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Ayr- Report 26th April 2022

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.


Mark Johnston was on hand at Ayr Racecourse last night to see the filly Espressoo, which he trains in partnership with his son Charlie, turn in an eye catching performance in the feature race a Maiden Fillies’ Handicap over seven furlongs.

The 6-5 favourite was sent into an early lead and made all under Joe Fanning to win by six lengths. Mark said he had no immediate plans for the daughter of Dark Angel but a step up in trip could be on the cards.

There was a nail biting finish to the second race, the Handicap with Cosmic Raj just getting back up on the line to win by a nose from Tilsitt.

The winner, trained by David O’Meara, was sent off the 11-5 favourite and hit the front a furlong out only to be headed by Tilsitt but wrested back the lead as they crossed the line.

Jim Goldie who had a winner at the track on Monday saddled 13-2 shot Cosa Sara in the opening apprentice handicap. The filly was ridden by Gianluca Sanna who is now two from two for Goldie.

Another winner trained in Scotland was Keith Dalgleish’s Goodwood Glen, ridden by Billy Garritty, who came with a late run in the last strides to land the Visit racing Handicap by half a length from Al Qaasim.

And Iain Jardine made it a threesome for Scottish based trainers when Merricourt took the final race on the card the 100% Racing TV Profits Back To Racing Handicap over seven furlongs for owner Allan McLuckie.

A trainer given a pleasant surprise on the night was Tristan Davidson who thought Pearl Of Qatar would come on for the run only for the mare to win the Join Racing TV Now Handicap for the second year in succession with Phil Dennis riding. After ducking right at the start the mare raced prominently and was pushed out to win by half a length from Blazing Hot. Supporters were rewarded with odds of 9-1.