Gordon Brown – Race Reporter
Gordon has a wealth of experience of racing through his background in the written and broadcast media. His current principle role is reporting and supporting the scene in Scotland on Racing TV and relaying the latest news with Scottish angles.
Paul Hanagan was the jockey in form at Ayr Racecourse on Monday afternoon when the track staged its first Flat meeting of 2022.
The former two time champion jockey rode a double initiated by Life OnThe Rocks, a 7-2 chance, for Richard Fahey in the 1m 2f handicap. Paul had to work hard to get the four year-old into the race but he eventually responded and stayed on inside the final furlong to win by a neck from Busby.
His second win came on Lampang for trainer Tim Easterby in the feature race of the day the Bet At raciungtv.com Handicap over six furlongs. Sent off at odds of 3-1 the top weight won rather cosily by a length and a quarter from Black Friday
Jim Goldie sent out the biggest priced winner of the day when Classy Al landed the Watch On Racing TV Handicap at huge odds of 22-1 for jcokey Ben Robinson. The gelding was winning for the first time on his eighth start and did it well powering home by a length and a quarter from Impressor.
At the other end of the scale the shortest priced winner was the Willie Haggas trained Post Impressionist who was sent off at 1-3 for the Maiden Stakes over a mile. He looked to be making hard work of it until Danny Tudhope pressed the button and he scooted clear inside the final furlong to win by three and a quarter lengths from Western Stars.
The horse’s breeder Henrietta Egan was in attendance and said : “I was over from Ireland on holiday in Inverness and decided to come and see him run and it was well worth it. I was well treated by the racecourse and the horse did it well.”