Highland Colori turned what looked a competitive William Hill Ayr Gold Cup into a rout, running out a convincing winner for young Irish jockey 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.