By RYAN McDOUGALL
With the first three races completed at Ayr Racecourse today, let’s have a look at the results so far:
Jockey Stephen Mulqueen and horse Progress Drive 1/2 favourite won the 12.10pm Racing UK Now in HD! Novices Hurdle.
Stephen Mulqueen’s previous victory at Ayr was with Bering Upsun, also at Ayr Racecourse.
The five-year-old horse was closely seconded by Brian Harding and King of Fashion 66/1, followed by Craig Nichol’s Elusive Theatre 9/2 in third place.
Brian Hughes and Daytripper 7/4 favourite came first in the 12.40pm Watch Racing UK In HD’s Handicap Hurdle (Div one) at 5m 9.90s.
Hughes proved Ayr Racecourse head of PR and Racing Post columnist Iain Ferguson’s expectations right. Iain had previously said he believes “Hughes will bring the money” due to his three wins at Kelso yesterday.
Brian Harding and Massini’s Lady followed in second place at 8/1, leaving him runner-up twice already today.
Sean Quinlan and Snowed In finished in third place at 11/2.
With Richard Johnson currently in first place, Hughes is second in The Stobart Jump Jockeys Championship 2016/17 with 72 wins to 404 rides.
Callum Bewley and Lochalsh 10/1 won the 1.15pm second division Watch Racing UK In HD’s Handicap Hurdle at 5m 1.70s.
Following this was Brian Harding and Pretty Miss Mahler 8/1.
Brian Hughes and Dutch Canyon came third at 13/2.
Callum Bewley also raced at Kelso yesterday.
Updates to follow.