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Course specialist Lochnell recorded her sixth Ayr win yesterday at the track’s New Year Raceday landing the three mile handicap chase.
Given a fine waiting ride from Henry Brooke the nine year-old mare, sent off the 11-2 joint favourite, followed up her course and distance win here on December 22 in fine fashion jumping into the lead at the last and win by a length and three quarters from stablemate Finaghy Ayr.
Ian Duncan, the winning trainer who trains just six mile from the track at Coylton, said afterwards : “Lochnell couldn’t be doing her winning at a better place as her owners are the course chairman Alan MacDonald and his son Barry.
“She loves it here and has a relaxed style of racing so could be running again soon.”
Henry Brooke made it two on the day when partnering Sky Full Of Stars, 11-2, for Dumfriesshire trainer James Ewart to win the Winter Weddings At Western House Handicap Chase over two miles with Roxyfet two and a half lengths back in second.
Another jockey in double winning form was Ryan Day who partnered Better Getalong , 2-11 fav in the two mile novices’ hurdle and Idee De Grade, 2-1 favourite in the concluding national hunt flat race. Both horses are trained by Nicky Richards.
The feature race, the Racing UK Jump To It Handicap Hurdle, over two miles five furlongs saw Elusive Theatre, 11-4 favourite, and One For Harry, 9-2, pull clear with the former winning for jockey JJ Slevin and trainer Stuart Crawford.
Ayr’s next meeting is on Wednesday January 10.
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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