Desert Cry scores for Moyes

By Gor­don Brown

Sunday Herald - - 19.03.17 SPORT -

SUN­DER­LAND foot­ball man­ager David Moyes was all smiles af­ter his colours were car­ried to vic­tory by Desert Cry at Ayr last Satur­day. His club are rooted to the bot­tom of Eng­land’s Pre­mier League, so it was a wel­come change of luck for Moyes, who co-owns the geld­ing with for­mer Stran­raer and Ayr United man­ager Neil Watt.

Moyes, who loves a day at the races, told me trainer Don­ald McCain wants to run Desert Cry at Ain­tree next month, so hope­fully he’ll have an­other big day to look for­ward to.

There was the usual sell-out crowd at Langholm Rugby Club last Sun­day for the an­nual Chel­tenham Pre­view night in aid of the In­jured Jock­eys Fund. The panel fea­tured Jim Goldie, Sandy Thom­son and Craig Ni­chol and their horses to fol­low were added to the Fes­ti­vals tips.

Sandy re­vealed that his sta­ble star Seey­ouat­mid­night could run over hur­dles at Kelso this week­end on his way to ei­ther the Ir­ish or Scot­tish Na­tional.

Jim’s one-lin­ers prompted plenty of laugh­ter and he told ev­ery­one to look out for Pic­ture Painter when he goes over hur­dles later in the spring.

Nearly £2500 was raised for a very good cause.

There was an even big­ger crowd at a Fes­ti­val Pre­view night in Hamil­ton last Fri­day when the star turn was Paul Car­berry. A Grand Na­tion­al­win­ning jockey aboard Bob­byjo in 1999, Paul, who is now re­tired also scooped no fewer than 15 win­ners at Chel­tenham dur­ing a stel­lar ca­reer.

“Alice”, as he’s known, had the pun­ters in stitches with some of his an­tics, and his stylish rid­ing is sorely missed since he was forced to re­tire last year due to a se­ri­ous leg in­jury.

I hear there will be an an­nounce­ment this week re­gard­ing the new boss at Kelso Race­course. The va­cancy arose af­ter long-serv­ing man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Richard Lan­dale de­cided to take a back seat at the Borders venue. The next ac­tion in Scot­land takes place at Mus­sel­burgh on Fri­day fol­lowed by Kelso on Satur­day when ITV will broad­cast two races from a de­cent card.

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