Gordonsville strikes for Goldie

  • Last Updated: October 15 2012, 17:43 BST

Jim Goldie maintained his strangle-hold in the Willie Park Trophy when 7/1 shot Gordonsville landed Musselburgh's two-mile feature for the second time in three years.

Jim Goldie: Won with Gordonsville

The Renfrewshire trainer, who also had the one, two, three in the corresponding race 12 months ago, saw his veteran touch off Come Here Yew by a neck with stable mate Jonny Delta two-lengths back in third place.

Goldie said: "He had a bit too much use made of him last time at Newmarket but he was a really god second in this ground at Thirsk the time before. This is a career-best effort in his ripe-old and he's an old superstar. He's entered at the sales at Doncaster shortly but I'm not sure if he'll go now."

The other main event of Scotland's final Flat card of the year, the Batleys Scotland Handicap, went to Mark Johnston-trained 18/1 chance Kingscroft ridden by Joe Fanning.

"The strong pace helped and he's won well," Fanning said. He's slowly been coming back to himself and he was a good old servant to the yard the season before last."

Linda Perratt's hot-streak continued when she saddled her fourth winners in a fortnight courtesy of 40/1 outsider Weetentherty in the M & F Funeral Services Handicap.

William Haggas took his course strike-rate to 33% after Leitrim Pass, also owned by the Newmarket trainer, landed the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing with Phillip Makin doing the steering on the 10/11 favourite.

Goldie later won the second division of the BestPets Handicap with Rothesay Chancer, who came with a wet sail under Graham Lee.

The first division went the way of the Barry McHugh-ridden Phoenix Clubs (12-1).

Another Scottish-trained winner but was Linda Perratt's Weetentherty, who rattled home at 40-1 in the M&F Funeral Services Handicap.

The Alan Berry-trained Jordaura defied top weight in the Drinks Direct At Batleys Selling Handicap under Robert Winston.

"He only ran at Ayr the other day but he does like to get his toe in and it just seemed to fall right for him," Berry told Racing UK.

"Once he started passing tired horses he seemed to enjoy it. Normally he doesn't really want work but it was handed to him on a plate.

"He did it well, Robert gave him a good ride. He's in a ladies' race at Redcar (on Friday) but that might be being greedy as he's already near the top of the handicap. He's shown form on the all-weather so that's where we might go."


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