Dartnall Dancing at Musselburgh

Dancing Shadow was produced late on the scene to land the inaugural running of the bet365 Edinburgh National Handicap Chase at Musselburgh.

Noel Fehily: Delivered Dancing Shadow with a well-timed challenge to win first four-mile race at Musselburgh.

Noel Fehily, who was completing a quick double after having been successful on The Queen's Forth Bridge, played a patient game on Victor Dartnall's eight-year-old in the extended four-mile stamina test.

Beeves set the early pace from Five In A Row and Azure Fly before the well-backed Azure Fly went on after the fifth-last fence.

There were plenty in with chances turning for home, including Grand National veteran Alvarado and Full Jack, who took up the running three out, but it was the patiently-ridden Dancing Shadow (6/1) who won the day by two and a half lengths, leading two out and holding the late challenge of Gonalstoun Cloud.

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Azure Fly kept on for third under Nico De Boinville.

Dartnall was represented by his brother and long-time right-hand man Gerald, who said: "That's made the journey worthwhile. We spotted this race after he won at Doncaster last time and we always thought moving up in trip would suit but the key would have to be key good ground.

"I'm delighted for the horse and for his lovely owners, including Sonia Hall, who is sadly unwell and can't be here today but is watching on TV.

"He might be a nice type for the Midlands National but he's entered in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham too and four miles clearly isn't a problem."

Bookmakers Sky Bet cut the winner's odds from 50/1 to 20/1 for that contest.

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