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Leading Irish trainer Gordon Elliott sends five horses to Ayr Racecourse today (Wednesday) and he has booked three Irish champion jockey Davy Russell to ride four of them.
The pick of the quintet could be the unbeaten Galvin who runs in the Dream Weddings At Western House Hotel Novices’ Hurdle at 2.00pm.
Owned by businessman Ronnie Bartlett whose colours were carried to Cheltenham glory by Simonsig this five year-old has won national hunt flat races and two hurdle contests and holds several Festival entries.
Penrith based trainer Nicky Richards saddles Glittering Love, the mount of Brian Hughes, in the Book Tickets at scottishgrandnationalfestival.co.uk Chase and the seven year-old is on a three timer having won chases at Hexham and Ayr this winter.
The feature race is the Weatherbys Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide Chase, a Novices’ Limited Handicap which boasts a small but select field and the Elliott runner here is Veinard. He takes on three opponents including Oliver Greenall’s Zalvados.
The opening handicap hurdle at 1.30pm sees Magic Of Milan, a winner at the track last month returning and she will be ridden once again by top conditional rider Ross Chapman.
Nicky Richards runs the highly thought of Peters Cousin in the Weatherbys General Stud Book Mares’ Handicap Hurdle at 3.05pm where she takes on six opponents including the Donald Whillans trained Paper Roses.
The action ends with the Hospitality At Ayr Racecourse Mares’ Standards Open National Hunt Flat Race featuring some interesting runners including Gordon Elliott’s Arion Sky and Stuart Crawford’s Mandy’s Quine.
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