by Chris Simpson

Bright sunshine welcomed race goers to Ayr Racecourse for the Eglington, Lanark and Renfrew Point to Point races.

Unfortunately the uninterrupted sunshine resulted in firm going and a scarcity of runners. The seven races attracted a total of only 20 horses.

The first race produced an exciting finish between Tursal and Westie who took turns at leading on the final circuit. After jumping the last Tursal ran on well for Rupert Trotter to win by Ĺ length thus gaining revenge for being beaten by Westie in this race last year.

Just Barney Boy was a fortunate winner of the next race as his solitary rival, Harleyburn, went lame approaching 4 out. He had just quickened clear and apparently had the race at his mercy

The Ladies open was won by Pharmistice who scored a comfortable victory over Harden Glen.  Their task was made easier as market rival Balisteros was pulled up with just under a circuit to go following an uncharacteristic jumping error at the 10th fence.

Only 2 runners contested the Menís open which was won by Boyup Brook who stayed on strongly from 2 out beat Alsina after the pair had raced together for most of the race.

Again 2 runners contested the next race which developed into a sprint from 2 out.  The Timberman, ridden by Ran Morgan held on by Ĺ length from Jupiter Jo in a driving finish.

5 runners went to post for the 2 mile 5 furlong maiden but were soon reduced to 2.  First Capybara unshipped his rider at the start then Astro Moods and the favorite Jojo refused at the second fence. Of the two that remained Jamie Brown ridden by James Thompson scored a comfortable 6 lengths victory over Queen of Araghty who was completing the course for the first time in points, There may be better to come from the mare if she can improve her jumping.

Confusion reigned before the last race with the starter going to the 2-mile5 start (as indicated on the race card) and the 2 runners going to the 3 mile start  (the actual distance). As it happened it didnít make a lot of difference as Kariba Dream refused at the third fence. This allowed Dream Angel to have little more than an exercise canter in finishing alone. This easy success could be important for jockey Chris Gillon as he is challenging for the national novice ridersí championship.

Next weeks meeting is the Fife at Balcormo Mains near Leven on Saturday 26th April, first race 2.00.p.m.




1st Tursal

R. Trotter


2nd Westie

R. Morgan

4/6 Fav.

3rd Poppers

N. Sanderson


Dist. 0.5 lengths & Dist.

4 Ran






1st Just Barney Boy

G. Thomas








Dist. Fin. Alone

2 Ran



Ladies Open



1st Pharmistice

N. Sterling


2nd Harden Glen

J. Riding


Only 2 finished



Dist. 5 lengths

3 Ran



Mens Open



1st Boyup Brook

T. Morrison


2nd Alsina

J. Innes

4/6 Fav.




Dist. 8 lengths

2 Ran






1st The Timberman

R. Morgan


2nd Jupiter Jo

J. Walton

4/7 Fav.




Dist.0.5 length

2 Ran



Maiden 2mile 5 Furlong



1st Jamie Brown

J. Thompson


2nd Queen Of Araghty

G. Thomas


Only 2 finished



Dist. 6 lengths

5 Ran



Maiden 3 Miles



1st Dream Angel

C. Gillon

4/7 Fav.







Dist. Fin. Alone

2 Ran