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Musselburgh- Preview 24th August 2022

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.

DIANNE SAYER is looking for another big run from her in-form dual-purpose performer Idilico at Musselburgh on Wednesday.


The Cumbrian raider, a winner on the Flat and over hurdles, carries the colours of locally based Dennis Coppola in the £20,000 Robert Roache Portobello Cup, a marathon handicap staged over 2m 2f.


Sayer said: “He’s won over hurdles at Musselburgh, and ran in a few chases up there, but this will be his first visit on the the Flat. He won nicely over hurdles at Perth recently and was a very good fourth on his first run on the Flat for us on the Ladies Night card at Carlisle.


“Dennis is from nearby and loves having runners at Musselburgh. It’s great to do well for him and his family as they’ve been great supporters of our yard for a long time.”


Two-time course winner Wise Eagle, a half-length winner of this race when it was run over 1m 6f last year, represents former jump jockey Adam Nicol while Jim Goldie’s six-race maiden Two Auld Pals steps up in trip after an eyecatching third at Hamilton Park last month.


Alice Haynes bids to make it two from two at the East Lothian venue with Harry’s Hero in the opening British Stallion Studs EBF Restricted Novice Stakes.


Sent off at 66-1 on his Yarmouth debut, he belied his odds when finishing third to two rivals with previous experience.


Newmarket-based Haynes’ only previous runner at Musselburgh earlier this summer was a winner and Harry’s Hero is her sole representative on the card.


Iain Jardine’s Lord Sam’s Castle and Karl Burke-trained Mahalik are a couple of others to have shown a decent level of form.