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Musselburgh – Preview 30th November 2023

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.

IAIN JARDINE has his eye on the £15,000 feature race at Musselburgh on Thursday with Half Shot on a card that is subject to a precautionary 7.30am inspection due to the threat of frost.

The Dumfriesshire raider, ridden by Sean Quinlan, lines up for the James And Gloria Roche Handicap Chase over nearly three miles at the East Lothian venue.

“He’s been a super-consistent horse and has hardly done anything wrong since the turn of the year,” Jardine said. “He’s been second three times at Kelso as well as coming third twice here at Musselburgh – even over the Grand national fences at Aintree last time he was still in touch when unseating Sean at the Canal Turn.”

In a wide-open contest, the opposition include Lucinda Russell’s course and distance scoring pair Inis Orr and Methodtothemadness along with Concetto, who also won over this trip at Musselburgh in March for in-form training combination Oliver Greenall and Josh Guerriero.

Quinlan also partners Three Yorkshiremen on his debut over timber in the Glynn Carroll Memorial Juvenile Maiden Hurdle, which is a qualifier for the Go North Grey Bomber Series Final.

Formerly trained on the Flat by Richard Fahey, he is now with Newmarket handler Michael Wigham and is the highest rated of the field on the level with a BHA mark of 74.