Gordon Brown – Race Reporter
Gordon has a wealth of experience of racing through his background in the written and broadcast media. His current principle role is reporting and supporting the scene in Scotland on Racing TV and relaying the latest news with Scottish angles.
Scottish based trainers kept up their run of good form saddling four of the six winners at Ayr Racecourse’s Summer Sizzler Raceday yesterday.
And it was a very special day for Galashiels trainer Katie Scott who hit the 10 winner mark for the year – her best ever total on the Flat – when saddling Ben Asker, a 40-1 chance, to win the Ayr Racecourse Sunday Market Handicap.
The four year-old having his first run from Katie having been sold out of Paul Robson’s Hawick yard made all under Billy Garritty to win at 40-1 and Katie said : “It’s great to beat my previous best and I hope there’s many more to come this year. Huge credit to my staff at home as they do a great job.”
Mike Smith turned out Earn Your Stripes less than 48 hours after she finished second at Hamilton and this time the filly was not going to get beaten as she stuck her head out all the way to the line to win by a neck from Monsieur Kodi. It was a special present for Irvine born jockey David Allan who was celebrating his 40th birthday.
A delighted Mike commented : “He came out of Saturday night well and upped in trip to six furlongs today he did it well.”
Keith Dalgleish’s Prince Of Pillo, having his first run, won the opening six furlong novice stakes by half a length from One Of Our Own.
The fourth Scottish trained winner came courtesy of Jim Goldie’s Shine On Brendan in the mile handicap with Paul Mulrennan keeping the gelding up to his work to win by half a length from Fly Like An Eagle.
Paul Mulrennan had a double on the day as he partnered Bruno’Gold for Upper Lambourn trainer Archie Watson to win the 1m 2f handicap.