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.
WAKOOL backed up his recent course and distance success in style in the Watch On Racing TV Handicap Hurdle at Musselburgh on Monday.
With Conor O’Farrell deputising for Danny McMenamin, who was injured in the previous race, the well-backed 11/8 favourite stormed home by eight-lengths from One Night In Milan.
Wakool is trained by Nick Alexander and his daughter Lucy said: “He’s in really good form at the moment and it’s great for the owners who are having a lot of fun with him. He’s won a lot easier than last time butt hopefully the handicapper won’t be too harsh on him.”
Skycutter and Collingham looks two decent recruits from the Flat and the front-running former saw off the latter by two-lengths in the Join Racing TV Now Introductory Juvenile Hurdle.
Winning trainer Phil Kirby said: “He can be a bit keen but he is settling down and was goo enough to finish fourth in the November Handicap on the Flat. We’ll probably come back here for one of the better races later in the season and maybe even dream of Cheltenham if all goes well.”
Seventeen-year-old Conner McCann rode the second winner of his career on Lucinda Russell-trained Diamond State in the concluding conditional jockeys’ handicap hurdle. The combination were following up their success over two miles 33-days ago.