The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Danny at the double at QTS Ladies Night

By: Iain Ferguson

IRVINE born jockey Danny Tudhope was in double winning form at QTS Ladies Night at Ayr Racecourse after making a three and a half hour dash from the afternoon meeting at Haydock.

[Pictured: Blue Sonic and Danny Tudhope (far side) just 
edge out Goninodaethat at Ayr Racecourse on Saturday.]

He teamed up with Blue Sonic from the Linda Perratt yard to win the Gas Sure & James Frew at odds of 5/1 for Coylton owner Ben Holohan and his Jolly Beggars Syndicate.

And Danny (pictured above) completed his double on Asian Wing for Irish trainer John James Feane in the JW Grant Builders Merchant Handicap over one mile seven furlongs.

The Irish raider was heavily backed into 3/1 and was the easiest winner of the night with the jockey actually looking round from a long way out.

Galston trainer Mike Smith kept his good form at his local track by saddling Haymarket, ridden by Garry Whillans, to win the QTS Group Handicap by a short head from Bahamian Desert denying Danny Tudhope a treble.

The feature event of the night the QTS Ladies’ Night Grand Spectacular Handicap was won by Gowanharry (6/4 fav) ridden by Paul Mulrennan.

Scottish trainers hit the bookies for six

Scottish trainers were in sparkling form at Ayr Racecourse on Monday, saddling six out of the seven winners.

And leading the way was Jackton-based Linda Perrat (pictured above) who cheered home three winners and also had two seconds.

Her first win came with Dark Crystal, ridden by David Nolan, in the mile handicap. A winner at Musselburgh 10 days ago and third there on Friday the filly swept to the front inside the final furlong to win at odds of 12/1 from Normandy Knight.

Course specialist Jinky (8/1) then made it two for Perratt with Joe Fanning in the plate in the six furlong handicap holding off stable mate Rock Canyon by a neck.

Blue Sonic (2/1 jt fav) made it three course wins on the bounce in the five furlong handicap under an inspired ride from Danny Tudhope who weaved the grey through horses to win by a head from another Perratt trained horse Saxonette.

Linda said afterwards: “The next target for Blue Sonic is a six furlong race for greys only at Newmarket on Saturday. There’s £20,000 in prize-money so it’s well worth going for.”

Another trainer in fine form is Mike Smith who made the short trip from his Galston stables to Ayr and saddled Gworn to win the feature race, the one mile two furlong handicap with PJ McDonald riding.

The horse returned at 4/1 and Mike said: “I bought him at the sales a few months ago for just under £5000 and that’s £13,000 we’ve won in two races here. I’ll be looking at a race at the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival next month.”

Keith Dalgleish, who trains at Carluke, saw his Forever A Lady land the opening seven furlong maiden and Alistair Whillans sent Henpecked from his Hawick base to win the finale.

Ayr’s next meeting is the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival from 17 – 19 September.

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.

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