For the first time in the history of the Ayr Gold cup there was a dead-heat as Son Of Rest and Baron Bolt shared the spoils.
The James Stack-trained Son Of Rest had been tipped by many to win the prestigious handicap race after his second-place finish in a Group One at the Curragh last weekend.
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He looked on course to fulfil that prediction as he moved a couple of lengths clear late in the race.
However, outsider Baron Bolt battled his way back and the two horses crossed the finish line seemingly neck-and-neck.
Connections were kept waiting for over seven minutes as judges tried to separate the two horses but it could not be done, which meant a dead-heat was called.
Jockey Chris Hayes, who was in the saddle for Son Of Rest during the race, was ultimately satisfied to take a share of the spoils.
“I thought I was beat so it’s nice to get half of it,” Hayes was quoted as saying by the Racing Post. “He’s an out-and-out hold-up horse and as I got there a furlong out I said to myself it was too soon but he has kept going.”
Baron Bolt’s jockey Cameron Noble was also delighted to share what he described as the biggest win of his career.