Lee, and it was apparent a long way out that hot favourite Maarek, winner of the Prix de l'Abbaye last season, was in trouble.
Outlining the campaign ahead for his seven-year-old, Slattery said: "He got blocked in the Ayr Silver Cup last year, but the Ayr Gold Cup is definitely on the agenda now as he'll get in. He'll go to Royal Ascot if the ground is soft.
"There aren't many races before Royal Ascot for him, so he'll maybe go for the Paddy Power at the Curragh. He's a big, galloping horse that wants soft ground. Jumping out and bowling along is the way to ride him. He's a fitter and better horse this year."
William Hill Extend Ayr Gold Cup Sponsorship
William Hill have extended their sponsorship of Scotland’s richest and most prestigious flat meeting the Ayr Gold Cup Festival by three years until September 2016.
The bookmaking giant have sponsored the festival since 2009 and during that time the fixture has grown in stature and this year the third and final day featuring the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup was for the first time Channel 4’s showcase meeting on the day.
William Hill initially signed a three year deal with Ayr Racecourse to sponsor the Gold Cup Festival in 2009 and renewed that in 2011 with a two year deal that ended in September this year. This latest extension was welcomed by both parties.
The contract covers full naming rights of the Festival and sponsorships of the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup – Europe’s most valuable sprint handicap, the Silver and Bronze Cups, plus the Doonside Cup, Ayrshire Handicap and Kilkerran Cup.
Jennie Prest, Sponsorship & PR Manager for William Hill said : “We are delighted to be renewing our sponsorship of the Gold Cup Festival once again, and to be continuing our now long standing relationship with the team at Ayr Racecourse.
“Year-on-year the meeting is popular with both the punters, who love the challenge of the Bronze, Silver and Gold Cups and the racegoers, who are always treated to a superb Scottish welcome. We look forward to working alongside the course to ensure the meeting continues to be a success each year.”
Ayr Racecourse Chairman Alan Macdonald welcomed the extension and said : “William Hill and the Ayr Gold Cup Festival has proved to be a good fit and is now firmly established as one of the best working sponsorship partnerships in horse racing.
“By signing this three year extension both parties can look forward to continuing to work together to maintain and increase the profile of this marvellous three days of racing which is without doubt one of the highlights of the flat season in the UK.”