Ayr: Classic Seniority bags Bronze Cup from low draw

Ayr: Classic Seniority bags Bronze Cup By Tony McFadden 4:24PM 16 SEP 2016

Report: Ayr, Friday
William Hill Bronze Cup Handicap, 6f, 3yo+

THEY may have raced in one group down the centre of the course but low-drawn horses dominated the finish to the Bronze Cup as Classic Seniority fended off the challenge of the fast-finishing Fendale to win by half a length.

Classic Seniority, who is trained by Marjorie Fife, broke from stall five and raced towards the flank on the far side under jockey Daniel Tudhope.

Having won over 7½f at Chester last week, Tudhope had no qualms sending Classic Seniority for home at the two-furlong pole and the four-year-old, wearing cheekpieces for the first time, kept on gallantly to repel the challenge of Fendale, who finished to good effect but never quite looked like reeling in the winner.

Classic Seniority, Fendale and third-placed Khelman all broke from single-figure stalls, while Duke Cosimo, who finished fourth, also launched his challenge down the far side, despite breaking from stall 17.

Consequently, it was no surprise to see Ayr Gold Cup favourite Growl, who will break from stall six, harden slightly at the head of the market for Saturday's big handicap. Richard Fahey's leading hope was cut from 11-2 to 5-1 by Paddy Power.

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