Thursday, 12 November 2015
Nick Alexander lands double at Ayr Racecourse
By: Iain Ferguson
FIFE trainer Nick Alexander was the man in form at Ayr Racecourse this week saddling a double courtesy of Another Mattie and Calivigny.
The former, sent off at 9/1 in the two mile five furlong handicap hurdle and ridden by Brian Harding, was winning for the first time under rules on his 22nd start and crossed the line 10 lengths in front of nearest challenger Tantamount.
It was a win that delighted the trainer and he was back in the winners enclosure later in the afternoon with Calivigny (15/8 fav) in the three mile handicap hurdle. The horse had won at Ayr 16 days ago for the same jockey Stephen Mulqueen who rode a very confident race.
Nick would have landed his first ever treble but for a fall at the last by Frankie’s Promise, ridden by Brian Harding in the two mile four furlongs handicap chase. The seven year old gelding was clear when hitting the top of the obstacle sending his rider crashing to the ground. That left What A Dream (3/1) to land his second course win in 11 days for trainer Alison Hamilton and her nephew Jamie.
But Harding had better luck in the last race when he piloted My Little Cracker (10/1) to win the national hunt flat race for trainer Iain Jardine and Borders based owners Paul and Clare Rooney.
Lucinda Russell kept up her fine run of form by saddling Final Assault (pictured above) (15/8 fav) to win the feature race, the three mile handicap chase, in the hands of Derek Fox.
Lucinda said afterwards: “It was a step up in trip for the horse and he did it well. He’s one of the best jumpers in the yard and we’ll look at the Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle for him later in the month.”
Ayr’s next meeting is Christmas Party Raceday on Monday 21 December. For more information on racing at Ayr call 01292 264179 or go online at www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk
Vernon Kay to DJ at Racecourse
TELEVISION and radio personality Vernon Kay is to perform a DJ set at an exciting new race night at Ayr Racecourse next year.
The Family Fortunes star (pictured above) who is also the host of the morning show on new station Radio X will take to the stage following racing at the June evening meeting on Friday 17 June.
Vernon will play a 90 minute set in the Ayrshire Suite and is sure to attract a huge crowd eager to see him on what should a brilliant night.
One of the most recognisable stars on television Vernon landed a regular gig on Channel 4’s T4 in 2000 and also was a presenter for BBC2’s Top Of The Pops Plus.
He joined Radio 1 in 2006 and presented a weekly slot until he left the station in 2012.
Vernon has hosted a variety of shows for both BBC1 and ITV1 including All Star Family Fortunes and he is now in his 10th series and is also the host of a brand new game show for ITV1 Daytime called 1000 Heartbeats.
In September this year Vernon joined Chris Moyles and Johnny Vaughan on Radio X.
Now on 17 June at Ayr Racecourse Vernon will play his DJ set at this exciting new Race Night.
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.