The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Monday, 23 June 2014

Success for southern raiders at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson 

NEWMARKET raiders grabbed the spoils at Ayr Racecourse on Saturday, winning no fewer than four of the seven races. 

Set against a backdrop of beautiful sunshine and attended by a crowd of almost 6,500 it was a fantastic afternoon’s racing, with the highlight the £40,000 Land O’Burns Fillies Stakes, a Listed race over the minimum five furlong trip.


The winner was Hay Chewed (17/2) (pictured above in the green and white colours) held up under Tom Eaves hand, then hitting the front over a furlong out and staying on well to win by a length from the 16/1 chance Inyordsreams. 

This Newmarket winner was trained by Conrad Allen and should win again in the not too distant future. 

Another southern trainer Willie Haggas saddled Squats (8/1), to win the opening maiden under Liam Jones, while Roger Varian had his first ever Ayr winner with the well-backed Pretzel (10/11 fav) in the mile handicap under a very confident Freddie Tylicki. The final Newmarket winner was the track Alan Bailey trained Strictly Silver (4/1) who won the Arnold Clark Handicap. 

The only Scottish-trained success came via Spirit of Alsace in the final race, a six furlong handicap. 

Trained by Jim Goldie and ridden by apprentice Jack Garritty, the 7/1 shot showed terrific battling qualities to get up and beat Signore Piccolo by half a length. 

The Reluctant Suitors syndicate includes Gordon Thom of New Hall Stud in Coylton, who will no doubt be planning a career as a brood mare for the winning horse. 

Ayr’s next meeting is the Federation of Small Businesses Family Day on Sunday 6 July. For more information or to book tickets 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.


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