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Ayr Racecourse stages its first Saturday meeting of 2019 today with the seven race Tennent’s Raceday.
There is some competitive racing with the feature the Caledonia Best Handicap Hurdle for the Craigie Cup and 12 runners go to post for this contest due off at 4.30pm.
Top weight is Uppertown Prince, the mount of Brian Hughes, from the Donald McCain yard who won the novices event on this card last year. Nicky Richards saddles another course winner in Better Getalong with Craig Nichol riding and Ruth Jefferson runs the lightly raced Buster Valentine who has won two of his three starts.
The Tennent’s Lager Handicap Chase, due off at 3.20pm, has seven runners and Sue Smith’s Treshnish with Danny Cook riding gets in off bottom weight and could be hard to beat although Forest des Aigles from the Lucinda Russell yard could be a danger if returning to form on a track where he has won in the past.
The opening race, the Menebrea Novices’ Hurdle could be tailor made for Largy Prospect who is having his second run for the Ian Duncan yard having caught the eye in a similar race at the track last month.
The action concludes with a national hunt Flat race at 5.35pm where Keith Dalgleish’s Sidi Ismael looks an interesting runner.
The first race is at 2.10pm with gates open at 12.10pm.
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