Char­lie scores big with his de­but ride Jockey makes his mark in Cham­pion Hur­dle Trial

Ayrshire Post - - Motors - Iain Fer­gu­son

J o c k e y C h a r l i e Ham­mond will al­ways have fond mem­o­ries of Ayr Race­course as his very first ride there on Satur­day pro­vided him with a big race win­ner.

Char­lie rode Le Pa­tri­ote for trainer Dr Richard New­land to win the fea­ture race of the day, the Ten­nent’s Cup Scot­tish Cham­pion Hur­dle trial.

The well backed 5- 4 favourite wore down Chti Balko on the run in to clinch the £ 40,000 race.

The star of Satur­day’s show was un­doubt­edly trainer Nicky Richards who sad­dled a 44- 1 tre­ble with Blak­erigg, Tak­ingrisks and Rib­ble Val­ley.

The first named, a lightly raced seven year- old, was hav­ing his first run since a wind op­er­a­tion and hav­ing been heav­ily gam­bled for the Gor­don’s Pink Gin Hand­i­cap be­fore­hand was sent off 11- 4 favourite and won as a favourite should.

Brian Hughes was al­ways look­ing con­fi­dent and he went clear three out and won by six lengths from In­st­ing­tive.

The highly promis­ing sta­ble con­di­tional jockey, Danny McMe­namin, was on board Nicky’s next two win­ners.

Tak­ingrisks over­came a slight mis­take at the last to win the Sch­weppes 1783 Hand­i­cap Hur­dle by half a length from Jus­taten­ner.

And the third and fi­nal leg of the tre­ble came up in the bumper when Rib­ble Val­ley, given a su­perb wait­ing ride from young McMe­namin, jus­ti­fied 2- 1 favouritism to win cosily on his race­course de­but.

There was a short priced win­ner in the open­ing race when Sassy Diva, a 1- 3 shot, came home seven lengths clear of Peter’s Cousin.

The Grand Sefton Chase at Ain­tree next month is the tar­get for Lucinda Rus­sell’s Forest Des Aigles who won the John­nie Walker Hand­i­cap Chase in the hands of Derek Fox.

His owner Ray­mond An­der­son Green com­mented: “We’ve al­ways thought the world of this horse but thought he might need the run to­day.”

Ayr ’ s next meet­ing is Novem­ber Race­day on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 14.

The seven race card is due off at 12.35pm with a 2m 3f hand­i­cap hur­dle while the fea­ture race, the Book Now For The Ayrshire Wed­ding Show hand­i­cap chase over three miles, gets un­der way at 3.20pm.

This race was won last year by Cata­ma­ran Du Seuil from the Dr Richard New­land yard, rid­den by Brian Hughes.

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