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Ayr: Darley finds welcome oasis in Sahara.

nKevin Darley had an eventful time on Saturday, but ended a long day well in credit with three winners taking his score to seven in less than 36 hours, writes Ray Gilpin.

The in-form Darley had completed a double at Carlisle before dashing to Pontefract, where he repeated the performance, and maintained the sequence with a brace at Ripon before flying to Ayr.

However, turbulent weather upset flight time calculations and he arrived too late to partner William Jarvis's Pepperdine in the opening six-furlong maiden. Steve Maloney deputised on the colt, who went under by just a head to Calcutta.

Darley explained: "There were very strong headwinds and it cost us at least a quarter of an hour flying time.

"We touched down at Prestwick at about 6.05pm but could not get to the course in time to be declared to ride, which we have to be a quarter of an hour before the race, which was at 6.25pm."

nTyrone Williams flew up with Darley and they were in good time to ride in the seller, in which they fought out a tremendous finish with Williams just coming out the better as Hanby held off Garnock Valley by a head.

Hanby, retained without a bid, is trained by Jim Goldie, who is enjoying his best season with 15 winners but was not present. He had travelled to Newbury, where his Pips Pride ran well, though unplaced, in the Weatherbys Super Sprint.

nHalf an hour later, Darley finished only third on Double Two in the nursery, but he did not have long to wait before recouping the plane expenses as he got the Paul Cole-trained Sahara home in front in the 10-furlong classified stakes.

Damien de Watrigant, Cole's assistant, enthused: "Kevin gave her a very good ride."

Sahara was an early present for Lord Lloyd-Webber, her owner-breeder, who was 50 yesterday.

nDarley had a favourite's chance of doubling up on Waiting Knight in the following mile maiden, but the Ben Hanbury-trained colt finished last of three to Spring Fever.

The jockey reported that his mount, whose best run had been on soft ground, was unsuited by the good surface this time.

nBarry Hills has been having a rather quiet time of it, but there were definite signs of a revival in the stable's fortunes as he trains Calcutta and Spring Fever, both of whom were well ridden by Paul Eddery. Coincidentally, both are by Indian Ridge.

Stan Willder, Hills's representative, commented: "Our horses have not been really firing for a while. They have been under a little cloud, but the guv'nor is quietly sorting things out."

nEddery must have felt he was going to complete a treble on Rebel County a furlong out in the nine-furlong handicap, but John Carroll conjured a tremendous run out of Somerton Boy to win a thrilling race by one and a quarter lengths.

Somerton Boy carries the colours of local owner Janis MacPherson. He is trained by Peter Calver, who said: "He is different class around here-this is his fifth course win.

nJack Berry who trains Garnock Valley, went one better when Perigeux followed up his Southwell success under Carl Lowther in the nursery handicap.

Berry was another who was on duty at Newbury before calling in at Warwick on the way home. He was represented by his wife, Jo, who said: "Perigeux is a lovely horse and is owned by former trainer Gerry Blum, his sister, Lilo, and Valerie Hubbard."

nMichael Fenton was another who arrived too late for his first mount of the evening, Globe Runner, who finished fifth in the seller.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Gilpin, Ray
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 20, 1998
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