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Musselburgh – Preview 20th December 2021

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.

STEPHEN MULQUEEN is looking forward to more success abroad Rapid Raider at Musselburgh on Monday.

The Lucinda Russell-trained seven-year-old faces eight rivals in the Join Racing TV Now Handicap Chase over just short of three miles as he bids to complete a hat-trick of wins.

Mulqueen said: “He’s just been a different horse since he had wind surgery and a lot of that credit must go to his owners. He was very nearly going to be retired but his form has been transformed and that includes those back-to-back wins at Bangor and Ayr.”

Also on a hat-trick is Iain Jardine’s mare Tokaramore following her wins at Cartmel in late August and Hexham on October 1st.

Jardine is double-handed as he saddles stable companion Lastofthecosmics while Six One Nine was runner-up over hurdles at Musselburgh in February last year.

The most valuable race on the card is the £10,000 Watch On Racing TV Novices’ Handicap Chase, which sees Nick Alexander’s Broadway Joe try for his three-timer after wins at Kelso and over course and distance.