DOUBLE UP ON FIRST DAY OF AYR

It was great to get the Ayr Western meeting off to a good start with a double. Eva Maria overcame a bad draw to win really nicely for Bill and Tim Gredley. She was held up by jockey Paul Hanagan and made headway on the outside entering the final two furlongs. They edged left and lead inside the final furlong and stayed on strongly to win by a length.

Militia then won for Middleham Park Racing. He was always prominent on the far side and was pushed along a furlong from home. He took up the lead and stayed on well to win by a length-and-a-quarter.