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I REMEMBER backing a winner at Ayr called Ilya Kyriakin, based on the popular TV series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Details please.

J Anderson,Alloa Ilya Kyriakin won the Dumfries Handicap at Ayr on July 18 1967. Trained by Arthur Thomas at Warwick, the three-year-old also won that season at Edinburgh and, unconventionally, at the Deauville festival in August.

*** OWNER Sandy Struthers had a very good horse in the sixties called Mount Athos which was placed in the Derby. Was it trained by Nigel Angus as a two-year-old?

J Mackie, Kilmarnock Mount Athos was trained by John Dunlop when chasing home Sir Ivor and Connaught in the high-class 1968 Derby. He was trained at Cree Lodge by Harry Whiteman as a two-year-old and scored under Val Faggotter at 10-1 on his debut at Ayr before following up at Newcastle. He lost his next two races and was transferred to Dunlop. Apart from his Epsom third, Mount Athos easily won the Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and the Princess of Wales's Stakes at Newmarket before flopping in the St Leger. He had started off in the Spring winning handicaps at Nottingham and Newcastle so perhaps he was feeling the effects of a long, arduous season.

FOR years I've followed Richard Hannon. Am I right in thinking his dad was a trainer in Ireland? Auld Timer,Port Glasgow His father, Henry, rode but never trained in Ireland. He came over to Britain to ride for George Poole, trainer of the 1921 Grand National winner Shaun Spadah. Henry became a trainer in Britain after a bad fall and there's a good story how he got his first horse. On leaving hospital Henry felt like a drink to lift his spirits. He shared more tham a few pints with this guy, bought a horse and forgot all about it. The next morning he was wondering where all his money had gone when there was a knock at the door and this fella said: 'Where do you want this nag?' The horse was called Carrabawn and won several races for Henry when he took out his licence to train at Lewes. He later moved to East Everleigh Stables at Marlborough where Richard trains to this day.

*** REMIND me of the Flockton Grey ringer scandal in the early Eighties.

J Anderson, Inverness On a cold, wet Monday at Leicester in March, 1982 Flockton Grey romped away with the two-year-old Knighton Auction Stakes by 20 lengths. Trained by unfashionable Stephen Wiles (who was duped), it was a remarkable performance, and one that immediately provoked suspicion. There was plenty of money for the debutant, placed on behalf of the owner Ken Richardson. Across Yorkshire an estimated pounds 200,000, at a starting price of 10-1, was ploughed on. After a long, tortuous investigation 'Flockton Grey' was discovered to have been the three-year-old Good Hand.

*** COULD you tell me the name of the three--year-old filly, who was blind in one eye, which finished third in an Oaks. She was ridden by Ernie Johnson and Willie Carson rode the winner. Although I can't remember their names I know for certain they were both trained by Dick Hern.

John O'Hagan,Londonderry It was the 1980 Oaks won by Bireme. The partially blind filly was The Dancer who led until the furlong pole.


AYR WINNER: Ilya Kyriakin (left) aka David McCallum
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Date:Aug 21, 2004
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