Roses set to strike nearer home

Edward Lynam will look at targets in Ireland for Free Roses after making the journey over to Ayr pay off with victory in the Listed EBF Land O’Burns Fillies’ Stakes.

Edward Lynam will look at targets in Ireland for Free Roses after making the journey over to Ayr pay off with victory in the Listed EBF Land O’Burns Fillies’ Stakes.

Fran Berry’s mount quickened in good style to take up the running inside the final furlong and ran right to the line to beat Clear Impression by a length, with Bowness a similar margin away in third place.

“She is entered in the sales but I don’t think she will go now she has got some black type and we may run her in a valuable handicap at the Curragh on Oaks weekend and we will also have a look at the Flying Five,” Lynam said.

“She has been running over six furlongs and hasn’t quite been getting home, so we dropped her back to five and she has done it well.”

Lynam, who is based five miles from Fairyhouse, trains the 7-2 winner for Lady O’Reilly and he added: “Lady O’Reilly has had a lot of good horses including Red Feather, who beat One Cool Cat at the Curragh, and she is a great lady to train for.”

Jim Goldie continues to coax improvement out of Yorkshire Blue, who made it three wins from his last four outings when defying top weight under apprentice Danny Tudhope in the West Sound Handicap.

The 9-4 favourite struck the front over a furlong and went on to beat Prospect Court by one and a half lengths, with Newsround a further length away in third.

His previous wins this term were gained at Hamilton, where he came form a long way back to get up close home, and Goldie said: “He is not a slow starter, he just does not like coming down the hill, but he has still managed to win and a flat track like today’s suits him all right.

“He is in the John Smith’s Scottish Stewards’ Cup at Hamilton on Friday, I don’t think he will get in but if he does he will run, it is a valuable race.”

Goldie completed a double when 15-2 chance Compton Classic, ridden by Michelle Mullineaux, won the concluding Anthea Morshead “Good Luck” From Ayr Racecourse Amateur Riders Handicap.

Mark Johnston’s horses are in good heart and Frosty Night justified plenty of stable confidence to win the Irvine Herald Median Auction Maiden Stakes in fine style, initiating a double for Joe Fanning, who 35 minutes later brought the Mick Channon-trained Noble Nova home in front in the Ayrshire Post Handicap.

There was a cracking finish to the Kilmarnock Handicap with that grand old campaigner Donna’s Double (10-1) running for the 124th time and gaining his 13th success, this time in the hands of Tony Hamilton.

Winning trainer Karen McLintock said: “That is a relief, I brought four horses up and it would have been awful to go back home without a winner so the old boy has pulled us out again.

“I ride him out nearly every day and he tells me when he is right and when he is not – we will run until he tells us he doesn’t want to and then he will have a happy retirement with me.”

Primo Way (9-1) was another to defy top weight, taking the Ladies Night On Saturday 12 August Handicap to initiate a double for Hamilton.

He is another who could make a quick reappearance at Hamilton on Friday evening.

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