Ayr raid pays off for champion jockey

Richard Johnson made the long trip north to Ayr pay off yesterday when he rode a treble at the track.

Richard Johnson in action. Picture: PA
Richard Johnson in action. Picture: PA

The horse which set the ball rolling the champion jockey-elect – Destiny Awaits, the 11/4 winner of Division 11 of the Happy Birthday Allie Handicap Hurdle over three miles – gave Lanarkshire-based Keith 
Pollock his first-ever winner.

Pollock, who owns a chain of hairdressing salons in Lanarkshire, is a former stable boy with the late Henry Cecil and trains three horses from his yard in the village of Braidwood outside Carluke.

After his win, Pocock said : “I think a lot of this horse and he did it well. I got the bug for getting back into racing when my daughter got a pony and I looked after it for her.”

Johnson’s second win came on Jack Steel for trainer Lucinda Russell.

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Sent off the 5/4 favourite for the feature race, the handicap chase, the horse always looked to be travelling well and won by five lengths from Retrieve The Stick.

Fagan was win No 3 for Johnson landing the national hunt flat race by half a length from Meet the Legend.

Other winners on the day included the Nicky Richards- trained Imada in the two-mile novice hurdle and Love The Leader, trained by Johnny Farrelly and ridden by young Irish amateur David Noonan in Division 1 of the Happy Birthday Allie Handicap Hurdle.

Meanwhile, John Gosden has bigger fish to fry this week when Golden Horn aims to cap a memorable season at the Breeders’ Cup but Von Blucher can keep the wheels turning in the ebfstallions.com Maiden Stakes at Lingfield, writes Glendale.

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Sadie Babes is also worth chancing with in the catterickbridge.co.uk Novice Stakes after a promising debut when second to Furiant.

SELECTIONS

BANGOR

1.55 Norse Light

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2.30 Kingfisher Creek

3.00 Two Taffs

3.30 Gee Hi

4.00 Harry Hunt

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4.30 Kit Casey

CATTERICK

12.40 Sadie Babes

1.10 Card High

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1.40 Pea Shooter

2.15 Boots And Spurs

2.50 Rayadour

3.20 Suprise Vendor

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3.50 Pavers Star

4.20 Eland Ally

LINGFIELD

1.00 Arab Poet

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1.30 Von Blucher (nap)

2.05 Al’s Memory

2.40 Lady Rocka

3.10 Naizah

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3.40 Zubaidah

4.10 Activation

WOLVERHAMPTON

4.40 Sublimation

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5.10 Zain Time

5.40 Rock Steady

6.10 Berlusca

6.40 Important Point

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7.10 Forgiving Glance

7.40 We Are Ninety

DOUBLE

Von Blucher

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1.30 Lingfield

Sadie Babes

12.40 Catterick