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Kinross trainer Lucinda Russell continued her fine of form when saddling Aurora Thunder to land the Western House Hotel Mares Maiden Hurdle at Ayr Racecourse’s October Finale Raceday.
The five year old mare was sent off the 6-4 favourite and oozed confidence throughout after a confident ride from Blair Campbell to win by seven lengths from Elle Est Grande.
Ian Duncan trains just six miles from the track at Coylton and he made the short trip pay off when Jessiemac, 6-1, prevailed in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle. Alexander Thorne gave the mare a lovely ride and she came on the outside to lead over the last and see off the challenge of Rightdownthemiddle, the 2-1 favourite.
The feature race of the afternoon, the Christmas Party Nights @ Ayr Racecourse Novices’ Handicap Chase saw Chateau Robin, trained by Nicky Richards and ridden by Brian Hughes, win at the seventh attempt. The 7-4 favourite travelled well throughout and hit the front before the last fence and went on to win comfortably by two and three quarter lengths from Big Nasty.
Borders trainer Alistair Whillans landed the novices’ hurdle with Corrieben River, sent off at 10-1, and given a really strong ride by Craig Nichol.
FORMER jockey turned trainer Johnny Murtagh is hoping to make history by training the first Irish based horse of the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup.READ MORE
Ayrshire Cancer Support has been announced as the nominated charity partner for Ayr Racecourse and Western House.READ MORE