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.
Gordon Elliott wrote his name into the history books at Ayr Racecourse yesterday when saddling his 2,000th winner in the UK and Ireland when Ted Hastings, the 13-8 favourite, won the opening maiden hurdle with Sean Bowen riding.
The delighted Irishman said afterwards : “I had my first winner at Perth on 2006 and now I’ve had my 2,000th at Ayr so Scotland has been good to me. A lot of the credit has to go to the team back home.
“It’s great to reach this landmark and there have been some tremendous achievements. To be in top five all time Cheltenham, winners, to have trained three Grand National winners – I just love training winners.
“And as I say to achieve this is Scotland is special – the courses here especially Ayr know how to treat owners and trainers.”
Elliott enjoyed a second win on the day when Hollymount, 2-9 favourite, won the Visit Irish Store Sales With ITM Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle which also gave jockey Sean Bowen a double.
And Welsh trainer Tim Vaughan also saddled two winners making the 770 mile round trip from the Vale of Glamorgan pay off. Isle Of Aron, 3-1, landed Division One of the two mile four furlongs handicap hurdle while Bells Of Stamford, 16-5 favourite, won the second division. Both horses were ridden by Alan Johns.
And the third trainer to score a double on the afternoon was Borders based Sandy Thomson whose Stoney Rover, 3-1 co favourite, won the three mile handicap hurdle to be followed by Brotherly Company, 12-1, winning the two mile four furlong handicap chase. Ryan Mania was in the saddle on both.
The last race was won by 40-1 shot Picks Lad, trained by Micky Hammond and ridden by Craig Nichol. And this meant there were winners from Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales on the day.