Highland Colori turned what looked a competitive William Hill Ayr Gold Cup into a rout, running out a convincing winner for the rising star of the weighing room Oisin Murphy.
Earlier this week Murphy’s boss Andrew Balding, who trained the 20-1 winner, stated the young rider would not be riding in races worth less than �6,000 in an attempt to keep hold of his claim for as long as possible, and it is easy to see why.
For a brief moment Jack Dexter looked like giving Scotland a long-awaited success but at least Highland Colori’s owner, Evan Sutherland, hails from north of the border.
Louis The Pious was second, two and a half lengths away, with Jack Dexter third and Heaven’s Guest fourth.
Murphy said: “He’s so game, I pulled it (whip) through and he hasn’t half tried. I think he was rated 78 when Andrew got him and he’s won off 100 today. It’s some day.
“I’m a bit shocked because I came here hoping John Quinn’s horse in the last might run well, I thought this horse might be out of his depth with the Group horses like Jack Dexter.”
Murphy is a native of Killarney and the nephew of trainer Jim Culloty, who partnered Best Mate to his three Cheltenham Gold Cup wins.
Asked about trying to become champion apprentice next year, Murphy said: “You dream about things like that but I’d like to keep improving and the winners will come.”
Trainer Jim Goldie was proud of Jack Dexter who finished third under top weight.
“I was delighted, for a moment I thought he was going to pick up. He travelled really well but as they say, weight stops trains and it just told in the last 100 yards.
“If I’d plotted last year for this year we’d have won it as he’d have been in off 97 or something, but greed took over and we won a lot of nice races along the way.”
Fresh from a famous success in the Ayr Gold Cup, young rider Oisin Murphy made it a dream double when driving the John Quinn-trained Levitate to a ready success in the William Hill – iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini Ayrshire Handicap.
Winner of the Lincoln at the start of the Flat turf season, Levitate was sent off the 5-1 joint-favourite and accounted for another former Lincoln winner in Brae Hill by two and a quarter lengths.
Quinn said: “He will get a 4lb penalty for the Cambridgeshire and we definitely want o run him.
“Oisin has ridden two out of two for us, his 5lb claim is robbery and with his claim his rating in the Cambridgeshire will be 92 and he won the Lincoln off 90, so you are not surprised we are going.”
Murphy, 18, said: “It’s been a great day, it was great to win the big race and it’s nice to have another winner as well.”
Murphy recorded a first ever treble in Britain when making the most of a spare ride on the Linda Perratt-trained Silver Rime in the Microtech Support Handicap.
The 20-1 winner had finished only 10th on Thursday but left that effort behind with a neck success from Magic Destiny.
Locally-based Perratt said: “He was disappointing here on Thursday, I don’t know why, perhaps it was the ground but it has dried up a bit today.
“I was delighted to be able to get Oisin when Phillip (Makin) was unable to ride, he said he had never been to Scotland before but I bet he will want to come back now!”
A stunning afternoon for Murphy was rounded off as Cockney Sparrow (5-2 favourite) stayed on strongly in the Jordan Electrics Ltd Handicap for Malton trainer Quinn.
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