Monday, 17 February 2014
It’s a double for champion jockey AP McCoy at Ayr Racecourse
By: Iain Ferguson
CHAMPION jockey AP McCoy was in double winning form at Ayr Racecourse last week riding the first two winners on the card.
He had an easy time on board Stonebrook (8/11 fav) home in the famous JP McManus silks for trainer Donald McCain in the Maiden Hurdle, and then followed that with another impressive win on Layla Joan (5/4 fav) in the two mile five and a half furlong novice hurdle for Irish trainer Gordon Elliott.
W Six Times, trained by Alistair Whillans and ridden by his nephew Callum was returned at 8/1 for the conditional jockeys’ handicap hurdle scoring by seven lengths from Ancient Times (6/1) ironically the horse that beat her over the course last time out.
[Pictured: And The Man, ridden by Brian Harding clears the last en route to winning the feature race at Ayr Racecourse last week.]
Nicky Richards’ eight year old gelding And The Man, the 11/4 favourite, won the feature race of the afternoon, the BetVictor’s Live Casino Handicap Chase over two and a half miles in the hands of Brian Harding. The horse has now won four times at the course.
Heritage Way (5/1), trained by Stuart Crawford in Larne, Northern Ireland and ridden by his brother Steven won the concluding bumper, keeping up the outfit’s great record at Ayr.
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