Friday, 24 February 2017
Leading jockeys eye big prizes at Ayr Racecourse
By: Iain Ferguson
THERE’S some excellent prize-money for a start of the week fixture at Ayr Racecourse on Monday (27 February) when the seven race card includes two Class 3 contests.
And the £57,000 on offer has attracted some leading jockeys including Tom Scudamore, Brian Hughes, Paddy Brennan and Aidan Colemant to the west coast of Scotland and a really competitive afternoon’s racing is in prospect.
The first of the Class 3s is The Racing UK Now in HD! Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase over two and a half miles due off at 4.15pm, and recent course winner Master Ruffit, trained by Neil McKnight in Northern Ireland, makes the trip over the Irish Sea, but could find another Ayr winner Lucinda Russell’s Newtown Lad a tough nut to crack.
The other feature race run half an hour later is a two and a half mile handicap hurdle, and this looks like being the most open heat of the afternoon. Dan Skelton sends Willow’s Warrior on the 640 mile round trip from his Warwickshire base, but this 10 year-old has questions to answer and Galston trainer Mike Smith’s Strong Economy (pictured above) could follow up a recent win at the track off a light weight.
Leading Flat trainer Mark Johnston saddles Golden Jeffrey in the bumper at 5.15pm, but Sandy Thomson’s McGowan’s Pass caught the eye in a similar race at Ayr last month and is the one to beat.
The first race is at 2.10pm with gates open at 12.10pm.
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.