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Paul Nicholls, who leads the British trainers’ championship, attempts to land the feature race of the opening day of the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival at Ayr on Friday the Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase Listed Race with Flic Ou Voyou.
And Bryony Frost has her first ever ride at the track on the eight year old French bred gelding who was second to Killer Kane in a novices’ Listed chase at Sandown earlier in the month. Nicholls last won the race in 2012 with The Knoxs and will be hoping for a big run this year.
Dan Skelton has trained three of the last four winners of the race and is represented by Beakstown while last year’s winner Nietzche, from the Brian Ellison yard, is the bottom weight with Danny McMenamin riding.
Scotland’s hopes of keeping the prize north of the border rest with Nick Alexander’s two time course winner Elvis Mail who will have the help of Conor O’Farrell from the saddle.
The main supporting race on the card the Coral Mares’ Handicap Hurdle has attracted a strong field with Lucinda Russell’s Aurora Thunder, the mount of Alan Doyle, a course winner as is Fergal O’Brien’s Timeless Beauty who will be ridden by Adrian Heskin.
Two talented young hurdlers Since Day One and Soft Risk clash in in the Remus Uomo Handicap Hurdle at 2.55pm and the last time these two met at Kelso five weeks ago the former won comfortably. This time round though the weights favour the Nicky Richards’ trained Soft Risk who has Sean Quinlan in the plate.
Ayr Racecourse kicks off an incredibly busy July with Argyll Holidays Family Raceday today (Sunday).READ MORE
BORDERS based trainer Stuart Coltherd warmed his stable star Captain Redbeard up for a tilt at the Randox Health Grand National by winning the feature race in Ayr’s Tennnent’s Raceday yesterday - a three mile hurdle.READ MORE