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Musselburgh – Report 1st March 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.

Stephen Mulqueen was all smiles after Thunder In Milan gained his first win at Musselburgh in the Join Racing TV Now Handicap Chase.

Sent off at 11-2 on his tenth start, the Lucinda Russell-trained gelding held off Divas Doyen by a neck.

“He’s beginning to get his act together now,” said the winning jockey, who was riding Thunder In Milan for the sixth time. “He’s jumped well today and he might just be the type to keep going through the summer at places like Hexham.”

Can’t Stop Now, trained by Iain Jardine, was another Scottish winner in the Visit Handicap Hurdle under a fine ride from Sam Twiston-Davies.

The Dumfriesshire raider, taking a fierce hold, was soon well clear and had enough in reserve to keep Grade Des Champs at bay by three-quarters of a length.

Lone Star booked herself a return trip to the East Lothian venue after completing a hat-trick in he Every Race Live On Racing TV Mares’ Handicap Hurdle under Joe Williamson.

Winning trainer Philip Kirby, who also saddled the runner-up Misscarlet, said: “The plan now is to come back for the final of this series here at the end of the month. She’s a tough mare and Joe gets over really well with her, she hasn’t won for anyone else.”