QTS Ayr Gold Cup
Heritage Handicap, Ayr 15:40
£75,000 added,
3yo plus,
6f, Class 2   
Saturday 19th September 2020

Quinnbet

1 Nahaarr 7/2F
2 Spanish City 22/1
3 Mr Lupton 10/1
4 Soldier's Minute 20/1
24 ran NR: Wentworth Falls
Distances: ½l, 1l, ½l

The lightly-raced Nahaarr was a runaway winner at Newbury in July before finishing ninth when favourite for the Stewards’ Cup at Glorious Goodwood.

A well backed 7-2 market leader to gain compensation in another fiercely-competitive sprint handicap in Scotland, the William Haggas-trained four-year-old was travelling strongly but still well back in the field racing inside the final two furlongs.

However, once given a reminder by last week’s St Leger-winning jockey Tom Marquand, Nahaarr swiftly went through the gears and went into overdrive – finishing with a rare rattle to get up and beat Spanish City in the dying strides.

Mr Lupton – a winner in Ireland last Sunday – was third, ahead of Soldier’s Minute in fourth.

Haggas was completing a big-race double on the card, following the earlier success of stable star Addeybb in the Doonside Cup.

Speaking from his home in Newmarket, Haggas said: “It’s been a good day. We had 15 seconds in about a week and six of those were beaten a short head, so we deserved a bit of luck and thankfully we’ve got it today.”

Of Nahaarr, he added: “I watched him the whole way, obviously.

“He missed the break, which I think was a deliberate tactic as Tom felt he raced a bit freely at Goodwood and he didn’t want that to happen again today.

“I think he would have been an unlucky loser if he hadn’t won. I’m not sure what we’ll do with him now. I’m just pleased things have gone well for him today.”

Sports Betting

William Hill Ayr Gold Cup
£75,000 added, 3yo plus, 6f, Class 2
24 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places

NO. (DRAW) DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 (13)     Nahaarr 4 9-5 William Haggas Tom Marquand 7/2F
2 (9)
½ Spanish City 7 9-3 Roger Varian Ray Dawson 22/1
3 (11)
1 Mr Lupton 7 9-8 5ex Richard Fahey Billy Garritty 10/1
4 (3)
½ Soldier's Minute 5 9-3 Keith Dalgleish Callum Rodriguez 20/1
5 (7)
shd Kynren 6 9-10 David Barron William Carver 12/1
6 (10)
hd Lahore 6 9-9 Phillip Makin Rowan Scott 50/1
7 (25)
nk Arecibo 5 8-13 David O'Meara Andrea Atzeni 28/1
8 (18)
hd Wise Counsel 4 9-3 Clive Cox Daniel Tudhope 11/1
9 (22)
nk Bielsa 5 9-4 Kevin Ryan Tom Eaves 25/1
10 (4)
1 Young Fire 5 9-1 5ex David O'Meara Shane Gray 16/1
11 (20)
¾ Gulliver 6 9-10 David O'Meara Jason Hart 28/1
12 (21)
Cold Stare 5 9-1 5ex David O'Meara Paul Mulrennan 66/1
13 (19)
Stone Of Destiny 5 9-3 5ex Andrew Balding Oisin Murphy 12/1
14 (1)
½ Lexington Dash 3 8-12 Richard Hannon Sean Levey 14/1
15 (6)
Another Batt 5 9-1 David Barron Connor Beasley 10/1
16 (14)
shd Air Raid 5 9-2 Jedd O'Keeffe Jack Garritty 40/1
17 (12)
shd Barbill 4 9-7 5ex Mick Channon Franny Norton 20/1
18 (8)
nk Hey Jonesy 5 9-9 Kevin Ryan Kevin Stott 14/1
19 (15)
½ Staxton 5 8-13 5ex Tim Easterby Duran Fentiman 12/1
20 (5)
¾ Gabrial The Wire 4 9-0 Richard Fahey Paul Hanagan 28/1
21 (2)
¾ Rayong 3 9-1 K R Burke Ben Curtis 28/1
22 (24)
Bungee Jump 5 8-13 Grace Harris Richard Kingscote 66/1
23 (16)
nk Major Jumbo 6 9-10 Kevin Ryan Megan Nicholls 40/1
24 (17)
54 Koropick 6 9-3 1 Colin Teague Royston Ffrench 150/1
NR 23 (23) Wentworth Falls 8 8-13 Geoffrey Harker NON RUNNER

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