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CIRCUITOUS and Tom Eaves (red Blinkers) win the William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup at Ayr Racecourse 20/9/13Circuitous (red blinkers) wins the William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup at Ayr   PICTURE: John Grossick (  

Circuitous takes the direct route in Cup win

Report: Ayr, Friday

William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup 6f, 3yo+

CIRCUITOUS landed a gamble as the Keith Dalgleish-trained sprinter, making his second start at Ayr in as many days, got up late on the near-side rail to deny Green Howard in a photo-finish.

Punted into 14-1 from highs of 28-1, Circuitous went one better than his second-placed finish in a 7f handicap on Thursday to scrape home with a late lunge.

"That is unbelievable," said Dalgleish. "I ran him yesterday because I thought he had no chance of getting in this race. Then he came out of that race fantastically so he took his chance.

"He forces the pace and that is hard in one of these races but he battled back well and the horse deserves a lot of credit."

The first four - Tatlisu finished third and 8-1 Best Trip fourth - were all drawn high and raced nearest the stands, but the next four home were all on the far-side and they were not far behind.

Scottish trainer Dalgleish, who is based in Carluke about 40 miles from Ayr, was bringing up his second winner on the card while rider Tom Eaves celebrated a treble.

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