Classic takes Bronze medal at Ayr

Classic Seniority showed who was boss in the William Hill Bronze Cup Handicap at Ayr to land an emotional success for owner Stephen Woodall.

It was a fitting triumph as the four-year-old gelding, trained by Marjorie Fife, used to belong to his brother Derek, who died earlier this year.

Woodall admitted feeling pessimistic about the chances of Classic Seniority before the six-furlong cavalry charge.

"I thought the ground would be too soft for him and the distance too sharp," he said.

"This horse was owned by my brother, who died two months ago. It was his dream and I'm so thrilled.

"I'm his executor and I'm winding up his affairs. This is all for him."

Drawn in stall five, Classic Seniority (20-1), who was defying a penalty for winning at Chester a week earlier, came through strongly towards the far side of the course to land the prize in the hands of Danny Tudhope.

Fendale was half a length back in second place with Khelman another length and three-quarters away in third.

Duke Cosimo, who was backed down to 10-1 from 25-1, was fourth after being switched from the stands side to the other side of the course.

"I'm over the moon. We had three horses in there, so one of them had to win," North Yorkshire-based Fife told Racing UK.

"Best Trip was an absolute saint. He got out there and took up the running and set the pace, so he's part of it.

"Classic Seniority got on the outside, so he wasn't bothered by other horses and I think the cheekpieces helped him.

"We turn him out in the grass fields and let him play. You need to let them out and be horses by sending them out in a field with others."

Clem Fandango gained reward for her consistency when taking Listed honours in the Shadwell Stud/EBF Stallions Harry Rosebery Stakes.

Third behind speedsters Lady Aurelia and Mrs Danvers in the Queen Mary Stakes and Weatherbys Super Sprint, Keith Dalgleish's filly put these rivals in their place in no uncertain manner.

After the Richard Hannon-trained pair of Blue Suede and Northern Thunder had helped set the pace, Phillip Makin brought the easy-travelling Clem Fandango (11-4 favourite) into contention at the business end.

She showed a terrific turn of foot to put the race to bed in a matter of strides over a furlong out, having three and a quarter lengths to spare over Angel Meadow.

Dalgleish said: "She's a star. We've been hard on her this year and we've freshened her up since the Lowther and she has come alive today. She really enjoyed the ground.

"She had the form to do what she did today.

"I definitely think she'll train on and I'm looking forward to next year. I think that will be it for this year."

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