Famous Horse Races

Ayr Gold Cup

Ayr Racecourse
A Brief History Of Ayr Gold Cup
The Ayr Gold Cup is a flat horse race for three-year-old and above thoroughbreds run over a straight 6 furlongs (1,207 metres) at Ayr Racecourse in September.

It was first run in 1804 when the race was contested over two separate heats of 2 miles. This bears little resemblance to the much shorter race of today, which is now the richest sprint handicap in Europe.

The current maximum number of runners is 28, taken from the 28 highest weighted horses entered for the race. The next 28 in the list compete for the Ayr Silver Cup over the same course and distance one day earlier, and the result of this can sometimes hint at a possible draw advantage in the Ayr Gold Cup.
Year
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Winner

Advanced
Fonthill Road
Presto Shinko
Funfair Wane
Quito
Funfair Wane
Continent
Bahamian Pirate
Grangeville
Always Alight
Wildwood Flower
Coastal Bluff
Royale Figurine
Daring Destiny
Hard to Figure
Lochsong
Sarcita
Final Shot
Joveworth
So Carefull
Age

4
6
4
5
6
3
4
5
4
4
4
4
4
3
7
4
3
3
6
5
Jockey

Jamie Spencer
Paul Hanagan
Seb Sanders
Paul Doe
Tony Culhane
Adrian Nicholls
Darryll Holland
Adrian Nicholls
Kieren Fallon
John Egan
Dane O'Neill
Jimmy Fortune
Darryll Holland
Jason Tate
Ray Cochrane
Francis Arrowsmith
Brett Doyle
John Lowe
Jimmy Fortune
Nicky Carlisle
Trainer

Kevin Ryan
Richard Fahey
Richard Hannon
David Nicholls
David Chapman
David Nicholls
David Nicholls
David Nicholls
Ian Balding
Karl Burke
Richard Hannon
David Barron
Martin Godley
Karl Burke
Ron Hodges
Ian Balding
David Elsworth
Peter Easterby
Mike O'Neill
Jack Berry
Owner
Time

1:12.91
1:12.70
1:12.45
1:16.15
1:09.90
1:11.76
1:09.70
1:13.47
1:11.16
1:16.12
1:11.64
1:09.54
1:11.11
1:14.61
1:09.05
1:15.51
1:09.36
1:13.80
1:14.92
1:14.54