Monday, 5 November 2012
Lucinda Russell jumps to a treble at Ayr Racecourse John Smith's Raceday
By: Iain Ferguson
John Smith’s Raceday at Ayr Racecourse on Saturday become ‘Ladies Day’ with Scotland’s leading trainer Lucinda Russell saddling three winners and jockey Lucy Alexander riding a double.
[Pictured: Tap Night (left) jumps the last fence en route to winning at Ayr Racecourse on Saturday.]
Lucinda’s treble came in the final three races courtesy of Prosecco (11/4), ridden by Peter Buchanan, in the feature race, the John Smith’s No Nonsense Handicap Chase, Tap Night (6/4 fav), also with Peter Buchanan riding, in the John Smith’s Extra Smooth Handicap Hurdle and finally Rhymers Stone (7/2) in the Bob and Jeanette Crane 25th Anniversary National Hunt flat race under young Craig Nichol.
The rising star of the jockeys scene, 22 year old Lucy Alexander rode Secret Desert (11/1) to land the Topstaff Employment Handicap Chase for Ferdy Murphy and followed that with a win on Daasij (7/1) in the Plumbstore Handicap Hurdle for her father Nick Alexander.
A crowd of more than 3,500 enjoyed the first jumps action of the year at Ayr and the biggest gamble of the day saw Overquest land the John Smith’s Handicap Chase for trainer Chris Grant and jockey Timmy Murphy at odds of 11/4 after trading at 30/1 earlier in the day.
Ayr’s next meeting is the New Year Festival on 2 January and 3 January – for more information call 01292 264179 or go online at www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk
For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 01292 294972 or 07795 565691.
Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.