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Fife based trainer Nick Alexander saddled his second hat trick of the season at Ayr Racecourse yesterday on the opening day of the track’s two day March meeting winning the last three races on the card.
He set the ball rolling in the Arthur J Gallagher Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase, over two miles four furlong, with a 1-2. Marlee Massie, the 6-4 favourite, ridden by Brian Hughes just held off stablemate Buffalo Ballet, the mount of Brian Harding, to win by a neck.
His next win came a little easier with Gold Opera, 4-6 favourite, landing the three runner Racing UK Handicap Chase after his two opponents both came to grief four out.
The treble was completed by Another Mattie who won the three miles handicap hurdle by 11 lengths in the hands of Nick’s son Kit at odds of 5-4 favourite
Afterwards the delighted trainer said : “Another Mattie did well but it was a good day all round and its great to saddle three winners at Ayr for the second time this season.”
Borders trainer Stuart Coltherd recorded a double success with Hurricane Rita, 15-2, winning the two mile four and a half furlong handicap hurdle followed by a 6-1 win for Surprise Vendor in the two mile hurdle. Both horses were ridden by Stuart’s son som.
And Lucinda Russell was on target with Vertigo, evens favourite, ridden by Alexander Thorne, an impressive winner of the two mile five furlong maiden hurdle.
Ayr stages Tennent’s Raceday today (Saturday) with the first of seven races race at 2.10 pm.
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Borders trainer Sandy Thomson will attempt to keep the Coral Scottish Grand National trophy north of the border on Saturday when he takes on the big guns from the south with the eight year-old Seldom Inn. The horse won a Listed race earlier in the season at Kelso and is likely to be ridden by Grand National winner Derek Fox.READ MORE
Lucinda Russell returned to form with a vengeance at Ayr’s two day March meeting on Friday and Saturday saddling three winners and having several placed horses.READ MORE