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wow! how close can you get; SIGN UP FOR FREE PS25 BET Our brave Bescot loses by short head at Ayr.

SO close, yet so far!

Our fantastic new racehorse Bescot Springs put in a wonderful performance on debut for the Daily Mirror Punters Club at Ayr yesterday, failing by a mere short head to gain a thrilling victory in our famous red and white colours.

We enjoyed a magnificent victory with Niki Royal on her debut for us at Towcester last February and Bescot Springs came as close as is possible to emulating her.

Lucky members Ian Dawson, Dennis Hawkins and Alan Scott were on hand (above) to cheer on our Lucinda Russell-trained horse and they had a real thrill as he moved into contention turning for home at the business end of the Totepool.com sponsored handicap hurdle.

He battled on bravely under jockey Craig Nichol and had forced himself into a challenging position for the lead approaching the final flight.

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But Bescot Springs wouldn't give in and a final surge saw him get to within a short head of the equally brave Finaghy Ayr at the line.

Russell was over the moon with the way he performed.

"What a race! A short head away from a fairy-tale," she said.

"He didn't put a foot wrong, coped well with the trying conditions and jumped fluently throughout. We'll see how he comes out the race, give him a little rest and weigh up his options over the next couple of weeks."

It was great to see our silks carried with such distinction, especially for the legion of Club members who were able to take advantage of our exclusive 2 for 1 admission offer at the Scottish track.

Our new partnership with www.own1.co.uk has been quick to bear fruit, and we can't wait to see what's next in store for our star jumper.

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BEFORE THE BATTLE Bescot Springs and Craig Nichol collect their thoughts before yesterday's amazing effort at Ayr
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 8, 2014
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