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Ayr – Report 14th February 2023

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.

Ardera Cross gained an emotional success in the Weddings At Western House Hotel Handicap Chase at Ayr on Tuesday.


It was the twelve-year-old’s first win since his owner William Young passed away on Boxing Day as jockey Sean Quinlan reached his 500th career success in the saddle.


“Dad got a lot of pleasure and fun out of this horse and I’m sure he would have approved of this performance,” said Young’s son and the current trainer of Ardera Cross, William junior.


Having cost a mere £1,000, the gelding has now won twelve races for his Clyde Valley connections and amassed well over £100,000 in total prize money along the way.


Lucinda Russell, who also lost her father earlier this year enjoyed a tremendous afternoon when recording a 150-1 hat-trick courtesy of Douglas Talking, Apple Away and Prince Dundee.


The first two were ridden by Derek Fox with stable conditional Patrick Wadge on board for the concluding leg, who is owned by Lesley Gillies, motherly the late jockey Campbell Gillies.