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Louis goes one better in Ayr Gold Cup

Louis The Pious went one better than last year in winning the coveted Ayr Gold Cup under an inspired James Doyle. David O’Meara’s charge had finished runner-up twelve months ago to Highland Colori, but taking advantage of a kind draw, he stuck to the near side rail to record an impressive 2 3/4 length victory.


The Silver Cup earlier in the day had proved that a high draw was ideal at Ayr and Louis The Pious made the most of coming out of stall 19. James Doyle who was recording a hat-trick on the card in the process, gave the 6yo a peach of a ride, providing owner Frank Gillespie with another day to remember in what has been a memorable season.


As expected, the main bunch of the field had come to the near side early in the 6f handicap, and it was this group that held a narrow advantage throughout. Louis The Pious travelled supremely well into contention half way and eventually came through to win going away.


Over on the far side, Rae Guest’s Minalisa ran a cracker to finish second in the end. The remaining places were filled by the fast finishing favourite Blaine and Heavens Guest.


A delighted Doyle said: “I haven’t been up here in I’d say seven or eight years and I didn’t get much of a chance to look at the races because our pilot was late! I only just arrived before the first race.


“The stand side obviously makes a difference. I can’t take any of the credit for this. The boys in the yard have done a great job with him. He is 8lbs higher (than last year) and to bring him back this year and win is brilliant. I have probably won by too far as well so I will probably get a rollocking!”


Delighted owner Frank Gillespie, who has enjoyed big days with The Grey Gatsby this season as well, said: “We have had a wonderful season. “We always knew that Louis was a great horse, he was second here last year. We didn’t know as much about The Grey Gatsby. David is a fantastic trainer.”


O’Meara himself added: “He was drawn well again this year and he has came out of the stall that last year’s winner came out of. He is a good horse. We put the visor on him today as Fran Berry that rode him the last day said it might help.


“He is a very talented horse. He can sometimes run a very indifferent race but on his day he is very good.”


By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire


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