Royal delight at Musselburgh

News of the action from Musselburgh where the Queen enjoyed a winner with the Charlie Longsdson trained Forth Bridge.

Queen Elizabeth II was on the mark with Forth Bridge

Five months after she was on hand to give the Royal seal to Musselburgh's Bi-Centenary celebrations, the Queen enjoyed a winner when Brian Hughes brought Charlie Longsdon-trained Forth Bridge home in front in the Racing UK Anywhere Juvenile Hurdle.

After the 3/10 favourite had beaten Warp Factor by a neck, Hughes said "He's a nice big horse and he liked that decent ground.

"He's a lovely prospect and was a little green in front over the last but I was always going to win."

Rebecca Menzies is is fantastic form and Royal MacNab supplied her with a sixth win (five jumps and one Flat) within a fortnight in the hands of Tony Kelly.

The 9/4 favourite was landing the 2m 4f handicap hurdle for the second year running and the yard also won the 2014 renewal with Revolutionary Road.

Menzies, who is sending Royal MacNab back to the East Lothian venue on January 1st, said: "He is going for the race he was second in last year.

"We are on an unbelievable run at the moment. The move to John Wade's yard has been a big help and everything has just clicked."

Also returning to Musselburgh on New Year's Day is Rose Dobbin's Proud Gamble who gained his third course and distance success for Craig Nichol.

Jonny Delta received a stirring reception after striking in the 2m 3f handicap hurdle for Jim Goldie and Callum Bewley.
Goldie said: "He's come back from being nearly dead after a fall at Haydock in March.

He lay still for a while and was understandably very sore. He's very versatile and once held the 1m 6f course record on the Flat here."

The departure at the last by 4/7 favourite Atomix, who was disputing second at the time, resulted in a monster forecast as 20/1 chance Pot Committed reeled in a 66/1 outsider The Phantom close home in the National Hunt maiden hurdle. The exacta returned £198.20 while the CSF paid £354.25.

Winning trainer Iain Jardine said: "I got it wrong running him over two and a half miles in soft ground and this two miles on better ground was the key. He might jump a fence one day."

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