Wednesday 13 December 2017

Ayr raid joy for Crawford and Wilson

Thomas Kelly

TWO Co Antrim trainers plundered prize money across the water yesterday as both Roy Wilson and Stuart Crawford were on the mark at Ayr.

Larne-based Wilson plans to "aim for the stars" with his Yes Tom following the gelding's impressive first victory over fences in the novice chase.

Having run third in a good race at Down Royal before falling at Gowran Park, the well-supported 7/4 favourite made it third time lucky over the larger obstacles as he produced a fine display to give Paddy Brennan his 50th winner of the campaign by seven lengths.

"He's young, we know he's very talented and we're going to mind him," said Wilson.

"We'll probably come back here in two weeks for a similar race. We'll aim for the stars and see where we end up. We have a good strike-rate in Ayr and it helps being so close to the boat."

The other successful raider was Crawford's Young Palm, which upset Donald McCain's odds-on favourite Howaboutnow in the closing bumper. Crawford, also based near Larne, was pleased to see brother Steven steer the 5/1 shot home up the straight.

However, McCain and Jason Maguire did land a double at the meeting, courtesy of Lexi's Boy (5/2) in the maiden hurdle and Total Rebellion (16/1) in the novice handicap hurdle.

Irish Independent

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