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Roberts lands 233-1 treble in last three races at Ayr; RACING.

MICHAEL ROBERTS, making only his second visit of the year to Scottish track Ayr, completed a 233 -1 hat-trick on Charming Lotte, Live To Tell and Island House in the final three races of the afternoon.

Roberts, 11 times champion in South Africa, took the jockey's title in Britain in 1992 with 206 winners and this visit brought back good memories for him.

He recalled: ''When I first came to Britain in 1978, I rode my first winner over here at Ayr on Daniel Wildenstein's Pakha who was trained by Gavin Hunter.

''Things are going pretty well still, and I hope Balisada runs in the Challenge stakes at Newmarket on Saturday, she is in very good form and the ground was too soft for her at Ascot last time.''

Charming Lotte was a second winner for trainer Peter Shakespeare in the nursery, the filly showing a splendid turn of foot to get on top and open her account at the seventh attempt.

Shakespeare was assistant to Paul Cole for three years before taking out a licence two years ago and he said: ''We have not had a lot of ammunition yet really, we had only four to run on the Flat last year and five this time.

''I told Michael she would run really well and we will look for a step up in class now there are a couple of nice nurseries at Newmarket.''

Like Shakespeare, Malcolm Saunders who made the 748 miles round trip from Haydon in Somerset, was also saddling his first winner on the course when Live To Tell took the three-year-old sprint in convincing fashion.

Saunders said: ''Michael gave her a smashing ride, he is a real pro and when you employ at top jockey this is what they do for you.''

The trainer also had news of another of his stable's speed merchants, adding: ''Repertory is in good form and will run in a Group 3 race at Longchamps on October 24.''

Geoff Wragg's Island House completed the Roberts three-timer in the mile condition stakes, and he added: ''I came up here initially to ride this one and I was lucky enough to pick up two other winning rides to make it a good day.''

The odds on Triple Dash was very disappointing, and George Duffield said: ''It wasn't the ground, he just seems to have lost his form.''
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 12, 1999
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