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THE best was kept to last at Ayr Racecourse yesterday when the most impressive winner of the day came in the final race on the card.
The Iain Jardine trained Sepal was always travelling well under Joe Fanning in the Book For The William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Handicap over one mile two furlongs and justified her 7-2 joint favouritism by pulling clear and winning by six lengths from New Abbey Angel.
It was the second winner on the card for Fanning who had earlier steered Chinese Spirit (10-1) to win the William This Is More Handicap for trainer Mike Smith.
The feature race of the afternoon was the William Hill Proud To Support Scottish Sport Handicap and the 7-4 favourite Weekend Offender under a fine Tom Eaves ride asserted close home to win by a length and three quarters from Royal Regent.
Graham Lee was another jockey in double winning form riding Affina at odds of 3-1 to win the opening novice stakes for Newmarket trainer Simon Crisford and then following up on Alfie’s Angel, an 8-1 chance for the Bryan Smart yard in the six furlong handicap.
Trainer Garvan Donnelly who is based in Garristown, County Dublin trained his first ever Ayr winner with Harry Speed (3-1 favourite) winning division two of the seven furlong handicap in the hands of Lewis Edmunds.
Ayr’s next meeting is the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival run on September 21-23 and entries close at noon today (Tuesday) for the £200,000 William Hill Ayr Gold Cup.
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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