Presenting Junior is hero at Ayr


Ayr Racecourse staged its final meeting of 2014 – Heroes Raceday – last Wednesday with the outstanding performance coming from the Martin Todhunter trained Presenting Junior.

A winner at the previous meeting on November 1 and runner up on October 27 the horse kept up his great run of form under Wilson Renwick to land the Poppyscotland Handicap Chase.

Sent off at 11/2 Presenting Junior made a mistake three out but rallied to challenge leader King Of The Wolds near the finishing post and went on to win by three quarters of a length.

Todhunter also saddled De Chissler (9/4 joint fav) to win the Download The BetVictor Instabet App Handicap Hurdle, ridden by Graham Watters.

Lochnell, owned by Ayr Racecourse chairman Alan Macdonald and his son Barry and trained by Jim Goldie, won the maiden hurdle by eight lengths for young Ryan Day at 4/1.

Redpender, another horse who won at Ayr on November 1, followed up for trainer Jimmy Moffatt and jockey Tony Kelly. This grey gelding, sent off at 5/2, took the lead before the last in the two and a half mile handicap chase and powered clear by seven lengths.

Lucinda Russell scored with Ballyben (7/4) in the Play Casino At Novices Limited Handicap Chase while the national hunt flat race went to trainer Nicky Richards, jockey Brian Harding and Imada (13/8 fav) .

There was also a win for Harriet Graham with Maggie Blue (9/4) won the Mares Handicap Hurdle.

Ayr’s next meeting is the New Year’s Raceday on Friday January 2. For more information on racing at Ayr go online at or call 01292-264179.