Gold and silver cup joy for Fahey

Saturday belonged to Richard Fahey as Don’t Touch’s William Hill Ayr Gold Cup success proved the highlight of a magical 5,984-1 four-timer north of the Border.

On a day when he also claimed the Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury with Ribchester and was successful at ­Catterick, too, Fahey smashed through the £3 million prize money mark for the first time.

The Malton handler had not won Scotland’s biggest Flat race in nine years but Don’t Touch righted that record as he extended his unbeaten run to five with a half-length success over Poyle Vinnie.

Fahey said: “It’s been a while since we’ve won it, but it’s a race that’s very hard to win. You need a proper horse to win this. You’ve got to be progressive and nearly be a Group horse.

“For a three-year-old who didn’t run until May, it’s pretty special. I think he’ll be a seven-furlong horse, but he travelled better today. We’ll probably finish for this season now, he’s done enough.”

Fahey was also on the mark in the consolation race, the Silver Cup, as Tatlisu defied a big weight to hold off his well-backed stable companion George Bowen.

Jockey Jack Garritty said: “He enjoys these big fields, he likes running into trouble and we got that. The race was run to suit. In the last half-furlong he wasn’t doing a tap really, but he held on. He is a good horse on his day and I’m glad today was it.”

Garritty and Fahey then teamed up with Right Touch (5-1) in the Microtech Group Handicap, while Another Touch’s success in the opening QTS/EBF British Stallion Studs Nursery Handicap had got the day off to an excellent start for the handler.

Punters got a taste of what they will miss next season as Lady Cecil and Hayley Turner teamed up to win the Group Three William Hill Firth of Clyde Stakes with Shaden.