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Inverurie based trainer Jackie Stephen saddled her first ever winner at Ayr yesterday when Welcome Ben won the feature race of the day, the Join Racing TV Now Handicap Chase over two miles four furlongs.
Given a sound tactical ride from Craig Nichol the ten year-old gelding shared the lead throughout the early stages before going clear three out and coming home eleven lengths clear of second placed Blakerigg.
There was a fascinating battle in the Weddings At Western House Hotel Beginners’ Chase between odds on favourite Commodore Barry, from the Kim Bailey yard, and Jim Goldie’s Get Out The gate with the latter prevailing close home under Callum Bewley to win by a neck.
Jockey Brian Hughes celebrated a first and last race double on Onthefrontfoot for Donald McCain in the two mile maiden hurdle and Streets of Doyen, trained near Larne by Stuart Crawford in the national hunt flat race.
Iain Jardine sent out She’sasupermack to win the mares’ novices’ hurdle under Ross Chapman. She was a well-supported favourite.
Young Irish trainer Stephen Hanlon was another celebrating his first course win when Diggin Deep lived up to his name getting home by a short head to win the three mile handicap hurdle.
Champion trainer Nicky Henderson will attempt to win the Coral Scottish Grand National for the first time at Ayr on Saturday when he runs Cheltenham hero Beware The Bear in the £215,000 contest.Read More
THE opening day of the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival has attracted a total of 83 runners across the seven races.READ MORE