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Musselburgh – Report 18th February 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.

Sandy Thomson and Ryan Mania were in great form at Musselburgh on Sunday when Whosmydaddy and Coolkill supplied the Greenlaw-based partnership with a double.

The former made an impressive debut over fences in the George Crawford Legacy Trust Handicap Chase with Coolkill scoring later on in the Racing TV Profits Returned To Racing Handicap Chase.

“I was pleasantly surprised with the way Whosmydaddy did that today as he wasn’t that exceptional over hurdles,” Mania said. “However he seems to have come to life with the cheekpieces on and he really took to the fences out there.”

Evan Williams, based 370 miles away in the Vale Of Glamorgan, also recorded a double with Balkardy and Everyonesacritic.

The opening leg was partnered by his daughter Isabel, who was paying her first to the East Lothian venue.

“It’s a long way to come but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my visit and it’s a nice track to ride,” she said. “This is a horse that has deserved to get his head back in front and, although he’s been second a few times, he’s genuine enough.”

Iain Jardine saddled the one-two in the concluding 100% Racing TV Profits Back To Racing Handicap after Bashful pipped stable-companion La Quarite by a neck.