Wednesday, 7 December 2016
Treble for trainer Nick Alexander as Ayr Racecourse beats the frost
Fife trainer Nick Alexander was in treble winning form at Ayr Racecourse on Monday, saddling three winners topped off by a 1-2-3 in the feature race of the afternoon.
Wins for Gold Opera, ridden by Blair Campbell, in the Racing UK Profits Returned to Racing Handicap Chase, Titian Boy in the two and a half mile handicap chase and Marlee Massie in the two mile five furlong Novices Limited Handicap Chase - both ridden by Brian Hughes - gave Nick a 24-1 treble.
[Pictured: Marlee Massie clears a fence on the way to
giving Nick Alexander and Brian Hughes a three timer.]
But to saddle the first three home in the Limited Handicap, with Calivigny and Buffalo Ballet chasing home Marlee Massie, also gave him great satisfaction.
He said: “I’ve never had a treble before, so that was satisfying, but to be fair I thought all my horses in the novices chase went there with a bit of a chance, so I am delighted to have the first three.”
Racing went ahead at Ayr despite temperatures falling overnight to -3C, and Nick Alexander was quick to praise Clerk of the Course Emma Marley for her foresight in covering the entire track in frost covers on Friday, therefore beating the freezing conditions.
Nick said: “Other courses should take a leaf out of Emma’s book. It shows you what can be done to beat adverse weather.”
Jockey Brian Hughes also had a treble on the day with Daytripper, trained by Iain Jardine, winning Division 1 of the two mile three furlong handicap hurdle to add to his successes for Nick Alexander.
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