Monday, 25 May 2015
Linda Perratt on winning form at Ayr Racecourse
By: Iain Ferguson
Linda Perratt continued her fine start to the flat campaign at Ayr Racecourse on Wednesday and Thursday of last week, saddling Rock Canyon to win on both days.
[Pictured: Rock Canyon (nearest camera) pips stablemate
Saxonette to win at Ayr for the second day running.]
On Wednesday the six year-old gelding was sent off at 10/1 and stayed on well to beat Amis Reunis in the six furlong Weddings At Western House Hotel Handicap with PJ McDonald riding.
But on Thursday PJ opted to ride another Perratt trained horse Saxonette in the Bacardi Carta Oro Handicap over five furlongs and thought he’d won only to see Rock Canyon (4/1) come with a rattling late run to win by a short head with Connor Beasley riding.
PJ quipped afterwards: “I think I’ll sack my agent for putting me up on the wrong horse!”
Jim Goldie saddled his first turf winner of 2015 on Wednesday when Classy Anne landed the New Website at ayr-racecourse.co.uk Handicap at odds of 11/1 with Fergal Lynch riding.
There was a dead heat in the opening race on the first day of the meeting when Ancient Astronaut, trained by John Quinn and ridden by Phillip Makin, shared the spoils with Ferryover from the Kevin Ryan yard with Shane Gray on board.
Thursday’s feature race, the Tennent’s Lager Handicap over a mile went to the David O’Meara trained Fort Bastion (5/2) ridden by Sam James, a three and three quarter length winner from 33/1 shot Pintura, trained by Alsitair Whillans.
Hawick-based Whillans didn’t leave the track empty handed however, having earlier landed the Famous Grouse Handicap with Vicky Valentine (10/1) ridden by PJ McDonald.
Middleham-based Scottish trainer Mark Johnston won the opening Guinness Golden Ale British Stallion Studs Maiden Stakes on Thursday with 1/3 favourite Rogues’ Gallery, ridden by Paul Mulrennan while the final race of the two day meeting the Caledonia Best Handicap went to Royal Duchess (7/2) trained by Lucy Normile and the mount of Samantha Bell.
For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 01292 294972 or 07795 565691.
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