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Musselburgh – Preview 18th February 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.

Stuart Coltherd is looking for another big run from Budarri in the 2m 4f handicap chase at Musselburgh on Sunday.

“He won this race last year and hopefully he’ll go close again,” reported the Selkirk handler. “He’s also got winning form at Carlisle and Newcastle as well as his two wins at Musselburgh.

“It was a good run last time over two miles and he’s dropped to a winning mark so we’re optimistic. My son Sam is back on board and they know each pretty well so fingers crossed.”

Also in the line-up is Blazing Hartingo, one of five declared runners on the card for Evan Williams, who boasts a 50 per-cent record (4-8) with his raiders from the Vale Of Glamorgan.

Budarri’s form, when second at Musselburgh on New Year’s Day, will be tested in the three-mile chase as the winner Hold Onto The Line bids for a follow up off just 1lb higher.

Iain Jardine landed the three-mile handicap hurdle twelve months ago with Lastofthecosmics and he’s aiming to keep the prize in his Dumfriesshire stable with Call Me Harry.

Co-owned by pro-golfer Lee Westwood, the gelding has been raised 3lbs for a narrow defeat over course and distance on New Year’s Day.

And Jardine will fancy his chances of a double with recent course scorer Bashful in the concluding two-mile hurdle.

He gave Conor O’Farrell his first winner following a seven-month injury lay-off when scoring a shade cosily a fortnight ago.