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Ayr – Report 8th May 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.

BILLY GARRITTY was all smiles after Keith Dalgleish-trained Morning Sun impressed in the Alice’s 70th Birthday Handicap at Ayr.


Appearing for new connections for just the second time since being sold out of Sir Michael Stoute’ yard for 35,000gns, the 15-2 chance made most of the running before slamming First Impression by two and a half lengths.


Garritty said: “Keith told me to hold him up but I decided to make it as there wasn’t a lot of pace about. He has quite a sharp pedigree yet he says a mile and a quarter okay.”


Jim Goldie, who saddled nine runners on the card, was on the mark with Joe Fanning-ridden One Last Hug in the Ayr Racecourse Supports Injured Jockeys Fund Handicap.


“It was just another great ride from Joe and he’s a jockey we haven’t used that much over the years,” Goldie said. “This is a horse winning over 6f today and his only other win also came at Ayr three years ago over a mile and a quarter!”