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Progress Drive was the star of the show as the snow came down at Ayr Racecourse yesterday winning the feature race, the totetrifecta Chase over three miles.
In testing conditions on heavy ground the Nicky Richards horse, sent off the even money favourite was given a sensible ride from Brian Hughes and made virtually all to win by 17 lengths from Lochnell.
A delighted winning trainer said afterwards : “He did that well and could develop into a good horse.”
There was a double on the card for Carluke permit holder Andrew Hamilton who saddled Bobbie’s Diamond (11-4), to win the toteexacta Novices’ Chase with amateur jockey Bruce Lynn riding and made it two when Letemgo, 11-4 joint favourite, won the three mile conditional jockeys handicap hurdle with Ross Chapman in the plate.
Andrew Hamilton commented afterwards : “That was my first ever double – I only have a small string of horses so it’s a job well done today.”
Ross Chapman had earlier ridden The Delray Munky to win the totepoollive.com mares’ handicap hurdle for trainer Iain Jardine at odds of 8-11 favourite.
Other winners on the card included the impressive Just Don’t Ask, 1-10 favourite, in the toteplacepot maiden hurdle for trainer Charlie Longsdon and jockey Brian Hughes and Lucinda Russell’s Grand Morning (4-f favourite) in the totequadpot novices’ hurdle.
The latter is owned by JP McManus and stayed on well under Derek Fox to win from Cubomania. This is a horse Lucinda thinks a lot of and he should develop into a fine chaser in time.
Issued by Iain Ferguson on behalf of Ayr Racecourse and Western House. For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 01292-294972 or 07795-565691.
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