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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.
The Caledonia Best Handicap Hurdle for the Craigie Cup carried a first prize of £10,600 and trainer’s son Sam rode a very confident race to hold off the challenge of Verona Opera and win comfortably.
Stuart Coltherd said afterwards : “That was a good performance and because his training had been interrupted by the snow it was a perfect warm up for Aintree and a good prize to pick up along the way.”
Peter Scudamore, assistant trainer and partner of Lucinda Russell, was delighted with the run of Imjoeking, who won the Tennent’s Lager Handicap Chase for the second year running in the hands of Derek Fox. This is another horse who now heads to Aintree for one of the chases there and he battled all the way to just the better of Monbeg River.
Lucinda also saddled Haul Us In, ridden by Blair Campbell, to win the Heverlee Mares’ Handicap Hurdle for the Ayrshire Yeomanry Cup at 9-4.
The Russell yard were fancied to make it a treble in the finale, the national hunt flat race, but their runner Precious Cargo, was beaten into second place by Gleno, 7-4, trained in Larne by Stuart Crawford.
At one point in the Magners Irish Cider Handicap Chase Takingrisks trailed Indy Five by more than 30 lengths but the former stayed on up in the run in as his opponent tired and won by two and a quarter lengths for trainer Nicky Richards and rider Ryan Day.
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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