Colori glory in Gold Cup
Highland Colori turned the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup into a rout under rising star apprentice Oisin Murphy.
Earlier this week Murphy's boss Andrew Balding, who trained the 20/1 winner, stated the young rider would not be riding in races worth less than £6,000 in an attempt to keep hold of his claim for as long as possible, and it is easy to see why.
Carrying a penalty for a win over seven furlongs at Warwick last month, the winner broke from stall 19 as the field converged on the near side rail.
For a brief moment Jack Dexter looked like giving Scotland a long-awaited success but at least Highland Colori's owner, Evan Sutherland, hails from north of the border.
Louis The Pious was second, two and a half lengths away, with Jack Dexter third and Heaven's Guest fourth.
Tropics was eventually sent off favourite but never threatened.
Murphy said: "He's so game, I pulled it (whip) through and he hasn't half tried.
"I think he was rated 78 when Andrew got him and he's won off 100 today. It's some day.
"I'm a bit shocked because I came here hoping John Quinn's horse in the last might run well, I thought this horse might be out of his depth with the Group horses like Jack Dexter."
Asked about trying to become champion apprentice next year, Murphy said: "You dream about things like that but I'd like to keep improving and the winners will come."
Trainer Jim Goldie was proud of Jack Dexter who finished third under top weight.
"I was delighted, for a moment I thought he was going to pick up. He travelled really well but as they say, weight stops trains and it just told in the last 100 yards.
"If I'd plotted last year for this year we'd have won it as he'd have been in off 97 or something, but greed took over and we won a lot of nice races along the way."