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IN-FORM trainer Keith Dalgleish landed a first and last race double at Ayr Racecourse yesterday to take him to the 39 winner mark on the Flat for the year.
The impressive Beechwood Ella, a 7-1 chance, having only her second run got up to win by a neck from Freed From Desire to win the British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes run over 7f under a fine ride from Tony Hamilton.
And in the final race, a 1m 2fhandicap, Qasr showed a lot of determination to get back up to win by a neck frim French Resistance after being headed. Ridden by Joe Fanning the 13-2 chance could be an even better horse if he learns to settle.
That win also signalled a double for jockey Fanning who had an armchair ride on Curly Girl, trained in Ireland by John James Feane, to win Division One of the Weddings At Western House Hotel Handicap over 7f.
The most exciting race of the afternoon was the Western House Hotel Handicap and in a bunch finish the Jim Goldie trained Eternalist, 8-1, ridden by Harrison Shaw, prevailed by a head from Kibaar with Our Place in Loule a further neck back in third. The winner survived a stewards’ inquiry to keep the race.
Top Irish jumps trainer Gordon Elliott turned his attention to the Flat and won the Ayrshire Cancer Support Handicap over 1m with Markham, 5-1, ridden by Connor Beasley.
The feature race of the day, the Ayrshire Cancer Support James Bond Ball Handicap over 1m 2f was won by course specialist King’s Gift, trained by Michsel Dods and ridden by Callum Rodriguez.
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