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Too Many Chiefs is fast becoming an Ayr specialist and racked up his third win at the track in two months yesterday when winning the Jump To It And Join Racing UK Handicap Hurdle race.
The three mile trip in heavy ground was a bit of a slog and the seven year old had to defy an 11lb penalty but stayed on in the closing strides under a power packed ride from Finian O’Toole to win by three quarters of a length from long-time leader Chef d’Oeuvre.
Winning trainer Sharon Watt said afterwards : “Weight stops trains but clearly not him at Ayr ! He is an out and out stayer and just keeps galloping.”
The famous green and gold colours of owner JP McManus were carried to victory by the very promising Grand Morning in the opening race– the Racing UK Maiden Hurdle over two miles.
It was a first victory in the silks for Grand National winning jockey Derek Fox who was praised by trainer Lucinda Russell after the race. She said : “ The conditions are pretty attritional and I thought Derek gave him a very sensible ride. He’s a lovely young horse who will get further in time.”
The Hawick yard of Donald Whillans were on the mark in the Racing UK Jump To It Mares’ Handicap Hurdle over two miles when Baby Ticker stayed on past Raised On Grazeon to win in the hands of Callum Whillans by three quarters of a length.
The easiest winner of the afternoon was Rosquero who crossed the line 16 lengths in front of Casual Cavalier in the totepool Betting At totesport.com Handicap Chase over two miles. Trainer Kenny Johnson had ridden the horse to win at the track almost four years ago. Harry Reed was on board yesterday.
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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