Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Jockey David Allan sets his sights on Gold Cup at Ayr Racecourse
By: Iain Ferguson
A record crowd of 6,883 at Ayr Racecourse’s Scottish Sun Raceday saw jockey David Allan land the feature race - the £40,000 Scottish Sun British Stallion Studs EBF Land O’Burns Fillies Stakes - on board 33/1 shot Katawi for Newmarket trainer Chris Wall.
David, (pictured above with Katawi and winning connections after Saturday’s feature race), and who was born just 12 miles from the track in Irvine, immediately set his sights on Scotland’s biggest flat race of the season the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup.
He said: “I’ve won the Group 3 Firth Of Clyde Stakes in the past and now this Listed Race so the Ayr Gold Cup is next on my hit list. I would dearly love to win it being an Ayrshire man.”
Another jockey with reason to celebrate was David Nolan who rode a treble. His first success came courtesy of a Stewards Inquiry in the Scottish Sun On Sunday Handicap. Nolan’s mount Intiwin, trained by Richard Fahey, was beaten a short head by Little Lady Katie, ridden by Jordan Vaughan but the stewards reversed the placings after ruling that Vaughan’s horse had carried Intiwin across the track inside the final furlong. The young jockey received a four day ban.
Win number two for Nolan came in the mile handicap on the aptly named Two For Two, trained by David O’Meara and winning the race for the second year in succession. The 9/2 chance went clear inside the last and despite the best efforts of Santefisio won by a length.
And Nolan’s hat trick came on another horse that could have been named for the occasion – Hit The Jackpot, trained by David O’Meara who prevailed by a short head in a thrilling finish from Mica Mika.
The elated jockey said: “I’ve ridden a treble in the dim and distant past but that was at a small meeting at Brighton today’s was special coming on a Saturday at a course like Ayr.”
The day finished on a high for trainer Ruth Carr who saddled the winner in each of the last two races, both ridden by James Sullivan.
First up was Lexington Place in the Arnold Clark Handicap which won in a three way photograph from Indescribable and Rothesay Chancer. In the unsaddling enclosure afterwards Ruth said she thought her next runner Vallarta would also win – and she was proved right when the top weight won by three quarters of a length from Subversive.
Ayr’s next meeting is totepool Family Raceday on Sunday 5 July. For more information on racing at Ayr 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.