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Musselburgh – Preview 5th February 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.

MIGHTY THUNDER, trained by Lucinda Russell, bids for back-to-back wins in Saturday’s £50,000 bet365 Edinburgh National, the feature race on day one of Musselburgh Scottish Festival Trials weekend.

The likely favourite is ex-Russell inmate Highland Hunter, now with ten-time champion handler Paul Nicholls and a gallant runner-up in the Welsh National for Scottish owner Thomas Barr.

Kinross-based Russell said: “Mighty Thunder is in good shape and had a really good son last ending with that epic win in the Scottish National. We took him out late on at Aintree due to the conditions and hopefully this will begin a clear run to the Grand National in April.”

The bet365 Frodon Novices’ Chase is the contest that launched the career of the horse in the race title in 2017 and his trainer Paul Nicholls has Friend Or Foe up against rivals including Pay The Pipe for four-horse permit-holder Ann Hamilton.

In the bet365 Scottish County Hurdle, Donald McCain’s Fiveandtwenty –  last year’s Scottish triumph Hurdle hero – is among a competitive field of eight runners.