Resurgent Rathlin scores at Ayr
Masters Of The Hall’s Rathlin (11/2) relished the drop to the minimum trip as he beat Monbeg River by four lengths in the hands of the excellent Fin O’Toole at Ayr this afternoon.
The classy eleven year old, a Grade 2 winner in Ireland as a novice chaser, was tackling two miles for only the fourth time since his hurdling days and he raced with bags of enthusiasm off his lowest ever handicap mark before going on just before the last and comfortably holding the favourite at bay by four lengths.
Rathlin stopped to nothing after travelling really strongly for the first circuit at Wetherby last time, we thought he was well worth a try over a shorter trip after that and the way he won today opens up loads more options for him, he’s not had that many races for a horse of his age and he ought to give his owners, including BHA chief executive Nick Rust, some good times over the coming months!
This was the ninth win of Rathlin’s career, seven of which have come over fences, but it was the first time he’s come home in front since July 2013 and we’re just really thrilled to have given him the chance to get back into the winner’s enclsoure, he’s such a lovely horse, a pleasure to train and it’s brilliant to have him in the yard.
Young 7lb claimer Fin (right) is making a massive impression, particularly in chases, and this was his tenth winner over the larger obstacles from just 57 rides.