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Young Danny McMenamin had a day he will never forget at Ayr Racecourse yesterday riding a winner from his first ever ride under rules.
The 18 year-old was only granted his amateur rider’s licence in December but gave joint favourite Western Rules an assured ride to win the Collect totepool Winnings at Betfred Shops Amateur Riders’ Handicap Hurdle by a short head from the other joint favourite Dedigout.
Afterwards trainer Nicky Richards said : “Danny works for me and had ridden a lot of winners in pony races in Ireland. He’s a good lad and gave the horse a good ride.”
Earlier on the card Richards won the feature race, the totesport.com Handicap Chase on Bernadelli ridden by Craig Nichol.
Mike Smith who trains just 10 miles from the track at Galston was celebrating after Our Lucas landed the totetrifecta Handicap Hurdle for the James Barclay Challenge Trophy. Jockey Brian Hughes oozed confidence on the 7-2 shot and won by three lengths from Imada.
Mike said: “It was a good performance from Our Lucas and my other horse Trongate finished third – I was hoping for the forecast.”
Brian Hughes also rode Snougar to land the opening maiden hurdle while Irish raider Angus Milan battled all the way to the line to hold off favourite Acdc in the totequadpot Handicap Chase.
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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