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Musselburgh – Preview 30th April 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.

Paul Hanagan is looking forward to riding in the feature race as Musselburgh stages the opening £200,000 Sky Bet Sunday Series card.

The former champion partners Ann Duffield-trained Runninwild in the sprint handicap which has attracted a near maximum field.

He said: “He’s got bags of toe and I made all on him at Thirsk last August. The only time I’ve ridden him was when we were just pipped by a head at Pontefract in the autumn.”

The fixture gets underway with teenage riding sensation Billy Loughnane taking the mount on Jer Batt, one of the market principals in the apprentice dash over the flying five-furlongs.

Newcomer Love Billy Boy is a rare runner at the East Lothian venue for Richard Hannon in the novice stakes for juveniles.

A sharply-bred type, he cost £90,000 as a yearling and is out of a mare who won over the minimum trip as a two-year-old.

Keith Dalgleish is double-handed in the fillies handicap with course and distance scorer Gometra Ginty and recent Redcar winner Iato’s Angel.

Martin Todhunter-trained Arrange is after another course strike in the middle-distance handicap over 1m 4f.

The Cumbria-based handler said: “She was pretty consistent in her first season with us and she was a convincing winner at the track over this trip last August.”

Recent Wolverhampton winner Out Of The Shadows, who runs in the 3YO mile handicap will be just the sixth runner at Musselburgh for his Newmarket trainer Marco Botti.