Pipe gets into the Swing

  • Last Updated: January 1 2013, 16:20 GMT

Swing Bowler (3/1f) kept up her unbeaten record as she landed the feature Hogmaneigh Handicap Hurdle in taking fashion under Conor O'Farrell.

David Pipe: Double at Musselburgh

David Pipe's mare came into the race unbeaten in four starts and was making her first run in handicaps.

A daughter of the hardy Lady Cricket, she didn't appear to travel particularly well in the early stages but she improved as the race went on and having been produced to the front with two to jump, she scooted away from the field to victory.

Speaking from Exeter where he sent out Buddy Bolero to score, Pipe said: "I don't know any other horse that's five out of five.

"Lady Cricket was a very good mare and she's also has a got a great attitude.

"She did go to the December Sales to be sold as a broodmare but she didn't make her reserve, so she went back into training and it's great to have her back.

"That was the softest ground she's had and she handled it well. She was at Timmy Murphy's in the summer and she's stronger, but she is going to have to improve."

The Nicholshayne team were to later secure a double through the well backed Home Run (6/4f) in the finale.

The Motivator gelding was winning his fifth race inside 26 days and he proved a heavy liability for the bookmakers having been backed on-course from 9/4.

John Ferguson made the long journey up to Musselburgh a worthwhile one as Cayman Islands (13/2) got off the mark in the opening Novices' Hurdle on the card.

It looked for a long way as if the season could open up with a Scots trained winner as Rockawango made a bold bid on his debut for James Ewart, but having disputed the lead with the eventual winner, he dropped away tamely and Jack Quinlan was forced to go on with two to jump.

A couple of solid leaps, and a blunder at the last from the pursuing favourite, Docs Legacy, saw victory going the way of the Suffolk raider.

"I've ridden the horse plenty of times at home and know him well," said Quinlan, who claims 3lb.

"I was quite happy to sit second and take a lead, and commit turning for home. I knew he'd gallop all the way to the line."

Bocciani (7/1) didn't manage to get his head infront in 2012 but Brian Ellison's inmate wasted no time in getting his 2013 off to the best possible start with victory in the Totepool.com Honest Toun Handicap Chase.

"He's high enough in the weights but that's because he's always been so consistent," said trainer Brian Ellison.

"He's done it well today and it's a great start to the year.

"We had a fantastic 2012 and won some nice races along the way but we've got some nice horses this season."

The staying hurdle looked a wide open event on paper but Monetary Fund (7/2) ran away with it under Aidan Coleman.

The gelding looks to be a reformed character since leaving Nicky Henderson to join Venetia Williams, and he finished comfortably clear of the staying on Powerful Ambition.

Phil Kirby has been firing in the winners since taking over the stables previously held by Kate Walton, and Everaard (13/2) showed his liking for Musselburgh by posting his fourth victory at the course.


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