Good things come in threes for Borders coaches at Ayr Races today

Spittal-on-Rule horse trainer Paul Robson (Picture: Bill McBurnie)

Selkirk’s Coltherd was the first winner of the day in the South Ayrshire region.

His jockey son Sam rode 10-year-old bay gelding Ard Chros to victory in the 2:30 p.m. Virgin Bet Handicap Chase, beating eight other racers including Mymilan, Kelso’s trainer Sandy Thomson to win his top prize of £4,684.

Coltherd Jnr was also first after the post in the following race, the 3.05pm Virgin Bet free bets for Winners Handicap Chase, on Ardera Cross for South Lanarkshire manager Willie Young Jnr, with Thomson’s Seemorelights, ridden by Edward Austin, finishing second.

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Hawick’s Whillans was the Borders’ second winning coach of the day, with Stolen Money in the 3.40pm Virgin Bet Handicap Hurdle.

Ridden by Hawick jockey Craig Nichol, the seven-year-old bay gelding, owned by Whillans, beat six other finishers including Stoney Rover, trained by Thomson and ridden by son-in-law Ryan Mania, to pick up £4,248 in prize money .

Nichol was also in the saddle for the third and final victory of the day for the competing Borders coaches.

He rode Just Don’t Know, a nine-year-old bay gelding owned by Border Caravans, near Jedburgh, to Spittal-on-Rule trainer Robson’s victory in the Virgin Bet Fives Handicap Chase at 4.15pm, winning its first prize of £2,818. .

Not only was this former jockey Robson’s third victory since his debut as a trainer, but the other two top 3 spots also went to Borderers, Shaka the King, trained by Thomson and ridden by Mania, being runners-up and the Coltherds’ To the Limit finished third.

Robson was thrilled to see another of the 17 horses he trains win, telling us, “To be honest, I get a lot more pleasure from training horses than I have ever had from riding them.

“It was fantastic, and winning is great for the horses and it’s a reward for all the work they put in and we put in.

“Just Don’t Know is such a character too. He basically tells us when he’s ready to race rather than the other way around and we know he’s going to have a good race.

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