SCOTTISH COLUMN By Gordon Brown

Published 2021/01/24

The success of Nick Alexander’s well-backed 4-1 chance was the 73rd success of Grant’s career meaning he is now just two short of riding out his claim.

It was the sixth winner he has ridden at Musselburgh while he has amassed eight at Ayr, six at Kelso and 14 at Perth.

“I’m looking forward to getting the claim away as it’s lingering around for a while now,” he said.

“Hopefully it won’t be too long but they say the hard work really begins when you ride against the experience jockeys without any allowance!”

Tommy’s Oscar, the winner of Musselburgh’s feature race, could return to Scotland for the ITV televised Premier Hurdle at Kelso on March 6th. Trained just over the border in Northumberland by Ann Hamilton, the Irish point to point winner is unbeaten in three races over timber since joining current connections last autumn.

Unfortunately the topical tip of the day at Musselburgh, Keith Dalgleish-trained Arthur’s Seat, could only finish second in the bumper.

The fabled landmark, an extinct volcano towering above Holyrood Park in Edinburgh, is clearly visible from the East Lothian venue.

Meanwhile racing in Scotland this week is scheduled for Kelso on Tuesday where an eight-race behind closed doors fixture will hopefully beat the wintry weather.

A massive 159 entries were received from all points of the compass in Scotland, England and Wales.

The highlight is the £18,000 William Hill Leading Racecourse Bookmaker Handicap Hurdle, which has gone to short-priced favourites for the past two years.

Last year’s winner, The Con Man, was saddled by Donald McCain, who may try to keep the prize with his two entries Navajo Pass and Chti Balko.

I noticed that Gary Moore had pencilled in Botox Has, who actually ran at Ascot over the weekend.

The father of star Flat jockey Ryan Moore, the Sussex trainer has never had a winner in Scotland, on the level or over jumps, and is yet to even have a runner at Kelso.

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