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Ayr – Preview 7th July 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.

Darlington raider Pol Roger is after his third course and distance victory of the year at Ayr in the 1m 2f handicap.

After his two wins at the Craigie venue in May, he was a far-from-disgraced runner-up in a big-field contest at York three weeks ago.

“He’s had a pretty good year already,” said trainer Michael Dods. “It helped that his handicap mark was coming down a fair bit since the start of last season but now it’s starting to creep back up again!

“His confidence is good and he’s certainly in decent form so you’d have to hope for another big run.”

One of the main threats could come in the shape of David O’Meara-trained Own Accord, who arrives off the back of wins in novice and handicap company at Wetherby in the spring.

Jim Goldie is throwing plenty of darts at the board on a card that he recorded a treble twelve months ago.

He kicks off with a chance in the opening amateur jockeys’ handicap with home-bred Rory, who is named after one of his grandsons.

The Uplawmoor handler is double-handed in the classified stakes with Zumaaty and Lang Toon Lad.

And Abduction, who holds entries in big handicaps later in the summer at Newmarket and Ascot, should also go well in the class 3 mile.