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Musselburgh – Report 1st January 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.

RAPID improver Tommy’s Oscar was an impressive winner of the £30,000 Betway Hogmaneigh Handicap Hurdle on the behind-closed-doors card at Musselburgh.

Trained in Northumberland by Ann Hamilton, the popular 2/1 favourite fairly stormed home by six-lengths in the hands of Tom Midgley.

The top-weight is owned by Hamilton’s husband Ian, who said: “He’ll get clobbered by the handicapper now so we might have to look for a Grade race somewhere. He’s been an amazing horse and this is his seventh win for us.”

Ewan Whillans-trained Pitempton Power made it two from two over fences in the novices’ handicap chase.

“He never managed a win over hurdles but he has really taken to fences,” said winning jockey Callum Bewley.

“This wouldn’t really be his track but he jumps well and he will probably stay at two and a half miles for now.”

Midlothian teenager Conner McCann rode the fourth winner of his short career on Aurora Thunder in the Betway Hair Of The Dog Handicap Hurdle.

Winning trainer Lucinda Russell said: “He’s local to Musselburgh and he mucked out ten horses and rode out three at the yard before he came here today!

“He’s learning all the time and all his winners have been here on our horses – he is now is just one away from losing his 10lb allowance.”

A third Scottish-trained winner came in the shape of Coolbane Boy, who scored for Sandy Thomson on just his second start since coming over from Ireland in the Play 4 To Win At Betway Handicap Hurdle.

And back at the scene of her maiden Rules triumph in 2015, Bryony Frost stuck aboard Amour De Nuit for champion trainer Paul Nicholls in the Betway “Auld Reekie” Handicap Chase.