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Ayr – Preview 24th June 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.

HAYLEY TURNER has already enjoyed a memorable week and she is after more success in the Unite The Union Thanking Our Members EBF Land O’Burns Fillies’ Stakes at Ayr on Saturday.


Turner, who struck with Docklands in the Britannia Stakes on Thursday at Royal Ascot, is on board Andrew Balding-trained Nymphadora in the £50,000 Listed contest over the same five-furlongs which saw the track record smashed by Keep Busy in this race two years ago.


The jockey has partnered six previous winners at Ayr, including Margot Did, who scrambled home by a neck in the 2011 renewal of this prestigious contest.


Top-rated on a BHA mark of 105 an the likely favourite is Royal Acclaim, trained in Newmarket by James Tate. She headed the market when sixth in last year’s Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York.


Ayr’s minimum trip is the third fastest in the Britain and only Epsom and Goodwood have track records quicker than the 55.68sec recorded by Look Busy when she scorched home in the 2008 Listed Land O’Burns Stakes.


Irish raider Treasure Trove, trained by Paddy Twomey, also has form at the highest level as well as gaining a victory in Group 3 company at the Curragh last August.


Kevin Ryan, successful with Elnadim Star in 2018, saddles Silent Words, who wasn’t beaten far in Listed grade at York last month.


And Paul Mulrennan, winning jockey in 2020 on Que Amoro, rides Makarova for Ed Walker, another name on the roll of honour at Royal Ascot this week.