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Ayr – Preview 24th 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.

ROGER VARIAN is after a third strike in the Tennent’s Lager British Stallion Studs EBF Rothesay Stakes with Jim Crowley-ridden Al Husn.


With a BHA mark of 103, the Newmarket raider is the highest rated of the seven runners declared for Ayr’s £47,000 Listed event, confined to flies and mares, over 1m 2f on Wednesday.


The winner of four of her seven starts, the daughter of Dubawi was second in a Group 2 contest at her local track earlier this month as she bids to follow in the hoof prints of Varian’s other winners Nezwaah (2017) and Shenanigans (2019).


Crystal Caprice, a rare runner at the Craigie course these days for Sir Michael Stoute, was placed in Listed fillies’ company last season while Pink Carnation, partnered by Hollie Doyle for Archie Watson made a lot of the running before finishing a close second in the Nottinghamshire Oaks just over three weeks ago.


There are some sparking pedigrees among the six newcomers set to line up in the Jameson Irish Whiskey EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes.


Kevin Ryan’s Jehangeer is a full brother to Hello Youmzain, who scooped Group 1 sprints at Haydock and Royal Ascot when trained by the Hambleton handler.