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Ayr Racecourse stages the penultimate Flat meeting of 2019 at the track today (Tuesday) with a very healthy 97 runners across the eight race card.
The feature race is the Legendary Western House Hogmanay Ball Handicap over seven furlongs at 4.20pm and top weight is Redarna from the Dianne Sayer yard and this gelding has run at the course five times winning four and being second once.
That runners-up slot came ten days ago on the Saturday of the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival in the Microtech Handicap when only Wise Counsel proved too good for the five year old. He will be given plenty to do today by the Michael Dods’ trained Get Knotted while Iain Jardine’s Nubough is another interesting runner in what looks a very good contest.
The opening apprentice handicap is another extremely competitive heat with Mike Smith’s Pudding Chare, going for course win number four, up against a strong field including Ruth Carr’s Abushamah, Linda Perratt’s Chinese Spirit and Cliff Bay from the Keith Dalgleish yard.
Irish trainer Gordon Elliott saddles two runners - Navigate By Stars in the Winter Weddings At Western House Handicap and House Call in the concluding 1m 2f handicap. Gordon has a 33 per cent strike rate on the Flat at Ayr over the past five years and both today’s runners will be ridden by top apprentice Sean Davis.
VICENTE could attempt to be the first horse to win three consecutive Coral Scottish Grand Nationals in more than 100 years after being named as one of 78 entries in this year’s race.READ MORE
THE curtain came down on the 2018 Flat season at Ayr yesterday and Keith Dalgleish celebrated by saddling a first and second race double to clinch the trainers’ title at the track. First up was Epona in the opening novice stakes. Given an enterprising ride from Rowan Scott the two year-old filly established a commanding lead and repelled the challenge of the heavily backed Pendleton to win by two and a quarter lengths.READ MORE