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Musselburgh – Preview 8th 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.

THE £100,000 Tote Summer World Pool Queen’s Cup takes centre stage as the new Scottish Flat season gets underway at Musselburgh today.

One of the market principals is Andrew Balding-trained Spirit Mixer, a half length runner-up to Trueshan in last June’s Northumberland Plate at Newcastle.

Jim Goldie is triple-handed with 2021 ‘Plate’ hero Nicholas T, three-time Group 3 winner Euchen Glen and last year’s Lanark Silver Bell scorer Wickywickywheels.

Themaxwecan, the 2021 Queen’s Cup winner, represents Charlie Johnston while last term’s November Handicap victor Metier is ridden by Saffie Osborne for trainer Harry Fry.

The supporting card features the tote World Pool Scottish Sprint Cup in which Makanah bids to go one better after a neck second last year when the race was held in June. Trained by Julie Camcho, the Malton raider is a three-time Musselburgh scorer.

Triple champion jockey Oisin Murphy rides Ed Walker-trained Came From The Dark, who was competing in Group races last season.

New teenage apprentice sensation Billy Loughnane has his first ride at the East Lothian venue in the Musselburgh Silver Arrow Handicap aboard Gweedore, the winner of the corresponding race twelve months ago for Galashiels handler Katie Scott.

“He loves Musselburgh and Ayr and this is good starting point again,” the borders trainer said. “He’s been a real star for us and hopefully he’ll have another good season.