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Ayr – Preview 22nd May 2024

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.

Just under twelve months after her game effort in the Oaks, Heartache Tonight appears at Ayr on Tuesday as the top-rated rated runner in the £47,000 Fitzdares British EBF Rothesay Stakes.

A field of eight fillies and mares have been declared for the eighth renewal of the Listed contest staged over 1m 2f.

Trained in West Sussex by David Menuisier, out of luck with his two previous course runners, Heartache Tonight is partnered by Paul Mulrennan, the man who rode Euro Nightmare to victory for now-retired Keith Dalgleish in 2018.

While the south coast raider has a Group 2 entry at Royal Ascot, Hughis Morrison has pencilled in a Group1 engagement at the Curragh in late June for Jason Hart-ridden Mistral Star.

William Haggas, successful in 2022 with subsequent narrow Group 1 runner-up My Astra, sends up Red Danielle from his Newmarket base.

Kevin’s Stott returns to the scene of his famous 2021 Ayr Gold Cup on Bielsa to ride Haggas-trained Shy Hi Bye in the opening Download The Racing App Now Maiden Stakes.

Katie Scott, whose stable stalwart Gweedore was a close third in last year’s big Scottish sprint, saddles Noble Captain over the same six-furlong course and distance in the Watch Racing43 On The Racing App.

The Galashiels handler opened her turf account for the season with Sacred Falls at Carlisle on Monday night.