Horse Racing: Weymes scoops Ayr double
Weymes is currently enjoying the best season of his career and has been a beneficiary of trainer Karl Burke's suspension.
Both Ursula, who won the Watch Live Racing At victorchandler.com Fillies' Handicap, and Frontline Girl, successful in the Play Poker At victorchandler.com Handicap, were trained by Burke in their younger days.
The victory of Ursula was obviously expected in some quarters as she was supported from 11-1 into 8-1 before beating Jeannie Galloway by a length and a half. "She just takes a few runs to hit her form and the strong pace helped her today," said Weymes.
"We thought she would have a good each-way chance and everything panned out right."
Frontline Girl was very impressive when quickening up down the centre of the track to beat Hosanna by three and three-quarter lengths. "Basically she missed most of last year and it's taken an age to get her cherry-ripe," said Weymes. "I was a little bit disappointed with her last time at Doncaster but she was down in grade today."
Another jockey in double form at Ayr was Tony Hamilton, who was the man to take advantage of Paul Hanagan's day on the sidelines on Richard Fahey's Bahamian Sunset (15-8 favourite) in the Bet At Victor Chandler On 08000 78 78 78 Median Auction Maiden Stakes. Third on her debut at Redcar, she had to work hard to get to the front but saw off the 33-1 chance Calypso Magic by three-quarters of a length, with 66-1 shot Point Du Jour half a length away in third.
Hamilton also scored on Linda Perratt's The Bear (6-1) in the Best Odds Guaranteed At Victor Chandler Handicap, despite having only run on Saturday night.
Bryan Smart's Don't Call Me looks to have a decent future after notching up his third win from just five starts in the Play Casino At victorchandler.com Handicap. The 13-8 favourite needed every yard of the mile to get into top gear under Tom Eaves and denied Weymes and Elliott a treble as Lord Raglan was second. Aidan O'Brien's son Joseph rode his first winner in Britain on Amy Weaver's Grams And Ounces (6-4 favourite) in the Bet Know At victorchandler.com Apprentice Handicap.
Hanagan, meanwhile, heads to Musselburgh tonight. He kicks off with Sensei in the toteplacepot Maiden Auction Stakes at 6.50 - one of five rides for the championship contender.