Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Following in Dad's Footsteps

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Following in Dad's Footsteps

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A FAMOUS racing name got on the scoresheet at Ayr as Aidan O'Brien's son Joseph rode his first winner in Britain on Amy Weaver's Grams And Ounces in the Bet Know At Apprentice Handicap.

O'Brien Jnr has rapidly developed into an accomplished young pilot and had a straightforward success on the 6-4 favourite, leading three furlongs out and easing down for a length and three-quarters success over Electric City.

John Weymes and Andrew Elliott combined to bring up an 80-1 double courtesy of Ursula and Frontline Girl.

Weymes is currently enjoying the best season of his career and has been a beneficiary of trainer Karl Burke's suspension.

Both Ursula, who won the Watch Live Racing At Fillies' Handicap, and Frontline Girl, successful in the Play Poker At Handicap, were trained by Burke in their younger days.

The victory of Ursula was obviously expected in some quarters as she was supported from 11-1 into 8-1 before beating Jeannie Galloway by a length and a half.

''She just takes a few runs to hit her form and the strong pace helped her today,'' said Weymes. ''We thought she would have a good each-way chance and everything panned out right.'' Elliott added: ''She's suited by a strong pace, she comes from off the pace, she did that at Doncaster when she won. She could have done with a bit more cut in the ground but she's done it nicely.'' Frontline Girl was very impressive when quickening up down the centre of the track to beat Hosanna by three and three-quarter lengths.

''She missed most of last year and it's taken an age to get her cherry-ripe,'' said Weymes. ''I was a little bit disappointed with her last time at Doncaster but she was down in grade today.

''I've had a treble before today a few years ago, but hopefully we are on target to break our best tally.'' Another jockey in double form was Tony Hamilton, taking advantage of Paul Hanagan's day on the sidelines on Richard Fahey's Bahamian Sunset (15-8 favourite) in the Bet At Victor Chandler On 08000 78 78 78 Median Auction Maiden Stakes. Third on her debut at Redcar, she had to work hard to get to the front but saw off 33-1 chance Calypso Magic by three-quarters of a length, with 66-1 shot Point Du Jour half a length away in third. …

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