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Musselburgh – Preview 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.

REBECCA MENZIES is looking for more course success from recent impressive winner Lihyan at Musselburgh on Friday.

The Co Durham raider, again ridden by William Maggs, is likely to go off favourite for the Your First Place For Racing Handicap Hurdle, which is a qualifier for the Go North Cab On Target Series .

“He was always capable of producing a performance like that and hopefully it was have done his confidence the world of good,” said Menzies, who is based close to Sedgefield racecourse.

One of main threats to another win for Lihyan is Sandy Thomson-trained Leading Force while Donald McCain’s top-weight Heartbreak Kid was in front when running out early on at Sedgefield on Boxing Day.

The card gets underway with the Tote Placepot, Win Without A Winner Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase.

Stuart Coltherd-trained Deep Charm could be the one to beat following victories at Sedgefield and over course and distance.

The most valuable race of the day is the £12,000 New Tote Multiples Only On-Course Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase which sees Lucinda Russell double-handed with Garde Des Champs and I Am Gonna Be.