Don’t Touch raced to victory in the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup today to extend his unbeaten run to five, in what was an exciting race, with jockey Tony Hamilton only narrowly emerging victorious.
The favourite before the race was in fact Don’t Touch and was backed in at 6/1 by the bookies. Don’t Touch won by half a length with 50/1 outsider Poyle Vinnie finishing second. 33/1 Ninjago finished third, whilst 10/1 Toofi finished fourth in the 25-horse race.
On the road to victory today Don’t Touch became the the first three-year-old horse to win this race in 13 years.
Hamilton spoke after the win, and said he’s always had a special affliction with Don’t Touch.
“He’s a horse I’ve always loved and this is a race I’ve always wanted to win.
“He’s done it a bit too well really as I was in front too soon but we’ve got away with it.”
Trainer Richard Fahey had quite an extraordinary Saturday afternoon as he bagged not only the Gold cup win with Don’t Touch, but also the Silver cup with Tatilsu. With wins at Newbury and Caterick too, Fahey broke through the £3 million mark with prize money.
Fahey spoke of the difficulty of winning the Gold cup race, and the need for a special horse to do so.
“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.”