“We thought he would win the Ayr Gold Cup a couple of years ago, but it was off so that was that,” Easterby told ITV Racing.
“We were first out of the hat, walked the track, wasted a day. It’s taken two years to catch up.”
Allan said: “He’s been a bit unfortunate. He just needed a strong pace and with this number of runners and the type of race, it’s right up his street and it’s worked perfect.
“I just switched him off the far rail but he was closing quite easy and I knew I was going to get there, but he was pulling up a bit in front.”
Waarif (11-2) repeated last year’s victory in the William Hill Foundation: Uniting Against Dementia Handicap with a gutsy display.
“He’s very tough,” said Tudhope
“He won this race last year and it’s nice to do it again. He’s won well with a bit in hand.”
Tell Me All just hung on to claim the Millar Callaghan Engineering 20th Anniversary EBF Nursery Handicap.
Ireland’s champion jockey Colin Keane kicked on fully three furlongs out on the Sir Mark Prescott-trained runner and the 9-4 favourite was all out to hold the late challenge of Yoshimi by a short head.
Mick Channon’s Certain Lad (11-4 favourite) held course specialist Nicholas T by a neck in the William Hill Leading Racecourse Bookmaker Handicap under Ben Curtis and apprentice Sean Davis got Peter Fahey’s Irish raider Shamad (6-1) home by a short head to deny Employer in the Jordan Electrics Ltd Handicap.