Ayr double for McDonald

Former jump jockey PJ McDonald returned to the scene of his biggest triumph over obstacles and walked away with a big-priced double courtesy of Tale Of Silver and Jim Martin at Ayr.

Former jump jockey PJ McDonald returned to the scene of his biggest triumph over obstacles and walked away with a big-priced double courtesy of Tale Of Silver and Jim Martin at Ayr.

McDonald partnered Hot Weld for his old boss Ferdy Murphy to win the Scottish Grand National in 2007 but now plies his trade on the level.

He wasted no time in riding out his claim and has struck up a fine partnership with North Yorkshire trainer Alan Swinbank, for whom he rode Tale Of Silver (9-2) to victory in the Neilson Binnie McKenzie EBF Novice Stakes.

Swinbank's assistant Bill Haigh said: "PJ rode the horse the way we had talked about beforehand, he is a very good jockey.

"That is it for the season for the horse now and hopefully he will go the right way next year, he has the right attitude."

McDonald completed his 445-1 brace when coaxing Linda Perratt's Jim Martin to a shock 80-1 success in the MacB Selling Stakes, with the 2-5 favourite She's Our Lass only third .

Perratt retained Jim Martin without a bid, but admitted: "He is a bit of a head case and I think PJ must have lost a stone in weight going to the start on him.

"Mind you I think Ken McGarrity who owns the horse backed him!"

Paul Hanagan borrowed some oversized wellington boots and walked the course before racing and his dedication to duty paid off when he rode the 15-8 favourite Kyllachy Star to victory in the Support The Ayrshire Hospice 01292 291 1960 Maiden Auction Maiden Stakes.

"The ground is heavy but safe and my fellow did it well - I could not have asked anything more of him," said Hanagan of the Richard Fahey-trained winner.

Kevin Ryan sent out his 71st winner of the season when Grimes Faith came out best under Neil Callan in the Bell Lawrie Investment Management Handicap, and none of those successes will have given him greater pleasure.

Ryan said: "That is great for the horse's owner Mrs Angie Bailey, she is a great friend of ours. We have been coming up to this meeting for five years and it is great to get them a winner here.

"You never know how a horse will go in this ground and he has a mind of his own, but he is a smashing horse and did it well."

Michael Bell's Allied Powers has been running most consistently this season and he gained his fourth success of the campaign in the hands of Micky Fenton in the featured McEwan's Ales Handicap.

Second at Doncaster last week when he caught a tartar, the three-year-old relishes the soft ground.

"He is a lovely horse and Michael said that if I kept things simple with him he should win," said Fenton.

Paul Mulrennan teamed up with Mick Channon to score with Grit (7-1) in the totesuper7 Handicap, after which the trainer's representative Brian O'Doherty said: "He ran at Musselburgh on Monday but the trip was too short and he was drawn badly."

David Nicholls' Keys Of Cyprus (7-2 joint-favourite) ran out a ready winner of the Unick Architects Handicap under the trainer's son Adrian.

"All credit to Ben Beasley and his wife Sue who have nursed the horse back to health and persuaded us to run him again this season," said the trainer.

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