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TENNENT’S Raceday at Ayr today (Saturday) features seven races with £125,000 in prize-money.
The feature race is the £40,000Tennent’s Cup Scottish Handicap Hurdle Trial Handicap Hurdle and with £40,000 in the pot.
Top weight is the Donald McCain trained Chti Balko and this three time hurdles winner is having his first run since March and is the mount this afternoon of Will Kennedy. Keith Dalgleish runs Taxmeifyoucan with Brian Hughes riding and Dr Richard Newland sends Le Patriote north.
Last year’s winner Martila runs again for owner Raymond Anderson Green, Pauline Robson and Craig Nichol.
The Johnnie Walker Handicap Chase, a Class 3 over 2m 5f 110y features three course winners - Chris Grant’s Acdc, Chidswell from the Nicky Richards yard and Martin Todhunter’s Monbeg River.
The Schweppes Handicap Hurdle, Class 3 over three miles sees Sandy Thomson run Shades of Midnight who won the Craigie Cup here back in March 2016 and he takes on a strong field including Peter Bowen’s far travelled Rolling Maul who has won his last three races and another course winner in Stuart Crawford’s Elusive Theatre.
The third Class 3 is the Magners Handicap Chase over two miles and half a furlong at 2.50pm.
The afternoon’s action ends with the Coke Zero Maiden National Hunt Flat Race for conditional jockeys and amateur riders and Nicky Richards who has a great record here in this type of race saddles Ribble River who runs in the colours made famous by David Wesley Yates.
Gates open at 11.00am.
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