Good day turns sour for Alexander

  • Last Updated: January 4 2013, 22:08 GMT

Favourite backers were handed an unfortunate reverse at Musselburgh as Buffalo Ballet (7/1) stayed on stoutly to land the opening Maiden Hurdle on the card.

Lucy Alexander: Broke her collarbone

Donald McCain's Veloce was sent off a warm 4/9 favourite for the contest and looked likely to collect the first prize having seen off the attentions of Liberty Court.

That still looked to be the case after they jumped the last but Lucy Alexander refused to accept defeat and produced her mount perfectly to land the spoils in the shadows of the post.

However, Alexander now faces a spell on the sidelines after breaking a collarbone later on the same card.

Alexander was riding Isla Pearl Fisher for her father in the Scottish Racing Kilmany Cup when her mount fell four out.

Alexander took a nasty tumble and although she walked away from the incident, she was later taken for X-rays, with Nick Alexander tweeting: "After a great start to day I am sorry to report in A&E awaiting results of Lucy x-rays, apparent broken collar bone in fall from IPF".

McCain bounced back in the second division of the race as Abbey Storm (4/6f) readily accounted for Somerset Island.

A delighted trainer told Racing UK: "He's made a good start. I didn't know what to make of him but we brought him here for the ground. He wants a more galloping track and he's going to be a staying chaser."

Silver Steel (13/2) may have been something of a fortuitous winner of 32Red.com Handicap after Sleep In First capsized when looking to hold a winning chance.

Richard Ford's 10-year-old did manage to avoid a collison with the stricken horse and safely negotiated the rest of the course ahead of Mystified.

Viva Colonia (5/1) was a smart performer over hurdles for David O'Meara and he looks to be going the right way over fences for Brian Ellison.

The eight-year-old capitalised upon a mistake from Sydney Paget at the second last and was 10 lengths clear as they passed the finish.

Any Given Moment (6/1) produced his second course-and-distance victory under a fine ride by Ryan Mania.

Sandy Thomson's seven-year-old made light of an absence of 372 days since pulling up at Kelso to take the staying hurdle on the card.

The feature Scottish Racing Kilmany Cup went the way of the Venetia Williams' trained Pentiffic (9/4f).

The ten-year-old hadn't shown a great deal in his three starts this season but his jumping held together as others buckled under pressure.

Alphabetical Order (4/1) made it two out of two since joining Tim Vaughan from the Colin Tizzard stable as he obliged in the bumper under Richard Johnson.


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