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Dettori lands Ayr Gold Cup spoils

Frankie Dettori and Jimmy Styles
Delighted Dettori wth his winning mount at Ayr

Frankie Dettori claimed his first win in the prestigious Ayr Gold Cup as Jimmy Styles held off the challenge of Barney McGrew ridden by Tom Eaves.

The Italian star grabbed the glory in the £150,000 sprint handicap on the 14-1 shot, trained by Clive Cox.

Dettori was always travelling well on the five-year-old and drove on strongly in the closing stages to win by a head.

Knot In Wood (11-1) was three-quarters of a length away in third while the 7-1 favourite Evens And Odds was fourth.

A delighted Dettori said: "It's a great race to win, I've never won it before and I'm thrilled.

"I was following Roger Charlton's horse (Genki) early on and my horse stayed on really well."

Cox had wanted to nominate stall 19 for his horse but was given 15 when he lost connection on his phone at Thursday's draw ceremony, but all that was forgotten.

"We lost the connection, it happens to everybody and it doesn't matter now," the Lambourn trainer said.

"It's fantastic to have won this race. He has always promised to be a good horse and I'm pleased for everyone in the yard. We have had a tremendous year and this is the icing on the cake.

"I did not think a week ago the ground would come right for him with all the rain they had, but it did and I couldn't be more delighted.

"We'll have to talk to the owners about it and I don't know what we will do with him."


Ayr Gold Cup

1. Jimmy Styles (L Dettori) 14-1
2. Barney McGrew (T Eaves) 20-1
3. Knot In Wood (B McHugh) 11-1
4. Evens And Odds (A Nicholls) 7-1 Fav
26 ran



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