Monday, 9 March 2015
Treble for Brian Hughes at Ayr Racecourse
By: Iain Ferguson
LEADING northern based jumps jockey Brian Hughes took the honours at Ayr at the two-day March meeting by riding a treble.
Brian landed a double on Friday courtesy of the Patrick Griffin trained Captain Hox (2/1) in the two mile novices hurdle and Jim Goldie’s 9/2 chance Plus Jamais in the Ashley & Chris Conlan’s Marriage Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase.
[Pictured: Dale Irving finished alone on Jim Goldie’s course specialist Too Cool To Fool in The Dawn Home’s Cotter’s Edge Monkton Handicap Chase at Ayr Racecourse on Saturday. The 3/1 chance was left on his own three out after his three rivals all fell.]
On Saturday Hughes was at his best as he gave a very positive ride to King Of The Wolds, the 9/4 favourite, to win the Dawn Homes Regatta View Fairlie Handicap Chase for the Hugh Barclay Challenge Trophy.
There were doubles on Saturday for young Scottish riders Lucy Alexander and Dale Irving. Lucy rode Little Glenshee (8/1) to land the Dawn Homes’ Ayrshire’s Favourites Mares Handicap Hurdle and followed that by partnering Benny’s Secret (12/1) to success in the National Hunt Flat Race. Both horses are trained by Lucy’s father Nick.
Dale Irving finished alone on Jim Goldie’s course specialist Too Cool To Fool in The Dawn Home’s Cotter’s Edge Monkton Handicap Chase. The 3/1 chance was left on his own three out after his three rivals all fell.
Dale then steered James Ewart’s Sa Suffit to victory in the Hugh King Sand Handicap Hurdle at odds of 14/1.
There was a popular win on Friday for the Sue Smith trained, Jonathan England ridden Minella Fiveo in the two mile handicap hurdle for the James Barclay Challenge Trophy. The 9/4 favourite slaughtered his field to win by six lengths much to the delight of Sue’s husband Harvey Smith who was representing the yard.
Presenting Junior (12/1) won the two and a half mile handicap chase on Friday for trainer Martin Todhunter and jockey Wilson Renwick and could now be aimed for the Coral Scottish Grand National in April.
Saturday winner Sir Vinski (2/1 joint favourite) could also be in action at the Coral meeting after impressing connections by landing the two and a half mile handicap hurdle. Trainer Nicky Richards thinks there could be a race for the horse at April’s big fixture.
All roads now lead to the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival, Ayr’s on Friday 17 April and Saturday 18 April. For more information go online at www.ayr-racceourse.co.uk or call 01292 264179.
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.