Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Double success for trainer Stuart Crawford at Ayr Racecourse
By: Iain Ferguson
TRAINER Stuart Crawford regularly sends horses to Ayr Racecourse from his Larne base, and he was celebrating last Friday after saddling a double at the track.
The talented Fine Rightly (pictured above) won the two mile and four and a half furlongs Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase in the hands of Davy Russell, and may now be aimed at the valuable Future Champions Chase at the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival at Ayr in April.
Then Stuart’s younger brother Steven rode Baby Bach to win the last race, the one mile six furlong National Hunt Flat Race. The gelding was chased home by the Lucinda Russell trained Spoils Of War.
But Lucinda had better luck earlier in the afternoon when Present Lodger landed the Western House Wedding Openday Handicap chase for stable jockey Peter Buchanan, seeing off the challenge of favourite Mighty Cliché.
Another Irish winner on the day was the Noel Kelly trained, Derek Fox ridden Milan Flyer, who won the three miles one furlong Handicap Chase by a length and a quarter from West Ship Master.
Two days earlier at Ayr’s Wednesday meeting Coylton-based trainer Ian Duncan saw his Spring Over land the maiden hurdle under Graham Watters at massive odds of 33/1.
The Donald McCain - Jason Maguire partnership had a double at the meeting with Ubaltique (4/1) in the opening Limited Handicap Chase and The Last Samuri (6/5) in the Novices’ Chase.
Michael Scudamore saddled No Through Road (4/1) to win the three mile one furlong handicap chase in the hands of his brother Tom.
The final race on the afternoon was won comfortably by the Barry Murtagh trained, Brian Harding ridden Cape Arrow (13/2) who relished the step up to two and a half miles.
It was an amazing effort by the Ayr team headed by Clerk of the Course Emma Marley to stage two meetings in three days and frost covers were utilised to ensure Wednesday’s racing went ahead.
Ayr’s next meeting is on Monday 10 February. 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.