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Musselburgh- Report 21st November 2022

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.

James Ewart produced Hold Onto The Line to win on his seasonal reappearance in the opening race at Musselburgh on Monday.


Ridden by Brian Hughes and sent off at 7-2, the Langholm raider held off Massini Man by a short-head in the Every Race Live On Racing TV Handicap Chase.


Ewart said: “He’s a bit of a quirky horse but I love training him. We’re not in a rush with him as he’s only five and I expect he’ll come back for another race here.”


Hughes completed a double in the following Susan Smith Just-Giving Maggies Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle on Donald McCain’s 1-6 hot-pot Bents Hollow. 


Masssi Man’s trainer, Sandy Thomson, went one better with Faithfulflyer in the concluding Saltire.Scot Handicap Hurdle.

The Greenlaw handler said: “This was just his second handicap and the ground and the longer trip helped him to show the improvement that he showed today.”


Iain Jardine-trained Half Shot, a late gamble into 7-4 favourite, was a comfortable winner under 12st in the Sponsor The Saltire For A Day Handicap Hurdle after making all for Conor O’Farrell.