Winning Spirit in Musselburgh Trial

Nico de Boinville gave Lough Derg Spirit (7/4) a positive ride from the front to claim the Sky Bet Supreme Scottish Trial Novices' Hurdle.

Nicky Henderson: Trainer of Lough Derg Spirit

De Boinville, who only returned from three months out through injury on Friday, stole a few lengths on the turn for home on the Nicky Henderson-trained five-year-old.

That move proved decisive as Lough Derg Spirit kept up the gallop to hold the 10/11 favourite, Peter The Mayo Man, by two and a half lengths.

De Boinville said: "I'd seen there was a bit of a golden highway from the front round here, so I thought we may as well be positive.

"We had to find a pound somewhere to beat Peter The Mayo Man, so that's what we did.

"He's slick at his hurdles and he came out of my hands at a couple of them. He is good and knows what he's doing."

Henderson added: "I just thought after Burbank in the first race the track was sharp enough. His hurdling is very slick so I said to Nico we had to grab this a bit and be very positive. He gave him a good ride.

"It was good because you have to be sharp round here.

"It was a good performance, but we'll have a think about what we do next. He's still a baby and his life's in front of him. We'll see what the owners want to do."

Sponsors Sky Bet gave the winner a 20/1 quote in their non-runner no-bet market for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle, spokesman Michael Shinners saying: "This horse's quick and athletic jumping will stand him in good stead if he goes to Cheltenham and even though connections are still to commit to the race, the non-runner no-bet concession allows punters to get their money back if he doesn't line up."

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