Thursday, 2 August 2018
By Iain Ferguson
THE famous blue silks of the mighty Godolphin operation were carried to victory in the feature race at Ayr Racecourse on Monday when Dubai Horizon was an impressive winner of the Western House Handicap over 1m 2f under Irvine born jockey David Allan.
The Saeed bin Suroor trained four year-old (pictured above) was having only his sixth racecourse appearance but shed his maiden tag at odds of 3-1 and came home three and three quarter lengths in front of Mooltazem.
His rider commented afterwards: “I was impressed with Dubai Horizon today, and he quickly put the race to bed. He does have a bit of a high head carriage, but I let him do his own thing and it wasn’t a problem.”
There was a double on the day for leading trainer Richard Fahey with 7-4 chance Roderick winning the opening novice stakes after coming off the pace and Militia, 8-1, powering to victory in the Parkdean Resorts Handicap. Both horses were ridden by Tony Hamilton.
Hawick based trainer Alistair Whillans was on the scoresheet with Royal Shaheen, 9-1, who won the Sandylands Holiday Park Handicap over a mile with something to spare after a first class ride from Graham Lee.
The longest race of the afternoon the Sundrum Castle Handicap over 2m 1f was won by Question Of Faith, trained by Martin Todhunter and ridden by Callum Rodriguez.
Ayr’s next racing action comes on Tuesday evening with the Ayrshire Cancer Support Racenight.
The first race, a novice auction stakes, is due off at 5.40pm and this 6f sprint for two year olds looks likely to be another highly contested race of its type at the track.
The biggest field of the night is almost certain to be in the Volunteer At Ayrshire Cancer Support Handicap over 5f at 6.45pm. The Scottish stables of Linda Perratt, Jim Goldie, Keith Dalgleish, Iain Jardine and Mike Smith could all have runners in this.
The feature race of the night is the Fundraising Ideas At ayrshirecs.org Handicap at 7.50pm over 7f 50y and the final contest at 8.50pm is the Ayrshire Cancer Support Here To Help handicap over 1m 2f.
Ayrshire Cancer Support is the charity partner of Ayr Racecourse and all entry money raised on the night goes to the charity.
It is hoped a big crowd will turn up. Gates open at 3.40pm.
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.