Thursday, 30 October 2014
Ayr races on Saturday
By: Iain Ferguson
THE final Saturday meeting of the season at Ayr Racecourse, John Smith's Raceday takes place this weekend.
This jumps meeting is traditionally well supported by trainers as more and more horses start their campaigns for the winter months.
[Green Flag was successful at John Smith’s Raceday last year.]
The feature race is the John Smith’s No Nonsense Handicap Chase over two miles and Scottish based trainers Lucinda Russell, James Ewart and Jim Goldie will all have runners in this.
Elsewhere on the card The John Smith’s Extra Smooth Handicap Hurdle will have a strong field with recent Kelso winner Mason Hindmarsh from the Karen McLintock yard, Lucinda Russell’s Vengeur de Guye and Voyage A New York and Jim Goldie’s Plus Jamais all in action.
The concluding race at 4.30pm is a national hunt flat race over one mile six furlongs.
After racing Dakota play in the Horseshoe Bar with a disco in the Ayrshire Suite ensuring the fun goes on till around 7.30pm.
Gates open on Saturday 1 November at 11.05am and for more information or to book tickets go online at www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk or call 01292 264179.
Treble for Scottish trainers last Monday
THREE Scottish trainers were among the winners at Ayr Racecourse’s first jumps meeting of 2014-2015 on Monday with Keith Dalgleish, Sandy Thomson and James Ewart all scoring.
The Dalgleish winner came courtesy of Hurricane Hollow in the EBF/Download the BetVictor App National Hunt Novices Hurdle with Wilson Renwick in the saddle on the 11/4 joint favourite who coasted to a three and a half length win.
Dumfriesshire based James Ewart saddled Wilde Pastures (11/4) to win the two mile handicap chase in the hands of young Dale Irving while Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania piloted Blue Kascade (5/2 fav) (pictured below, left) to win the two and a half mile handicap chase for Sandy Thomson.
Chidswell, ridden by Brian Harding, provided Cumbrian trainer Nicky Richards with a winner when cutting through the field to win the BetVictor.com Maiden Hurdle at odds of 11/10.
The bumper was won by Malcolm Jefferson's Double W's completing a double for jockey Brian Hughes who had ridden Always Eight to victory in the feature race, the Play Casino At BetVictor.com Handicap Chase.
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.