Ayr Gold Cup: Buffer Zone disappoints as Angel Alexander prevails

Buffer Zone
Buffer Zone was the 10-3 Ayr Gold Cup favourite but crossed the line in 17th place

Angel Alexander surged to Ayr Gold Cup glory, with 10-3 favourite Buffer Zone finishing a disappointing 17th.

The 28-1 winner, which is co-owned by former England striker Michael Owen, produced a marvellous finish to beat Growl by half a length.

Angel Alexander was one of two three-year-olds in the line-up, but Richard Kingscote guided the gelding to a win.

Gulliver, rated 8-1, crossed the line in third place with Summerghand, Embour and Louie De Palma following.

The Irish-trained 100-30 favourite Buffer Zone, from the Ger Lyons stable, failed to make an impact after his victory at the Curragh six days earlier.

"I was disappointed I couldn't get there myself because the train was delayed," said trainer Tom Dascombe. "It didn't change the result and all I can say is Richard gave it an amazing ride.

"They split into two groups and we were in the smaller group and luckily they went hard our side and the pace was always on our side. If we had been drawn two I don't think we'd have won."

'Owen enjoys more success' - analysis

BBC horse racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght

More racing success here for Michael Owen, most of which has been with horses trained like Angel Alexander at the Cheshire stables which he's developed. Brown Panther, winner of the Irish St Leger is one; Kachy, a good sprinter is another; and Owen himself finished second riding in a race in 2017.

Angel Alexander overcame 23 rivals, firmer going than ideal plus jumping from a stall on the supposedly unfavoured stands-side.

Hot favourite Buffer Zone was 17th. As trainer Ger Lyons predicted in an interview on the BBC website he might, he ran 'flat' just six days after his previous race.

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