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Aspen Darlin takes 2008 Firth Of Clyde Stakes at Ayr

Aspen Darlin takes the Firth Of Clyde Stakes at Ayr for trainer Alan Bailey

  PICTURE: John Grossick  

Aspen Darlin storms to Group glory at Ayr

REPORT: AYR, Saturday

THAT'S how to keep the rent down - Alan Bailey should be safe from a rise for awhile at least after winning the Group 3 Firth Of Clyde Stakes with bargain buy Aspen Darlin.

For the trainer's Newmarket landlords Julian Smith and Peter Gleeson are the principal partners in the Indian Haven Syndicate which owns the filly, who was picked up for just €10,000 as a yearling but took her earnings beyond £70,000 with a clear-cut success.

However it was one that got away for Micky Fenton, who had been on board when the two-year-old lifted a conditions event at Chester three weeks ago but was not free to maintain the partnership, Jimmy Quinn taking over as she powered home three and a quarter lengths clear of Sneak Preview.

"I feel very sorryfor Micky as he had to go to Catterick and they wouldn't let him off," said Bailey, who had been eyeing this Laundry Cottage Stud-backed contest for a while.

"I have had this race in mind all season. It is a race I like - I hadthe second one year for Terry Ramsden who had £100,000 going to it after Not So Silly won the Ayr Gold Cup."

Aspen Darlin had finished eighth in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot on her only previous try inpattern company but Bailey said: "Johnny Murtagh said everything thing went wrong that day and she was growing at Ascot time, she was a little pony.

"I couldn't see her being out of the frame today, though I couldn't see her winning like that. She could go to Ireland next for a Group 3 race. But she goes to the Newmarket sales at the end of the season as part of her owners' agreement."

Paul Blockley is eyeing a Group 3 race at Gowran Parknext Saturday for mudlark Lady Deauville, who gained a third win in four starts when taking the Listed Doonside Cup by a ready length and three-quarters.                       

"I was disappointed with her last time but she had missed a couple of races and she was too fresh. She settled well today," said the trainer, who has a Group 1 1m2f fillies' and mares' race in Rome in mind as an autumn target if the ground is right.

Rising Prospect earned a reprieve from the vet's knife by coming from off the pace for an authoritative two-and-three-quarter-length triumph in the nursery under Eddie Ahern.

"We brought him here to decide whether we should geldhim," owner/breeder Geoff Turnbull said of the Derby entry. "There is not a cat in hell's chance he will be gelded now - I did it with Macorville and I have regretted it ever since.

"We have got the tactics wrong previously. Jimmy Fortune rode him at Doncaster and said we should hold him in and Eddie rode a fantastic race today.

"I have always thought he was a bit special and he is going to be a super three-year-old."

Hurdling beckons for Bolodenka, who landed a first Flat success of the season in the £42,000 Ayshire Handicap, scoring by two and a half lengths under Paul Hanagan.

"We have always been going to go jumping with him and it could be this winter," said trainerRichard Fahey.

"We took him to Galway but he was balloted out of two hurdle races.

"You are always worried when the ground is that bad but that was grand and fair dos to Ayr, there was good money in that race."

Frederick Tylicki was banned for three days (October 8-10) for careless riding on the winner's third-placed stable-companion Benandonner.

Star performance
Ayr Gold Cup debutant William Carson and old hand David Nicholls proved an unbeatable combination.

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