Winston in sparkling form at Ayr

JOCKEY Robert Winston was in sparkling form at Ayr’s two day June meeting riding three winners, one on the Friday night and two on Saturday, all trained by Lambourn based Charles Hills..

The feature race of Saturday’s card went Robert’s way when he produced the 7/2 favourite Angels Will Fall to win the Scottish Sun/E.B.F. Land O’Burns Fillies Stakes, a Listed Race with £40,000 in prize money.

And he followed up in the last, the Peoples Ford Handicap when Cool Macavity (10/1) bravely held on to win by a neck from Red Inca, the 7/2 joint favourite. The jockey’s Friday night winner was on Sir Fredlot (11/4) in the Scottish Sun Maiden Stakes.

Another jockey who rode a Saturday double was Amy Ryan and both horses were trained by her dad Kevin. Ardmay landed the valuable Scottish Sun On Sunday Handicap at 9/1 and Reem Star (11/2) was a comfortable winner of the STV Appeal Handicap.

Graham Gibbons became the third jockey to ride two winners on the card when Tickle Time (7/2) landed the SunSport/EBF Maiden Stakes to follow his earlier success on 11/2 chance Bosun Breeze in the Scottish Sun Miss Scotland Handicap. Both horses were trained by David Barron.

Former football star Mick Channon, now a successful racehorse trainer, sent Show Flower on the 722 mile round trip from his Berkshire stables to win the Weatherseal Handicap in the hands of Paul Mulrennan at odds of 4/1.

The riding honours on Friday night went to Irvine born jockey Danny Tudhope who won on Able Master (6/1) for trainer David O’Meara in the Iomart Group Handicap and followed that victory with another for trainer Jo Hughes on Calisto Moon (6/1) in the Domino’s Pizza Handicap.

Ayr’s next meeting is the totepool Armed Forces Family Raceday on Sunday July 8.

AYR Racecourse holds a two day fixture on Sunday July 8 with the totepool Armed Forces Family Raceday followed by Summer Fun Raceday on Monday July 9.

Both afternoons feature seven races with the opening race on Sunday, The Sadie Sawers Memorial Median Auction Maiden Stakes for two year olds over seven furlongs.

The feature race on the opening day is The Your Favourite Pool Bets At Handicap over a mile and the final race is The Deal Or No Deal At Amateur Riders Handicap over the minimum trip of five furlongs due off at 5.00 pm.

Monday’s card also starts at 2.00 pm with the Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Maiden Stakes over five furlongs followed half an hour later by the feature race – the Handicap also over five furlongs with £10,300 in prize money.

Ayr hosts no fewer than five meetings during the month of July on the 8th, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th making it the busiest month of the year at the Craigie track.