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Ayr – Preview 17th July 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.

Aberama Gold, trained by David O’Meara and ridden by Danny Tudhope, shoulders top-weight in the £30,000 Ayr Gold Cup Trial Handicap at Ayr on Monday.

The six-year-old carries the red and white colours of Scottish owner Evan Sutherland, whose silks were successful with Oisin Murphy-ridden Highland Colori in the 2013 Gold Cup itself.

In a wide-open contest, Twelfth Knight is among the market principles for Yorkshire handler Ruth Carr, the granddaughter of David Chapman, winning trainer in 2003 with Quito.

Scottish interest centres on Jim Goldie, who saddles no less than five of the 16 declared runners.

Going on jockey bookings Abduction appears to be the main hope with Paul Mulrennan wearing colours success in the 2008 Gold Cup with Regal Parade although hat-trick seeking Rock Melody arrives following back-to-back to wins at Musselburgh.

The other representatives from north of the border are Ramon Di Loria (Ewan Whillans), Ballyare (Lucinda Russell) and Black Friday (Mike Smith).