Ayr Gold Cup on the agenda as Dakota Gold strikes again in York opener

Wed 21 Aug 2019

Michael Dods says his sprinter is "improving big time" and is targeting another big prize next month. Watch a full replay of his victory plus reaction from connections in our report.

Dakota Gold got favourite-backers off to a flying start at this year’s Ebor Festival at York as he completed his hat-trick in the Sky Bet And Symphony Group Handicap.

A winner over the course and distance in late July, the Michael Dods-trained sprinter followed up with a dominant display in the Great St Wilfrid at Ripon on Saturday.

Turning out just four days later under a 5lb penalty, the son of Equiano was the 4-1 market leader in the hands of Connor Beasley and having forced the pace for much of the five-and-a-half-furlong contest, he found plenty for pressure to see off Marnie James by three-quarters of a length.

Arecibo and Makanah were just a short head and a neck further away in third and fourth respectively.

Dods said: “He’s in the form of his life – to come out and do what he’s done in the last five weeks is unbelievable.

“He’s improving big time and he’s run another super race there. The ground is quick enough for him – he’s better on soft.”

The winner was cut to 10-1 for the Ayr Gold Cup on September 21 by both Betfair and Paddy Power.

“We’re going for the Ayr Gold Cup, that was the plan,” the trainer added.

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