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Evergreen and consistent Beckermet does his connections proud yet again.

Byline: Ayr Colin Russell

WHAT a star. Nine-year-old Beckermet, having his 108th race, landed the 6f handicap in the hands of PJ McDonald, his ninth success. He has netted nearly pounds 225,000 in prize-money.

He began life with Roger Fisher and was bought by David Chapman in May of last year, and has had a memorable 2011, with two wins and seven places.

He is now trained by Chapman's granddaughter Ruth Carr, who said: "He has been a wonderful horse, he's so consistent. He has problems with his feet and credit goes to my brother Richard, who is our blacksmith and comes in to stick his shoes on for us.

"Dougie Renton has bought into him and he's a lucky owner, and he gave him to his wife and friends, hence the names of his owners, the Shopping, Shoes and Champers Partnership."

Scooby wins twice in two days It's been a memorable few days for the Richard Whitaker-trained Captain Scooby, who completed a nine-day three-timer when taking the 5f handicap in the hands of Amy Ryan.

He was carrying the welter burden of 10st 4lb, less his rider's 3lb claim, having earned another 6lb penalty for his win at Hamilton on Monday.

"He loves the ground and I'm lucky to have him," said his owner/breeder Paul Davies.

Dare To Dance lands odds The most interesting horse on the card was the Jeremy Noseda-trained Dare To Dance in the 1m2f handicap, the threesaid: year-old having been favourite for last Saturday's Cambridgeshire until pulled out on account of the fast ground.

Needless to say this was a much easier race and he was sent off at 8-15 to make it three wins in a row. Ultimately he landed the odds in good style, but he was on and off the bridle until asserting with two furlongs to run.

His rider Paul Hanagan said: "He's still a bit of a baby, the penny hasn't really dropped with him yet. He'll stay further."

Eaves kicks off with a double Tom Eaves landed the opening two races, teaming up with trainer John Quinn to win the nursery with the 14-1 shot Red Tyke and following up on the 4-7 chance Mistress Of Rome in the juvenile maiden.

Graham Gray, representing Quinn, "He hadn't shown a great deal and the longer trip clearly suited him. I'm delighted for his owners, Samantha and Timothy Wood."

It proved tough for Mistress Of Rome, for Eaves was hard at work on her from an early stage. But she stayed on to score by two and a half lengths for trainer Michael Dods and owner Kevin Kirkup.

Emeralds dazzles once again Emeralds Spirit, who won the 7f handicap on the card last season, landed the 1m handicap for apprentices this time, to give rider Justin Newman his 13th success of the campaign.

The filly is owned by Trevor Scothern and trained for him by John Weymes, who said: "We debated which race to go for but we had the best rider in this one, so that swung it."

CHEPSTOW MANAGERS GET ON THEIR BIKES Racegoers at Chepstow could be forgiven for not recognising the course's executive director Richard Holland as the new slimline version of him stood in the paddock. Explaining the new lithe look, Holland said: "I've lost two stone in my training for a sponsored bike ride from London to Paris that took place last weekend. You might be surprised to know that I completed the course along with our MD Tony Kelly and clerk of the course Keith Ottesen."

BURROWS LOST Racing at Sedgefield was delayed for treatment to Big Burrows, who fell two ut in the 2m4f handicap chase but sadly could not be saved. Jockey Wilson Renwick, who returned from injury only last week, gave up a later ride after a fall in the same race but was not thought to be badly hurt.

FIXTURE MIX-UP According to the official racecard at Ayr, they not only know their fixtures for 2012 but are staging jump racing at their two fixtures in June. A misprint perhaps? AYR CONDITIONED Emeralds Spirit clearly likes Ayr in September because she won at the same fixture 12 months ago.

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Wonderful: Beckermet (right) scores on his 108th start
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Date:Sep 28, 2011
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