Ayrad triumph highlights Salisbury treble for Andrea Atzeni

Wed 4 Oct 2017

By Racinguk.com staff

Ayrad completed a treble on the afternoon for jockey Andrea Atzeni when dominating his rivals in the Weatherbys General Stud Book Online Handicap at Salisbury.

Just four runners went to post for the feature event in Wiltshire, with the Roger Charlton-trained Ayrad a 4-1 shot under top weight.

Atzeni sent the six-year-old straight to the lead and while 5-4 favourite Almoreb travelled smoothly into contention, Charlton's charge found another gear inside the final furlong of the mile-and-a-quarter contest to score by four and a half lengths.

The Italian-born rider had got the day off to a flying start aboard Ace Ventura in the PKF Francis Clark EBF Novice Stakes, but odds-on backers were made to sweat.

Roger Varian's 8-11 favourite was all out to hold Mandalayan at bay by a head, with Regular Income a close-up third.

Varian said: "Ace Ventura is by a sprinter in Mayson, but he certainly improved with age, and he is a half-brother to Alessandro Volta, who finished fourth in the Irish Derby, so you would think the best is yet to come.

"His physical make-up would reflect that as well and he will be a lovely horse as a three-year-old."

Varian and Atzeni swiftly doubled up in more straightforward fashion as Jamil (4-1) passed the post a shade over two lengths clear of Dance Emperor to make a successful debut in the Become A Wiltshire Freemason EBF Novice Stakes.

"Jamil has worked nicely and he was ready to make a start, although this was quite a taking performance first time out," the trainer told his website, www.varianstable.com.

"The race possibly fell apart a little, but he was far superior to his rivals and he, too, should make-up into a very nice horse next year."

Trainer David Evans and champion jockey Jim Crowley combined to land the Bathwick Tyres Conditions Stakes with 15-2 shot Mr Top Hat.

John Spearing's Clear Spring was a 6-1 winner of the Corintech Ruby Anniversary Handicap under Shane Kelly, while the concluding Bathwick Tyres Handicap went to 14-1 shot Quothquan, trained by Michael Madgwick and ridden by apprentice George Wood.

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