JIM Goldie has his eye on the feature race at Musselburgh this afternooon with Wyse Hill Teabags.
The Uplawmoor raider, partnered by James Reveley, faces seven rivals in the £25,000 Bert Logan Your Go To Bookmaker Handicap Hurdle.
Goldie said: “We’re thinking along the lines of giving him a couple of runs over hurdles and then going back novice chasing – he could be quite promising over fences. His next race is likely to be at Haydock next month in a handicap over the brush hurdles.”
Goldie also saddles Titus Bolt in the Neville Porter-Musselburgh’s No 1 Bookmaker Handicap Hurdle and added: “Titus has been running on the Flat and this is his first hurdle race for a while. He’s going to Haydock next as well, in his case for a 2 mile 4 furlongs handicap.”
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Wilson Renwick and Keith Dalgleish took yesterday’s big race at the East Lothian track as 5-2 favourite Nexius won the Watch Racing UK Anywhere Handicap Hurdle. Dalgleish said: “We gave him a break after he won a couple of races in the spring. He was a very good horse on the Flat in Germany and he travels and jumps very well. We’ve no plans so we’ll wait and see what the handicapper does .”
Renwick had earlier initiated a double with a fine front-running ride for Donald McCain on Roserrow in the Bespoke Event Management Novices’ Hurdle. The winning trainer has been successful with his past three runners in the 2 mile contest.
Other Scottish wins at Musselburgh’s first jumping action of the autumn came through Alistair Whillans’ Claude Carter and Lucinda Russell’s Shine A Diamond, the only finisher from four starters in an eventful novices’ handicap chase.
Meanwhile, Tony McCoy is set to miss Cheltenham’s Open meeting and has resigned himself to being out of action for around two weeks due to the recurrence of an injury suffered at Worcester a month ago. The 19-times champion jockey was sidelined for a short spell after a fall from Keep Presenting on 9 October, before returning only to be stood down after riding at Wetherby the following week.
McCoy had been in action every day since the start of the month but aggravated the injury in a fall from If In Doubt at Exeter on Tuesday, although he did ride at Chepstow on Wednesday.
He gave up his only booked ride at Towcester yesterday – a year to the day he rode his 4,000th career winner – and it seems unlikely he will be back for Cheltenham’s three-day fixture on Friday week, featuring the Paddy Power Gold Cup.
At Fakenham, Nicky Henderson enjoyed an excellent afternoon as he saddled a double for the newly-formed Gleneagles Partnership as well as a winner for the Queen.
Talented mare Broxbourne got the afternoon up and running for the team and they were soon on the mark again with Nicolas Chauvin, also in Gleneagles Partnership colours. Henderson said: “The syndicate is a totally new concept which we came up with around the time of the Ryder Cup in Scotland, and we decided to package the two horses together.
“There are ten shares available and I still own five of them. You get a tenth share in both horses and a year’s keep. They are two nice horses and we should have a bit of fun with them, hopefully.”
The trainer completed his hat-trick with Jack Frost in the colours of The Queen in the bumper, steered to victory by Peter Carberry.
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