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ROGER VARIAN GOES FOR THIRD ROTHESAY STAKES WITH ANGEL POWER

Racing's big guns descend on Ayr Racecourse on Wednesday, May 18, with the eight race card headlined by the £54,500 Tennent’s Lager British Stallion Studs EBF Rothesay Stakes, Listed Race.

Leading trainers including Andrew Balding, Roger Varian, Willie Haggas and Jessica Harrington have runners in the 1m 2f fillies’ race which was first introduced in 2016.

Roger Varian has won the Rothesay Stakes with Nezwaah in 2017 and Shenanigans in 2019 and this time round saddles Angel Power a mare who won a Group 2 contest in Rome in November 2020. David Egan takes the mount on the five year-old who was a close up third in a Listed race at Nottingham last time out.

Achelois makes the 800 mile round trip from Andrew Balding’s Kingsclere yard and PJ McDonald rides this filly who finished second in a decent handicap at Epsom last time out. Jessica Harrington sends The Blue Brilliant over from Ireland and this filly was second in a  Group 3 at Deauville last year.

The main supporting race is the Jura Sunset EBF Stallions Restricted Maiden Stakes for two year olds over five furlongs and Charlie & Mark Johnston run the well bred Green Zabeel in this with Jason Hart riding.

The Glenfiddich Handicap at 4.25pm has a five runner field but they are all previous winners including Red Warning who won on this card last year. Trainer Michael Dods has engaged Connor Beasley to ride.

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Brilliant sunshine, a sell-out Saturday crowd, top class racing and fantastic entertainment combined to make the 2015 Coral Scottish Grand National Festival at Ayr Racecourse a huge success.

The huge crowd of 16,500 on Saturday witnessed a memorable running of the £210,000 Coral Scottish Grand National with Wayward Prince, a 25/1 shot holding on gamely to win by three quarters of a length from the fast finishing Irish raider Goonyella.

Wayward Prince
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Wayward Prince

A delighted owner and trainer Hilary Parrott had decided last year to move the horse from trainer Ian Williams to her own small yard and admitted : "The change of scenery did him good. He loved the ground and was always travelling well."

And winning jockey Robert Dunne commented : "I thought when they came to me before the last I was going to get beaten but he kept sticking out his neck and battled all the way to the line.

"It's a huge day for me and my biggest ever win. I had to lose nine pounds to make the weight so feel a bit weak at the moment but it was all worthwhile."

Earlier in the afternoon Cheltenian won the £100,000 QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle for trainer Philip Hobbs and jockey Richard Johnson in what was a high quality race.

After the last flight it looked as if the Nicky Henderson horse Sign Of A Victory would win but a fighting display by Cheltenian saw him hold on by a neck.

Duke Of Navan won the Scotty Brand Handicap Chase under an ultra-confident Brian Harding ride confirming the jockey as the leading rider at the track for the 2014-2015 jumps season with Lucinda Russell top trainer and Paul and Clare Rooney top owners.

Friday's highlight was the Listed Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase and this was won by course specialists Presenting Junior winning at Ayr for the fourth time this season for owners Mr and Mrs Wilson Garnet, trainer Martin Todhunter and jockey Wilson Renwick.

Reflection on a highly successful Festival Ayr Racecourse Managing Director David Brown commented : "The two days saw some excellent racing with some exciting finishes and we were blessed with some fantastic weather.

"The atmosphere was good with everyone enjoying themselves and joining in the occasion. I thank everyone for their support."

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Jockey James Doyle was the star of the show at the 2014 William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival, winning both the Gold and Silver Cups.

James Doyle and Louis The Pious
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James Doyle and Louis The Pious

The southern based rider steered last year's big race runner up Louis The Pious to land gold around an hour after he tasted silver success on the Roger Charlton trained Huntsmans Close.

He wrote his name into the record books when Louis The Pious won as no jockey has achieved the double before and he showed his delight as the David O'Meara 10/1 chance crossed the line.

James also captured the opening race, the QTS Handicap on Power Play for Richard Hannon making it a treble on his first visit to the track in seven years.

Graham Lee was another jockey at the top of his game riding Dark Reckoning to win the William Hill Firth of Clyde Stakes for trainer Ann Duffield at odds of 25/1 and then partnering the Saeed bin Suroor trained Sky Hunter, the 9/4 favourite, to land the William Hill 80th Anniversary Book Launch Doonside Cup.

And Graham was also among the winners earlier in the week winning the Nursery Handicap on Roosey for Willie Haggas on Friday and landing the Wallace McDowall Handicap on Orient Class on Thursday.

Keith Dalgleish was the only Scottish trainer on the scoresheet -Harrison's Cave, ridden by Joe Fanning, won the Grants Fruit Merchants Prestwick Handicap on Thursday and Beautiful Stranger took the Enterprise Screen 10 Years of Video Handicap on Friday.

Thursday's prestigious William Hill Handicap for the Kilkerran Cup was won by Fire Fighting, trained by Mark Johnston and ridden by Joe Fanning.

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