Longsdon is Musselburgh Charmer

Charlie Longsdon claimed a third prize of the weekend at Musselburgh's Cheltenham Trials meeting when Monbeg Charmer scored in the Albert Bartlett Scottish Trial Novices' Hurdle.

Charlie Longsdon: The man to follow at Musselburgh this weekend.

The Oxfordshire trainer had long earmarked this meeting as a good opportunity to get some of his best horses out on decent ground and the decision to bring a team of half a dozen up proved well worthwhile.

Brian Hughes, also on board earlier scorer Tree of Knowledge, sent the well-supported Monbeg Charmer into the lead right from the off in this £23,000 contest and his mount kept finding when asked for more.

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Soupy Soups came out of the chasing pack in a bid to throw down a challenge, but Monbeg Charmer was not for catching and held on to score by two and three-quarter lengths.

Longsdon praised the winning rider, who with 15 winners at the track already this season, has a record at Musselburgh that no other jockey can get close to matching.

"I said to Brian's agent at the start of the season that I wanted to use him as much as possible – he's a very good jockey," he said.

"He's come back in and said that we ought not to over-do things with this horse this season as it's all about the future with him, so I have to respect that.

"He has always shaped as if going up to three miles would suit him and the good ground here was perfect. I think he could be a very good horse one day. He jumps well but he's still a bit immature – I'm not saying we won't go to Cheltenham with him, but we will need to talk about what's the best thing to do."

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