Ayr Of Elegance has not had any good fortune at Lingfield
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By David Baxter 8:46PM 9 AUG 2016
OWNER Bill Davis is unlikely to be buying any lottery tickets soon, as his, and Ayr Of Elegance’s, luckless run continued at Lingfield on Tuesday evening.
Davis, 86, thought the four-year-old filly had given him his first winner in more than 20 years when she was awarded a race at the track in May having been beaten a nose.
However, that victory was taken away again when connections of the winner Onorina successfully appealed the verdict at an inquiry.
Nose for trouble
Back at the course for a 2m handicap, Ayr Of Elegance was the 11-4 joint-favourite, but at first glance it appeared her chances had been ruined by a stalls malfunction which left her trailing the field.
However, following interviews with trainer Philip Hide, jockey George Baker and starter James Stenning, it transpired Ayr Of Elegance had wedged her nose in the grill of the stall, which stopped it from opening.
Stenning said: “As I’ve effected the start Ayr Of Elegance anticipated it, and as the stalls opened the horse has had her nose wedged between the rails (the vertical bars in the upper part of one side of the gate), so as the gate opened it actually pulled it back on itself.
“From where I was I was happy that the gates had opened correctly, and so it wasn’t a stalls malfunction and therefore not a false start. It’s never happened to me before but it’s not unheard of.”
No luck for punters either
Confusion reigned in the immediate aftermath of the race, with punters advised to hold on to their tickets while it was determined whether Ayr Of Elegance was classed as a runner, having been quickly pulled up by Baker who was concerned that she may have suffered an injury.
The stewards deemed that she was a starter, and therefore those who backed her were not entitled to a return of their stake though some bookmakers including BetVictor and BoyleSports offered refunds as goodwill gestures.
Last October Mossgo got his nose stuck in the stalls at Chelmsford, and like Ayr Of Elegance was pulled up and classed as a runner.