Ayr raids suit returning heroes
Last Updated: 11/08/14 7:03pm
Two horses that won at Ayr as recently as Saturday evening returned to the Scottish venue to repeat the dose on Monday.
Both Clumber Place and Ingleby Symphony recorded their second victories within 48 hours at the west coast venue.
Ingleby Symphony (13/8 favourite) was yet another success for Richard Fahey's promising apprentice George Chaloner, who with months of the season still to run is only two victories away from notching his best tally.
Having won by eight lengths at the weekend, Fahey's filly had to work much harder in the Salt House Handicap (A Qualifier For the £15,000 Betfair Scottish Mile Series Final), but she wore down Alpine Storm to score by two and a quarter lengths.
"That's 31 for the season now and I'm only two short of my best ever," said Chaloner.
"I'm so pleased with how things have been going, winning the Northumberland Plate (Angel Gabrial) and the Wokingham (Baccarat) have been the highlights.
"The ground was testing for her on Saturday night but it's even more so today so she must be really tough to win again."
Clumber Place (7/2) was allowed to set sedate fractions in the first division of the Danny Tyson Handicap and made every yard of the running.
Trained by the in-form Shaun Harris, the mare never looked like being caught and cruised to a three-length win under Jason Hart.
Harris was at Wolverhampton overseeing his runners on the new Tapeta surface, but his wife Debbie said: "She's lovely, she just eats, chills and relaxes and the plan was always to run her in both races.
"We'd hoped the rain would come and it did as she likes it soft.
"We'll maybe try a mile with her now (eight wins over seven furlongs) as she sees the trip out much better.
"Last season I'm not sure if something was troubling her as she didn't show much, but this year she's at the top of her form again.
"We've put her in at Doncaster on Saturday with it being our local track, so we'll just see how she is."
Plenty of column inches had been written about Fergal Lynch's comeback in the second division of the Danny Tyson Handicap yet despite a huge gamble on his mount Mr Bounty just before the off from 12/1 into 7/2, he could only finish fourth.
The race was won in effortless style by Karl Burk'e Jay Kay (2/1 favourite), ridden by Joey Haynes.
Burke's Middleham string have really hit form in recent days and Jay Kay was the second leg of a double, instigated by Mystic And Artist in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes.
Sent off at 7/2 on her third start, the Excellent Art filly easily accounted for Charlie Hills' odds-on favourite Kodiva by four lengths.
The double took Burke's tally to eight winners in the past seven days.
Awake My Soul finally got back to winning ways in the feature Conference And Events At Ayr Racecourse Handicap.
David O'Meara's five-year-old was sent off 9/4 favourite down in grade and defied 10st under Danny Tudhope to gain a second course and distance win in style.
Ruth Carr's veteran Klynch (9/1) relished the soft ground in the Winter Wizard Handicap (Qualifier For The £15,000 Betfair Scottish Sprint Series Final).
Drawn in stall 10 of 11, only one other runner came up the near side rail but James Sullivan appeared to be on a golden highway as his mount, having his 104th race, never came off the bridle.
Klynch just pulled further and further clear, beating Lady Ranger by five lengths.
Lord Buffhead (9/1) followed a similar path in the Weddings At Western House Hotel Handicap.
Richard Guest's sprinter was drawn 12 of 12 and 5lb claimer Dulio da Silva tracked Chloe's Dream before Lord Buffhead took over with over a furlong to run, winning by two and three-quarter lengths.