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LUCINDA Russell left the best till last at Ayr Racecourse’s January Finale Raceday yesterday when she introduced newcomer Precious Cargo in the concluding national hunt flat race to win by eleven lengths.
The Kinross trainer was beaming after the race and said : “I’m absolutely delighted with him. Derek (Fox) was a bit worried because he was taking a strong hold in front, but he just kept on galloping.
“He’s a big strong horse. I’m not sure what we’ll do with him. Whether we go over hurdles now or go for another bumper I’m not too sure.”
The feature race of the day, the ROA/Racing Post Owners’ Jackpot Chase over three miles saw the Micky Hammond trained Knocknamona record a four timer, staying on well to win by a length in the hands of jockey Alain Cawley.
The jockey was delighted to win with his only ride of the day, saying : “It was his first time over three miles and he loves that ground. He goes through it better than most.
“He was a bit keen and wanted to get on with it, so I let him. We went pretty slow for him to stay the trip. It was six and a half hours up in the car but it will make the journey back abit easier!”
Borders born jockey rode a double winning the opening maiden hurdle on Sweet As Candy for trainer Rose Dobbin fighting back after being headed on the run in to deny Behindthelines by three quarters of a length.
Then Craig teamed up with trainer Nicky Richards to land the two mile Novices’ Hurdle on Uncle Alastair who was winning his fifth race from only six starts.
His trainer said : ““He probably wants two and a half or three miles on a bit better ground to see him at his best. I think he’s a grand horse - his form figures certainly suggest he’s a good horse.
“He’s won three novice events now, so we’ll see what the handicapper thinks of it. We probably won’t set our sights too high, we’ll feel our way a little bit with him."
Issued by Iain Ferguson on behalf of Ayr Racecourse. For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 01292-294972 or 07795-565691.
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