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Musselburgh – Preview 1st June 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.

Charlie Johnston landed last year’s 1m 1f £50,000 Edinburgh Cup Handicap with subsequent Royal Ascot second Lion Of War and the Middleham trainer is represented by Individualism.

Ridden by Joe Fanning, he was second over a similar trip on the Sky Bet Sunday Series card last month.

He is owned by Scotsman Dr Jim Walker and is a half brother to the same connections’ Group 1 hero Subjectivist.

When the race was staged over a longer trip, William Haggas was a two-time winner and the Newmarket handler saddles Highland Spring.

Soprano, trained in Newmarket by George Boughey, is an interesting runner in the £40,000 Edinburgh Gin Queen Of Scots Fillies’ Listed contest over seven-furlongs.

She was a close third in last year’s Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot and holds a Group 1 entry in the Commonwealth Cup back at the big meeting later this month.

Football legend Harry Redknapp’s colours are sported by Richard Hughes-trained Les Bleus, who was placed in Group 2 company last season.

Top-rated runner is recent narrow Group 3 runner-up Stenton Glider, trained in Cheshire by Hugo Palmer, and she has a BHA mark of 104.

The form of past renewals has been played out at the highest level with plenty of subsequent Group 2 & Group 3 winners as well as placings in Group 1 events.