Racing: Nifty filly Crimson Knot ties up Festival Handicap

AYRSHIRE owner Willie Burns was all smiles yesterday after his black and white colours were carried to victory by his industrious filly Crimson Knot in the Musselburgh Festival Handicap.

The Alan Berry-trained four-year-old got up in the shadow of the post to pip short-priced favourite The Nifty Fox by a neck.

“She’s run every week for the past ten weeks and only been unplaced twice,” said Dunlop-based Burns. “I thought Tom [Eaves] had left it too late this time even though the leaders went like stink. That’s the way she likes the race to be run as she enjoys something to aim at.”

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Nicky Richards was on hand to acclaim Houston Dynamo after Paul Mulrennan brought the 6/5 favourite home six lengths clear of Ravi River in the Brown Shipley Wealth Well Managed Handicap.

The Greystoke trainer said: “He’s a grand little horse but this was an after-thought as he is being prepared for a novice chase campaign.”

Mark Johnston’s newcomer Raheeba won the TurfTV Handicap by a nose under Joe Fanning and Polar Chief, trained by Linda Stubbs, was another debutante to score when scrambling home by a head in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden.

Mrs Stubbs’ husband Bill said: “He is a nervous wreck this horse and unseated James Sullivan in the paddock – he was eventually mounted in a saddling box.

“It took us three months to get him to go up to the gallops when he was younger and a lot of credit must go to his lass.”



2.00 Flighty Clarets

2.30 Tricky Madam

3.00 Another Ponty

3.30 Almond Branches

4.00 Sir Windsorlot

4.30 Dotty Darroch

5.00 What About You

5.30 Tinseltown


2.10 Augustinian

2.40 Great Run

3.10 Mashaari

3.40 City Of Canton

4.10 Regal Aura

4.40 Pharoh Jake

5.10 Ghost Train

5.40 Cyflymder


2.20 Bennys Well

2.50 Kirbys Glen

3.20 Iheardu

3.50 Bromhead

4.20 Cape Express

4.50 The Fonz

5.20 Quaddick Lake


6.10 Angelito

6.40 Future Wonder

7.15 Caption

7.45 Saytara

8.20 The Lock Master

8.50 Rambo Will


5.50 James Pollard

6.20 Megamunch

6.55 Shades Of 

7.30 Usain Colt

8.05 Burke’s Rock

8.40 Stock Hill Fair


Usain Colt

7:30 Sandown


7:15 Leicester