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Musselburgh – Report 3rd January 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.

SAM COLTHERD rode his second winner since returning from injury as Pookie Pekan, trained by his father Stuart, stormed home in the Musselburgh Handicap Chase on Monday.

Sent off at 13/2, the Selkirk raider made virtually all the running to slam 6/4 favourite First Account by thirteen lengths.

The borders jockey, who was sidelined for three weeks with a dislocated shoulder, said afterwards: “It was horses like him that I was looking forward to when I was undergoing my rehabilitation at Jack Berry House. It was a good performance and the first time he has won at three miles.”

Drumbear impressed on his debut over timber in the Betway Maiden Hurdle for Irish trainer John McConnell to give his pilot Simon Torrens a first course success.

“He’s a big horse we have always liked and is a staying chasing in the making,” McConnell said. “When he learns to drops the bit and settle he will be even better but he will remain over hurdles this season.”

Charlotte Jones, enjoying her best-ever season, also opened her Musselburgh account when steering The Steward to victory for Jimmy Moffatt in the Betway Handicap Hurdle.

And Conner McCann was taken to hospital for x-rays on an injured arm after he was unseated when his mount Gemologist was badly hamperedat the fifth flight in the same race.