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Trainer Kim Bailey made the 600 mile round trip from his Cheltenham base pay off when Dandy Dan - his only runner at Ayr - landed the feature race of the afternoon, the Like Racing TV On Facebook Novices’ Chase.
The lightly raced six year-old was winning his third chase on the bounce and holds an entry in the National Hunt Chase at next month’s Cheltenham Festival but his jockey David Bass thinks he will body swerve that booking.
He said : “It was a very tactical race out there but he did it well and he’s a very nice horse. That’s three chases he has won from five starts and I’m sure the trainer will have plans for him. I know he has a Cheltenham entry but personally I don’t think he’’ll go there but that’s not for to decide.”
Fife based trainer Nick Alexander is enjoying a very successful season and he saddled another winner yesterday with Christmas In the USA, ridden by Lucy Alexander, winning the two mile handicap hurdle.
Borders handler Sandy Thomson was also in the winners enclosure with Arthur’s Secret ridden by Rachael McDonald, always travelling well and coming home two lengths clear from Sun Cloud in the Watch Racing TV Now Handicap Hurdle.
There was a third Scottish trained winner when Graystown, trained by Start Coltherd in Selkirk won the two miles four furlongs handicap chase with Brian Hughes riding.
Champion jockey Richard Johnson was another who made the long journey from the south of England a fruitful one when piloting Western Honour to win the opening novices’ hurdle by three and a quarter lengths from Welsh Rarebit.
LUCINDA Russell left the best till last at Ayr Racecourse’s January Finale Raceday yesterday when she introduced newcomer Precious Cargo in the concluding national hunt flat race to win by eleven lengths.READ MORE
THE final Flat meeting of 2018 at Ayr takes place today (Thursday) with an eight race card featuring 112 runners. The feature race of the afternoon is the Western House Hotel Handicap at 3.10pm where 11 runners go to post including the Richard Fahey trained Militia who won at the track in July and Inexes from the Marjorie Fife yard who won over course and distance last week.READ MORE