Golden secures Silver honours in Ayr battle

Another big win for the Tim Easterby team

  • Saturday 21 September
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Golden Apollo gave Tim Easterby a second big handicap triumph in 24 hours when landing the William Hill Silver Cup at Ayr.

The Great Habton trainer struck with Music Society in the Bronze Cup on Friday and Golden Apollo (12-1) repeated the trick over the same six furlongs.

As in the Bronze Cup, low numbers held sway with David Allan bringing the six-year-old with a telling run from stall five towards the far side to beat Gabrial The Saint, drawn two, by a neck.

Get Knotted was a length away in third and Show Stealer a neck away in fourth.

“We thought he would win the Ayr Gold Cup a couple of years ago, but it was off so that was that,” Easterby told ITV Racing.

“We were first out of the hat, walked the track, wasted a day. It’s taken two years to catch up.”

Allan said: “He’s been a bit unfortunate. He just needed a strong pace and with this number of runners and the type of race, it’s right up his street and it’s worked perfect.

“I just switched him off the far rail but he was closing quite easy and I knew I was going to get there, but he was pulling up a bit in front.”

Waarif (11-2) repeated last year’s victory in the William Hill Foundation: Uniting Against Dementia Handicap with a gutsy display.

Danny Tudhope switched to the David O’Meara-trained six-year-old after his intended mount, Hortzadar, was a late non-runner and it paid off with a half-length verdict over Kynren.

“He’s very tough,” said Tudhope

“He won this race last year and it’s nice to do it again. He’s won well with a bit in hand.”

Tudhope completed a double on Wise Counsel (7-1) for Lambourn trainer Clive Cox in the Microtech Group Handicap.

Tell Me All just hung on to claim the Millar Callaghan Engineering 20th Anniversary EBF Nursery Handicap.

Ireland’s champion jockey Colin Keane kicked on fully three furlongs out on the Sir Mark Prescott-trained runner and the 9-4 favourite was all out to hold the late challenge of Yoshimi by a short head.

Mick Channon’s Certain Lad (11-4 favourite) held course specialist Nicholas T by a neck in the William Hill Leading Racecourse Bookmaker Handicap under Ben Curtis and apprentice Sean Davis got Peter Fahey’s Irish raider Shamad (6-1) home by a short head to deny Employer in the Jordan Electrics Ltd Handicap.

Golden secures Silver honours in Ayr battle
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