Racing: Sorrow gives Wall a sweet success at Ayr

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THE TRAINER Chris Wall was able to celebrate a belated entry into the list of winning trainers this season as Sweet Sorrow justified heavy support at Ayr yesterday.

Backers plunged in undaunted for the filly in the Greig Middleton ISA Maiden Stakes despite the Newmarket stable's failure to notch even a single success so far this season.

Several four-figure bets for Sweet Sorrow resulted in her being forced down from even-money to 8-13 at the off.

Ray Cochrane was entrusted with the ride and he soon had the favourite at the head of affairs. There was a momentary cause for concern in the straight as Copernicus launched a challenge.

But all was well in the end as Sweet Sorrow stayed on strongly to defeat the challenger by two and a half lengths.

"We've had to come a long way but it's great to get that first winner," said Wall. "The horses haven't really been running that badly.

"We've just been unlucky - there's been five seconds and several have been pipped in photo-finishes.

"It's good to win with this filly as she is well-bred and now we'll be looking for some black type although that might be a tall order."