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Musselburgh – Report 5th January 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.

Sunday Soldier, jointly-trained by David Killahena and Graeme McPherson, was an impressive winner at Musselburgh on Friday as she followed up a recent strike at the East Lothian venue.

Racing off a 14lb higher mark, the 11-8 favourite strolled home by twelve-lengths in the Racing TV Profits Returned To Racing Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase.

Winning jockey Richie McLernon said: “She did it really well again. I had to give her a bit of a squeeze down the far side but she’s picked up nicely and is full of confidence at the moment.”

D J Jeffreys saddled his first Musselburgh winner when Chosen Templar took the Tote Guarantee, Bet Smarter Maiden Hurdle in the hands of Jonathan Burke.

Having been as short as 11-8, the Cotswolds raider was returned 11-4 after outgunning Chatshow Host by a length and a quarter.

“We think quite a a lot of him and he’s not been in the yard too long,” Jeffreys said. “He might have one for in this time and then we’ll put him away – he’s a long-distance chaser in the making.”

Patrick Wadge went two clear in the race for the conditional jockeys’ title when scoring on So They Say for his boss Lucinda Russell.

And Nick Alexander was on the mark when Duyfken made all under Danny McMenamin in the Your First Place For Racing Handicap Hurdle.