RENFREWSHIRE trainer, Jim Goldie, enjoyed a 5-1 success with Jack Dexter in a valuable sprint at Ascot, on July 28.

“The ground worked out well for him today – he loves some cut,” said the Uplawmoor handler, who has his stable in fine form.

He then ended July with another win when Strong Steps scored his first turf success at Ayr on July 31. Strong Steps joined the Goldie stable after being claimed at Chester last month. It was his second run for the yard and connections were hopeful of a good performance.

“This is his first win on turf and it appears he does like to get his toe in,” said the winning trainer’s son, George. “We’ll probably mix it up with turf and all-weather with him now.”

Jim and Irvine jockey, Danny Tudhope, also proved a winning combination at Musselburgh, on July 25, when Jonny Delta landed the 1m 4f handicap for the pair.

“He needs a strong gallop as he does not have a lot of finishing pace,” said the winning trainer, who also praised winning jockey. “Danny did a great job getting him to the front and it’s always hard to get past when you lead here. I would say that was one of the rides of the season,” he concluded.

Haymarket justified favouritism to land the opening one-mile handicap for in-form East Ayrshire trainer Mike Smith, who has a ladies’ race at Ayr, next month, in mind for his charge.

Hawick jockey, Rowan Scott, rode Royal Brave to win the five-furlong handicap.

Keith Dalgleish, who also hails from Hawick, continued in great form and he sent Sebastian’s Wish from his Carkuke-based stable to land the two-mile handicap. He also had a winner the following afternoon at Catterick, when Glenrowan Rose justified favouritism to head the five-furlong handicap.

Euro Nightmare then gave Dalgleish a victorious end to July, heading the feature handicap at Ayr on July 31. “A lot of the credit for this is due to owner, Stuart Morrison, as it was his idea to put her in this race,” explained the Belstane Stables trainer. “He phoned me up asking if we could do it when it was re-offered.

“The filly does have a lazy style of running and she is fine at this trip though she does stay 1½ miles and did run really well in the big 1m6f race at Musselburgh.”

St Boswells owners, Paul and Clare Rooney, also had a winner at the track when Dubawi Fifty posted a 14-1 victory in the 1m 7f handicap. “He does everything very easily at home and I was confident I had him right,” admitted Northumberland trainer, Karen McLintock.

“There’s been no particular reason for his long absence from the track – he’s simply a big baby and we wanted to give him some time. The owners were quite happy for us to be patient with him,” she added.

The Borders couple had also been successful at Catterick two days earlier when Go Now Go Now won the seven-furlong handicap.

Hawick handler Alistair Whillans saddled Donnachies Girl to an 8-1 win in the fillies’ handicap on the all-weather at Newcastle, on July 29.

Iain Jardine also had a long-priced winner when Archipeligo was the 14-1 victor of the lady riders’ handicap, posting a second course and distance success for his Carrutherstown stable.

Danny Tudhope added a further win to an impressive seasonal tally when partnering Wenesley to a 4-1 win in the opening novice stakes at Pontefract.

Fellow Ayrshire jockey, David Allan, completed a treble at the fixture, riding Regal Mirage to win the 1m 4f handicap before scoring an 8-1 success on Bossipop in the six-furlong handicap, and then adding the concluding five furlong handicap on 7-1 chance Crossfire.