Goldie's winning touch at Ayr
Last Updated: 01/10/13 6:41pm
David O'Meara: On the mark at Ayr
Jim Goldie maintained his fine record at Ayr this season by notching his 15th and 16th winners at the Scottish venue through Compton Heights and Grand Diamond.
Compton Heights (9/1) was a maiden prior to the RBS Mentor Handicap but he always looked like collecting under Graham Lee.
And though Richard Fahey's Khelman finished fast into second, he was still a length and a quarter down at the line.
"I think we've been trying to be too clever with him," said Goldie. "He's quite a nervy horse and we've been running him in a hood to get him to relax and settle.
"But it wasn't working, so we took the hood off and just let him run and he did it well.
"I think he can build on this as he's got the physique and scope to be a nice horse if we can just sort his breathing and all the rest of it. He'll probably run again (this season).
"He likes decent ground so we're lucky to be running on it on October 1."
Grand Diamond (12/1) won the Debra Charity Handicap in the hands of young Jordan Nason, who has a good strike-rate when riding for Goldie.
"We've had a good year here," Goldie told Racing UK.
"We had some near-misses at the Western meeting, but most of our targets ended up in the winner's enclosure. As it's our local track, it's good to perform here."