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Ayr stages a two day meeting tomorrow and Tuesday with Winter Raceday followed by totepool Raceday.
Tomorrow sees six races with the opening contest the Racing UK Maiden Hurdle over two miles and Lucinda Russell has an interesting runner in this in the shape of Grand Morning who carries the colours of JP McManus with Derek Fox riding. The six year-old finished third in a similar event at Hexham in November and could go close.
John Quinn is a trainer with a great record for placing his horses and he runs Raised On Grazeon, with Danny Cook riding, and this horse comes to Ayr on the back of a Catterick hurdle win on New Years’ Day.
The feature race is the Biggest Jumps Season On Racing UK Chase, a novices’ limited handicap, over two miles four furlongs and the in-form combination of trainer Donald McCain and jockey Brian Hughes team up here on Hills Of Dubai returning to action after a 10 month lay-off.
Tuesday’s seven race card features the ROA/Racing Post Owners’ Jackpot Handicap Chase, a qualifier for the Northern Lights Staying Chase Series and course specialist Lochnell goes for her seventh course win here the most recent of those coming in a three mile chase on January 2.
Champion jockey Richard Johnson is pencilled in for the ride on the Tim Vaughan trained Scrutinise in the two mile handicap hurdle where the main danger to this far travelled could be the recent course winner Sky Full Of Stars from the James Ewart yard.
Another leading jockey making an Ayr raid is Tom Scudamore who rides Shaama Grise for his guv’nor David Pipe in the totequadpot Novices’ Chase over two miles.
For more information on racing at Ayr go online at www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk or call 01292 264179.
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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