Brando became the highest rated winner ever of the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup at Ayr Racecourse on Saturday and gave trainer Kevin Ryan his fourth win.
Brando crossed the line one and three quarter lengths in front of the favourite Growl with Hoof it third and G Force fourth.
And successful jockey Tom Eaves, who came second in the race in 2009 on Barney McGrew, said he was delighted to win Scotland’s richest Flat racing prize.
He said: “It’s a wonderful feeling to have won the Ayr Gold Cup. It’s up there with anything I’ve ever done. It’s one of the biggest races in the north and to win it for lovely owners like Angie and Peter Bailey is just terrific. Brando is a class horse and settled well. I followed Graham Lee on Growl and when I pressed the button my boy did it well.”
Kevin Ryan who had previously won the race with Advanced (2007), Our Jonathan (2011) and Captain Ramius (2012) added : “It takes a class horse to win the Ayr Gold Cup and this was one of the best fields ever. I have been friends of the owners for a long time and I am absolutely delighted for them.”
The William Hill Ayr Silver Cup was won by Roudee (20-1), ridden by Richard Kingscote for trainer Tom Dascombe and Scotland’s only Group race the William Hill Firth Of Clyde Stakes went to Delectation (11-1) for the trainer-jockey combination of Bryan Smart and Paul Mulrennan.
Scotland’s only Group race, the Class 1 William Hill Firth Of Clyde Stakes was won by Delectation, trained by Bryan Smart and ridden by Paul Mulrennan.
Friday’s feature, the Shadwell Stud Harry Rosebery Stakes, a Class 1 Listed race which saw Keith Dalgleish’s filly Clem Fandango romp to a comfortable three and three quarter length under Phillip Makin. And the William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup went to Classic Seniority, giving trainer Marjorie Fife her biggest ever win. Ridden by Irvine born Danny Tudhope the outsider beat Fendale by half a length.
The feature race of the opening day of the Festival, the £65,000 Class 1 William Hill Doonside Cup, was won by the Saeed bin Suroor trained, Godolphin owned and Danny Tudhope ridden Secret Number.