Double up for Carr and Perratt
Last Updated: 07/07/14 6:32pm
A review of the action from Ayr on Monday, where Ruth Carr and Jimmy Sullivan teamed up for a 26.5/1 double.
Mutafaakir took the feature BetVictor World Cup Spincast Free Bets Handicap, despite drifting right and then left, to complete a double for the Ruth Carr team at Ayr.
It went smoothly for most of the journey as James Sullivan allowed the five-year-old to bowl along in front over the straight five furlongs, on his first attempt at the minimum trip.
Though Mutafaakir (9/2) drifted over to the near side of the track and then back again to rejoin his rivals, he kept on strongly to beat Jinky by three-quarters of a length.
Carr and Sullivan had struck earlier with Cono Zur (4/1 joint-favourite), who put in a determined display to lead all the way in the Best Odds In Football At BetVictor.com Handicap.
The seven-year-old saw off all-comers to score by a length and three-quarters from Galilee Chapel.
Reflecting on the brace, North Yorkshire-based Carr said: "We knew Cono Zur would like the fast ground. He's been coming down the handicap and it was about time he was doing his stuff. It's the time of year when he does well.
"With Mutafaakir it was a question mark dropping him back to five furlongs. It was PJ McDonald who suggested we tried him back at five.
"He is a quirky customer, as he showed in the race. He has loads of ability, it's just that he's not straightforward."
There was a slight blot on the double for Sullivan, as he picked up a two-day ban for careless riding on Mutafaakir.
In the same race, Slade O'Hara was suspended for four days for his ride on fifth-placed Perfect Blossom as the stewards ruled he had not ridden out on a horse that would have finished fourth.
Local handler Linda Perratt also got in on the double act with Silver Rime and Dark Crystal.
Silver Rime (6/1) swooped late to capture the Penalty Shootout Money Back With BetVictor Handicap, just 24 hours after finishing fourth at the Scottish venue.
Apprentice Connor Beasley had trouble removing the blindfold from the grey on Sunday, but had no such trouble leaving the stalls this time as the nine-year-old registered a fourth course success.
The 3lb claimer had his willing mount off the pace set by Powerful Presence in the early stages before coming late to collar Jazz by half a length.
Dark Crystal sprang a 20-1 surprise under Megan Carberry when upstaging 8-15 favourite Crafted by two and a half lengths in the Enhanced Prices On BetVictor Instabet App Apprentice Handicap.
Gold Chain (8/1) came from a long way last to claim the Download The BetVictor Spincast App Handicap for trainer Dianne Sayer, owner husband Andrew and their daughter Emma in the saddle.
The four-year-old filly was detached in the early stages as Hunting Ground set a furious pace, but the 5lb claiming rider was waiting patiently.
Improving her position as the leader tired in the straight, Gold Chain weaved her way into the lead two furlongs out and went on to win by a length and three-quarters from Geanie Mac.
Joe Fanning made all the running on Mark Johnston's Disavow (9/4) to follow up a Chester success in the Injured Jockeys Fund 50th Anniversary Nursery Handicap.
Wink Oliver tried to close but was still half a length down at the line with Ingleby Spring just behind in third.
The Charlie Hills-trained Latch Onto Blue (5/6 favourite) held Short N Sweet by a neck to land the odds under Robert Winston in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes.