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LUCINDA Russell was in form on the opening day of the 2017-2018 jumps season at Ayr Racecourse yesterday saddling a double.
And her first success of the afternoon with Rivabodiva winning the Conditional Jockeys’ Training Handicap Hurdle part of the Racing Excellence series giving jockey Thomas Willmott his first ever winner from only his ninth ride.
Lucinda also landed the feature race of the afternoon, the William Hill Proud To Support Scottish Sport Handicap Chase with Vengeur De Guye collaring long-time leader Halcyon Days close home to win by a length under a confident ride from Grand National winning jockey Derek Fox.
There was plenty of incidents in the two mile four furlong handicap chase with one of the three co-favourites Star Tackle unseating his rider in the back straight and then Well Above Par falling three out when very much in contention but it was Socksy another co-favourite who prevailed in the end winning by a length and a half from Buffalo Ballet.
That gave trainer Fergal O’Brien and jockey Paddy Brennan who had earlier won the maiden hurdle with Global Stage doubles on the day .
Better Getalong, trained by Nicky Richards, was always travelling well under jockey Ryan Day and won by three and a half lengths from Quick Pick.
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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