Bunce proves nice little earner
A review of the action from Ayr on Monday, where Linda Perratt was delighted to be back in the winner's enclosure with Bunce.
Phillip Makin: Two winners at Ayr on Monday.
Linda Perratt is hoping it is a case of onwards and upwards for the rest of the campaign after Bunce (9/1) provided her with a welcome winner when getting the better of a thrilling conclusion to the Racing UK In Glorious HD Handicap at Ayr.
The evergreen eight-year-old, one of three runners in the in the five-furlong dash for Perratt, ensured she had something to smile about when edging out Catwilldo by a nose.
She said: "It was a hell of a finish. Where I was standing, I wasn't sure if he got it. He stuck his neck out and really tried.
"He was unlucky at Musselburgh three runs back, then next time there the ground was too quick and then he had a bad draw. The ground was right for him today and he got a strong pace which he needs.
"We had a bit of a virus and the horses are just taking time to come to themselves.
"We had 18 winners last year and we will probably struggle to match that as we've had a few injuries and not got some of the horses we had last year, but we will keep trying until the end."
Robinnielly backed up his win at Hamilton on his previous start when taking a step up in class in his stride to land the Follow Racing-UK On Twitter Handicap and complete a double on the day for trainer Keith Dalgleish and jockey Phillip Makin.
After taking the opening British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes with debutant Whatsthemessage (20/1), a win which was Makin's 50th of the year, the pair teamed up to good effect again in the mile-and-a-quarter prize with the 4/1 chance.
Dalgleish said of Robinnielly: "Phil got a nice pitch on him. He settled nicely, travelled well and battled hard in the end.
"The form of the Hamilton race has worked out quite well. He is a horse that has just needed that bit of time to click.
"I think a mile and a quarter is fine for the rest of this year. Next year you might think about stepping him up. I think we will probably come back for something at the Western meeting."
David O'Meara pointed to the softer conditions sparking a change in fortunes for Tadaany in the Racing UK HD On Sky432 Handicap.
The four-year-old gained a first win since joining his current connections from Dermot Weld when seeing out the mile trip well to hold the late charging Character Onesie by three-quarters of a length.
He said: "He appreciated the ground and he has won nicely. We are just getting to know him as he has not been with us that long.
"He likes a bit of cut in the ground. He ran okay at York in June, but he didn't quite get home that day. We will give it a few days then have a think where to go with him."
There was a first victory in England this season for County Tyrone handler Lee Smyth after Norville (15/2) flashed home in the Racing UK Handicap, while the Brian Ellison-trained Specialv (5/1) turned on the afterburners late on in the Racing UK Profits Returned to Racing Handicap to collar Aprovado by half a length.
Miningrocks (5/1) from the yard of Declan Carroll made all to take a length-and-three-quarters success in the second division of the Racing UK Day Pass Just £10 Handicap, while the first division of the mile-and-a-quarter event went the way of the Wilf Storey-trained Highway Robber (12/1).