18 year old steals the show at Ayr

HIGHLAND COLORI (left red and white) ridden by Oisin Murphy wins The Ayr Gold Cup
HIGHLAND COLORI (left red and white) ridden by Oisin Murphy wins The Ayr Gold Cup

Oisin Murphy was the name on everyone’s lips on Saturday as the 18-year-old County Kerry born jockey wrote his name into the history books at Ayr Racecourse.

The quiet spoken youngster firstly steered the Andrew Balding trained Highland Colori to victory in the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup and then followed that by riding three more winners for an incredible 9,260/1 four timer.

“I can’t believe it”, said the delighted jockey after riding Cockney Sparrow to victory in the last for trainer John Quinn,: “This is my first time ever in Scotland but I’ll be back. I hope my family are watching back in Ireland – my granddad will be so proud of me.”

It was ice cool Murphy in the Gold Cup as he positioned his 20/1 chance near the stand side rails and came with a run to lead going inside the final furlong and hold off Louis The Pious ridden by Irvine jockey Danny Tudhope and third placed Jack Dexter.

Oisin’s second win came on Levitate in the Ayrshire Handicap for trainer John Quinn, the 5/1 shot being a cosy victor. He then replaced the ill Phillip Makin on the Linda Perratt trained Silver Rime to land his second 20/1 win of the afternoon in the Microtech Handicap before completing his magical day on Cockney Sparrow.

Other Saturday highlights saw Keiren Fallon land the William Hill – Bet On The Move Doonside Cup on the Saeed Bin Suroor trained Sharestan and Ancient Cross win the William Hill Ayr Silver Cup for jockey Pat Cosgrave and trainer Mick Easterby.

In the main event on Thursday The Kilkerran Cup was won by Hi There (7/1) for jockey Tony Hamilton and trainer Richard Fahey.

Friday’s feature, the William Ayr Bronze Cup saw a Scottish trained winner when Keith Dalgleish’s Circuitous (14/1) won by a head from Green Howard. That made it a double on the day for Keith as Black Treacle (33/1) had earlier won the Al Maktoum College Nursery Handicap. Tom Eaves rode both winners.

Jim Goldie and Graham Lee teamed up on Friday to land the UAE Handicap with Mister Pagan (10/1).

Ayr Racecourse stages the first of three October fixtures on Tuesday October 1 with the Debra Raceday.

Featuring seven races big fields are expected for what is a good midweek card with the £12,000 Alba Facilities Services 10th Anniversary Handicap over five furlongs the highlight of the afternoon due off at 5pm.

First race is at 2.10 pm with the Champions League Specials at BetVictor Nursery Handicap at and the action runs through until 5.30 pm and The Best Odds Guaranteed At BetVictor.com Racing Excellence Apprentice Training Series Handicap.

Other highlights include The Rbs Mentor Handicap over six furlongs at 3.15pm. The meeting is likely to attract a host of top northern jockeys including Tom Eaves, Graham Lee and Joe Fanning.

Gates open on Tuesday at 12.10pm and the final race is due off at 5.30pm.