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Scottish Racing has been working flat out behind the scenes as negotiations continue with Holyrood with the aim of seeing a phased return of crowds.


Following yesterday’s announcement from the Scottish Government on the re-opening of some live outdoor events, ScottishRacing is in discussions with Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, Joe FitzPatrick MSP as to when spectators can return to each of the Scottish racecourses.  An announcement will be made as soon as possible”, said Scottish Racing’s Delly Innes.


A big well done goes to Keith Dalgleish for his success at the big York Ebor festival with Amber Storm.


The Carluke raider, with just three previous runs under her belt, was a comfortable winner of the fillies’ handicap on Thursday for Joe Fanning.


I’d say she is a filly with a bright future and she certainly handled this step up in class in her stride.


Some of Keith’s other runners on the Knavesmire weren’t disgraced either especially Soldier’s Minute and Broxi.


The former, who has run well at the track in the past over six-furlongs, came from off the pace to chase home Acclaim The Nation in Wednesday’s opening five-furlong dash while Broxi set a fierce pace before going down all guns blazing to bag third place an hour later in the Acomb Stakes for two-year-olds.


It’s busy week coming up in Scotland starting with a bumper card containing plenty of runners at Ayr on Monday. The most valuable race is the QTS To Sponsor Ayr Gold Cup Handicap over a mile and it looks likely to be a wide-open contest.


There promises to be a competitive card at Musselburgh on Wednesday afternoon. The feature race is the class 4 Upskill Your Job With Scottish Racing Academy Handicap over five-furlongs and speedsters familiar with the winning post at the East Lothian track this summer include Gowanbuster, Economic Crisis and Militia.


The show moves onto Hamilton Park where Friday night sees the prospect of a tremendous evening boasting quality races such as the British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Handicap and the truly ancient Ladbrokes Lanark Silver Bell.


On Sunday it is the turn of Perth where the ITV Racing cameras will be covering the pick of the action.


Betting firm bet365 are the new sponsors of a card on which the highlight is the £25,000 Sam Morshead Perth Gold Cup Handicap Chase.


It promises to be a terrific meeting.


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