Highland fling for bookmakers
Andrew Balding's Highland Colori landed the Ayr Gold Cup to the delight of bookmakers on Saturday.
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Ridden by 18-year-old claimer Oisin Murphy, the 20/1 shot won nicely and ensured a rollover of the totescoop6 bonus fund.
Andrew Griffiths, spokesman for totepool, said: "It was a trying afternoon for Scoop6 punters with both pots rolling over which means next weekend bet will be worth over £200,000."
Stan James confirmed that Highland Colori's success saved them a fortune, having gone top-price on every runner, and as one of the firms who stuck to four places they'll have been delighted to see well-supported Baccarat finish fifth.
Rory Jiwani of StanJames.com said: "We went top price every runner in the race in the hope of getting a fair spread of money but by off time we needed an outsider to oblige.
"Thankfully, Highland Colori rode to the rescue with only Jack Dexter out of our bad results making the frame.
"We also had a result in the Silver Cup with Ancient Cross winning at 40/1 to give retiring trainer Mick Easterby a fitting send-off."
Over at Newbury, Camborne won the ambitiously-titled Arc Trial and has been cut for the Betfred Cesarewitch as a result.
The sponsors trimmed him from 14/1 to 10/1 and Stan James go 8/1 from 20s after what was a taking performance from John Gosden's horse, who was cut to 12/1 by most firms.
A further mover in the staying handicap came from Newmarket where Oriental Fox impressed under Johnny Murtagh.
Mark Johnston's horse was cut to 14/1 by several firms and while BetVictor initially quoted 25/1, that price was very much standout.
Finally, Richard Fahey's Supplicant impressed at Newbury and earned a quote for next year's 2000 Guineas from Stan James.
Jiwani added: "Richard Fahey had a one-two in the Mill Reef Stakes with 7/2 joint-favourite Supplicant leading home Rufford.
"The winner is a full-brother to smart miler Penitent so the 2000 Guineas could be on the agenda and we've given him a first quote of 25/1 for the first Classic of 2014."