Later this month – Saturday October 24th until Friday October 30th to be precise – marks the fourth year of Scottish Women and Girls in Sport Week.
The initiative provides an opportunity to throw a spotlight on women and girls’ participation in sport and physical activities and the theme for 2020 is to highlight the positive impact of physical activity and celebrate the return of sport.
In Scotland we can showcase some of the incredible women and girls involved in the sport of horseracing such as Lucinda Russell, Rachael McDonald, Lucy Alexander, Katie Scott, Linda Perratt and Jackie Stephen.
And tartan fillies and mares who have been performing successfully on the track include Iain Jardine’s River Icon, Keith Dalgleish-trained Northern Society and Amazing Alba who gained back-to-back wins at Musselburgh for Alistair Whillans.
The hashtag for Scottish Women and Girls in Sport Week 2020 is #SheCanSheWill
Jim Goldie’s Euchen Glen produced another memorable performance to land the Group 3 Betsafe Cumberland Lodge Stakes at York.
He had no less than last year’s St Leger hero Logician trailing in his wake as he made all to spring an 18-1 surprise under the excellent Paul Mulrennan.
Owned and bred by William Johnstone, he therefore carries the colours of one of the owners of Ayr racecourse where he has won four of his six starts.
It was the fourth Group success for Goldie’s Uplawmoor yard which has also enjoyed two Group 2’s with Orientor and a Group 3 with Jack Dexter.
Congratulations also go out to Mike Smith after an Ayr double supplied by Flying Moon and Black Friday hoisted him onto the thirteen winner mark in his best-ever Flat season.
Based at Galston just north of his local track, Mike endured a torrid 2019 but has his horses back on song this year with a vengeance.
Flying Moon, a four-time winner for his new connections who only cost £3,500 last autumn, typifies the kind of horse Mike – also an accomplished showjumper – excels with and plenty of others at his West Loudoun Farm were also bargain buys.
The next racing in Scotland sees the curtain come down on the Flat for the year at Musselburgh on Monday.
It is also the last action on the level north of the border for 2020 and the feature race is the On Board Scotland’s Concorde Handicap, a Class 2 event over 7f.
One of the entries is Hayadh, a scorer over a mile at the East Lothian track last month, and trained by Wetherby-based Rebecca Bastiman who is on course to be leading trainer for the season at the venue she has saddled more winners than anywhere else during her career.
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