Tuesday, 1 March 2016
Happy homecoming for Chris Giles at Ayr Racecourse
By: Iain Ferguson
LEADING racehorse owner Chris Giles can boast of owning racing superstars like Silviniaco Conti and Zarkandar, but it was a lesser known horse that fulfilled one of his dreams at his local track yesterday.
Ayr born Chris has never had a jumps winner at the course, but he flew up from his south of England home to see Oldgrangewood (pictured above), which he co-owns with his mother Sandra, win at 6-1 on in the Maiden Hurdle holding off the challenge of Craiganboy.
Trained in Warwickshire by Dan Skelton and ridden by his brother Harry, the five year old had to battle, but his victory was sweet for Chris who said: “That was special, as I had always wanted a winner here. Now I can look forward to Cheltenham where I’ll have a few runners.”
Lucinda Russell brought a barren spell stretching back 26 days and more than 30 runners to an end when Kilbree Chief won the Dawn Homes Kilsyth Handicap Chase in the hands of Peter Buchanan at odds of 4-1, just holding off Nakadam and then surviving a stewards’ enquiry.
Fife trainer Nick Alexander continued his fine run of form when Little Glenshee, ridden by his daughter Lucy, landed the Dawn Homes Perceton Handicap Chase at 2-1.
And Jim Goldie saddled a popular winner in Caledonia who landed the feature race, the Dawn Homes Part Exchange Handicap Hurdle. Always travelling smoothly under Henry Brooke the nine year-old held on by three quarters of a length to register his first win over hurdles.
Goldie now plans to aim Caledonia for a £50,000 race at Haydock on Easter Saturday before returning to Ayr for a race at the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival.
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.