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AYR Racecourse ‘s traditional New Year Raceday goes ahead today after the track passed an early morning inspection.
The opening race at 12.30 pm is the Racing UK Maiden Hurdle over two miles four furlongs and the eight strong field includes three Irish raiders from the stables of Neil McKnight, Patrick Griffin and Stuart Crawford.
The biggest field of the day sees eleven go to post for the Book For The Ayrshire Wedding Shoe Handicap Hurdle at 1.00 pm and top weight here is the unbeaten five year old Niceandeasy from the Keith Dalgleish yard ridden by Craig Nichol.
Running in the Straightline Bloodstock colours this gelding has won a national hunt flat race, a maiden hurdle and a novice hurdle and is a highly promising horse.
Leading jockey Tom Scudamore makes the long tri[p north from his south of England base for just one mount on Lucinda Russell’s Le Frank in the novices’ hurdle over two miles at 1.35 pm where he takes on course winner Better Getalong.
The feature race is the Racing UK Jump To It Handicap Hurdle at 2.40 pm over two mile five furlongs and Plus Jamais, trained by Iain Jardine and ridden by Ross Chapman is one to note here having won three times at the track over the years. Another interesting runner is Elusive Theatre, trained by Stuart Crawford in Larne, Northern Ireland who won a maiden hurdle here last February.
The going is heavy and gates open at the track at 11.55 pm.
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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