Brando Wins William Hill Ayr Gold Cup
Brando was an impressive winner of the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup, scoring from stall 8, the same as last year’s winner. The race is Scotland’s biggest Flat race, worth £200,000 in prize money.
Kevin Ryan’s horse looked like a Group performer in a handicap and he is 12-1 from 33-1 for the British Champions Sprint at Ascot with the sponsor (initially 16-1 after the Ayr Gold Cup).
“Brando is clearly a high class horse and he has beaten one of the best Ayr Gold Cup fields in history,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke. “He is still lightly raced and the sky is the limit.”
Meanwhile, the result was a good one for William Hill, who are pleased that heavily backed favourite and runner-up Growl did not go one place better.
“The swing between Brando and Growl was over half a million pounds, so Brando has well and truly saved our bacon.”
However, punters backing Growl through their William Hill mobile app received a welcome refund of up to £25 for their horse finishing second.
Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes: 9-2 Mecca’s Angel, Quiet Reflection, 7-1 Limato, Twilight Son, 8-1 The Tin Man, 12-1 Brando, Shalaa, 14-1 Magical Memory, Signs Of Blessing, 16-1 Librisa Breeze, Suedois, 20-1 Donjuan Triumphant, Washington DC, 25-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)