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Carluke based trainer Keith Dalgleish saddled his 15th winner of July equalling his best ever monthly total when Euro Nightmare won the feature race, the £14,500 Western House Handicap.
Graham Lee always had the three year-old 5-2 joint favourite handily placed over the one mile two furlong trip and held off a late challenge from Weekend Offender to win by half a length.
Keith said : “The horses are running well and that’s my 53rd winner of the year. Euro Nightmare is a genuine filly and battled on well to win there.”
Jim Goldie is another Scottish trainer in good form and Strong Steps gave him another Ayr success when winning the Sandylands Caravan Park Handicap at 17-2 in the hands of Paddy Mathers. This was the gelding’s third run for the yard and he bounced back quickly after disappointing at Newcastle on Saturday.
The opening novice stakes saw the only unraced horse of the five runners, the Kevin Ryan trained New Show, a 7-1 chance, win rather cosily under Tom Eaves and this looks a highly promising colt for the future.
There was also a very good performance from Dubawi Fifty, trained by Karen McClintock and ridden by Graham Lee, in the one mile seven furlong Parkdean Resorts Handicap. The horse had been off the track since December and this was his first ever run on turf.
The Richard Fahey-Paul Hanagan combination have a great record at Ayr and continued it when Khelman, 8-1, won six furlong Sundrum Castle Holiday Park Handicap.
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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