From a seemingly impossible position, Nahaarr has swooped to win the Ayr Gold Cup under an inspired Tom Marquand, who is becoming every Saturday punter’s favourite jockey. Marquand, who landed the St Leger last weekend, was radiating frustration with his body language at halfway, when Nahaarr could find no way through the pack of horses in front of him.
The pair finally found daylight with about 150 yards to run, from which point Nahaarr rocketed forwards. To the joy of those who hammered him down to 7-2 favourite for the cavalry charge, he collared Spanish City with perhaps two strides to spare.
Marquand, who had never ridden a winner at Ayr before, said: “This lad surprised me, the way he picked up on that ground. I think I’ve galloped up the back of more horses there than I ever have in my life. He showed an exceptional turn of foot. He’s got that perfect mix of speed and ability.”
It was a double on the day for Marquand, as he also won the Doonside Cup on Addeybb, who would normally be competing in rather stronger company. Both horses are trained by William Haggas and race in the yellow colours of Sheikh Ahmed al-Maktoum.
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