Party Line powers to cup triumph

PARTY Line and Joe Fanning romped to victory in the inaugural £25,000 Archerfield Cup at Musselburgh yesterday.

The 9-2 winner, third at Catterick just three days earlier, was equipped with a first-time visor as she saw off top-weight Tropical Beat by two and a half lengths. Fanning said: “She’s tough to come out again so soon and the step-up in trip by two furlongs was a big plus. The visor helped and she’s found her form again these last few runs.”

David Barron-trained juvenile Viva Verglas completed a hat-trick under Graham Gibbons when beating Back Lane by two and three-quarter lengths in the conditions race.

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Borders trainer Alistair Whillans and Michael O’Connell teamed up for an 80/1 double courtesy of Ralphy Boy and Vittachi. The former landed the 8f handicap by a neck while the latter scrambled home by a nose from Geanie Mac in the following 12f handicap.