Michael Dods’ Oil Magnate (2-1 betting odds) struck first at the Totepool.com Sport, Games, Bingo & More Handicap at Ayr. Jockey Tom Eaves rode the seven-year-old hard three furlongs out, and Oil Magnate would steer clear of his main challenger, Pandorica, by three lengths.
"He's had a lot of problems. After his three-year-old career he missed a lot of time and didn't race a lot, and then last year we tried to point what his best trip was. He ran over two miles, and a mile and a half, but it seems one-mile-five is about where he wants to be," Dods told reporters afterwards.
Dods had several thoroughbreds competing at Ayr including Municipal (4-1), Deep Applause (10-1), and Odyssey (8-1). However, only Municipal is expected to place strong among Dods’ three remaining contenders. Municipal is projected to finish fourth in the five furlong event by attheraces.com.
In Monday’s action, jockey Johnny Murtagh will ride trainer Michael Halford’s three-year-old Massiyn in the Lenebane Stakes at Roscommon. Aside from Roscommon, Sunday’s action includes horse races at Windsor, Ripon, and Chantilly. Newton Abbot’s meeting was cancelled on Saturday due to a waterlogged track.