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Musselburgh – Report 18th December 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.

BORDERS trainer Stuart Coltherd and his jockey son Sam warmed up for a busy festive period with a nice victory for Deep Charm on Musselburgh’s final fixture of 2023.

The Selkirk raider was brought with a perfectly timed challenge to land the Two Turtle Doves Handicap Chase by a length and a half from Coolkill, who looked the likely winner after jumping ahead travelling strongly at the third last.

“He returned to form at Sedgefield last time and I’m delighted he backed that win up this afternoon,” the wining handler said afterwards. “His jumping isn’t the best so we though we’d come here for these easier fences but he still wasn’t foot perfect.

“We’re going to be flat out over Christmas and we’re looking forward to running Cooper’s Cross in the big race at Haydock on Saturday. The things are panning out we should have a few runners at Sedgefield on Boxing Day.”

The other Scottish winner on the card came courtesy of Ryan Mania-ridden Getagin, who made a successful Rules debut in the concluding A Partridge In A Pear Tree Open NH Flat Race.

Trained by Sandy Thomson and co-owned by David Armstrong and professional golfer Lee Westwood, the well-backed 7-4 favourite saw off One More Stroke by tree-quarters of a length.