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Glenalmond does the job at Ayr

Tom Eaves: On the mark at Ayr

A review of the action from Ayr, where Glenalmond booked his ticket to York’s Ebor meeting with an impressive debut win.

Glenalmond is likely to be given the chance to test his powers in Pattern-race company at next month’s Ebor meeting at York after the well-related juvenile got his career off to a winning start in the sunshine at Ayr.

The Iffraaj colt is certainly bred for the job as a full-brother to Group One-winning two-year-old Wootton Bassett, a horse produced and sold by Glenalmond’s owner-breeders Colin and Melba Bryce.

By chance, Wootton Basset also made a successful start to his career at Ayr and Glenalmond was an 11/8 favourite to follow in his sibling’s hoofprints in the Sunday Mail Centenary Fund Maiden Stakes.

Never too far off the speed in the hands of Danny Tudhope, Karl Burke’s youngster quickened up to lead heading inside the last of six furlongs and although he idled close home, he passed the post with half a length in hand over My Dream Boat.

Burke said: “He’s a horse who has shown us a decent level of ability at home, but although he was mentally ready to run, I think he’ll go on to improve physically throughout the year and he should make a nice three-year-old next season.

“I’m delighted for Colin and Melba. They own the mare (Balladonia) and bred Wootton Bassett. This horse didn’t fetch his reserve at the sales, so it’s great he’s gone and won for them at the first time of asking.

“I think he’s won a shade cosily and Danny said he has plenty of speed for six furlongs, but at the same time, he’ll stay seven no problem at all.

“He’s in the Gimcrack Stakes at York and there is also the option of the Acomb Stakes at the same meeting if we decide to go up to seven furlongs.

“It will be one or the other of those two races for him next, I would have thought.”

Tudhope was narrowly denied a double in the feature event of the day as a late thrust from his mount Ingleby Angel was not quite enough to reel in Muharrer in the Daily Record Handicap.

The Michael Dods-trained winner was a 7/1 shot following a decent run in defeat at the track a month ago and stuck on well in the hands of apprentice Connor Beasley to take the £22,500 contest by a neck.

Dods said: “He did it well and he’s quite a nice horse.

“He’s had a few niggly problems and wasn’t getting home in his races. Tom Eaves, who rode him last time, said he needs a bit of daylight when he’s coming with a run as he felt he was a bit soft.

“He has a bit of ability, though, and hopefully he’ll go on from here.”

Paul Mulrennan brought up his half century for the season by guiding Dandy Nicholls-trained 3/1 favourite Layla’s Hero to a clear-cut victory in the Ayrshire Post Handicap.

“He was bit unlucky the other night at Hamilton, he just jumped a little bit slow, but we got it right today,” the jockey told Racing UK.

“He jumped like a rocket, we managed to get a good tow into the race and he won well, so hopefully he should go in again.

“He’s a horse with a lot of ability. He just needs things to fall right.”

Bunce (15/2) clinched the Polyflor Handicap for Scottish trainer Linda Perratt and in-form jockey PJ McDonald.

The six-year-old is having a busy summer having run four times in June and this was his fourth run in July, just three days after his latest appearance at Hamilton.

Perratt said: “He was out in the field all day yesterday and when I brought him in I was wondering whether I’d left him out too long, but it was such a lovely day and the horses were loving it.

“He ran over six (furlongs) at Hamilton the other night and I think he just prefers getting his toe in a little bit.

“I think when they go fast over five furlongs that suits him.”

Bunce has been declared to run again at Musselburgh on Tuesday and Perratt said: “We’ll see what he’s like in the morning and see what the ground is like, but the key to him is the ground.”

The Keith Dalgleish-trained Porthos Du Vallon was a 6/1 winner of the Happy 60th Birthday Iain Ferguson Handicap under Tom Eaves, while rookie trainer John Riches and jockey Ali Rawlinson teamed up to take the Kilmarnock Standard Handicap with 10/1 shot Gambino.

Wor Lass sent favourite backers home happy by obliging as the 11/4 market-leader in the concluding Irvine Herald Apprentice Handicap.


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