Mania treble at Musselburgh

  • Last Updated: January 1 2014, 17:59 GMT

Ryan Mania took Musselburgh by storm when booting home a 111-1 New Year's Day treble on Mr Moonshine, Swing Hard and Any Given Moment.

Sue Smith: Four runners, four winners
Sue Smith: Four runners, four winners

The latter won the concluding three-mile hurdle for Sandy Thomson, while Mr Moonshine saw off Viva Colonia by two and a quarter lengths in the totepool.com Scottish Premier Chase, with Swing Hard taking the Happy New Year From totepool Handicap Chase by the same margin ahead of Presented.

A mud-splattered Mania said: "It's a great way to start the New Year."

Mr Moonshine and Swing Hard, carrying the Grand National-winning colours of Auroras Encore, completed a 29/1 double for Sue Smith and the trainer, who helped drive the horsebox up from West Yorkshire, said: "I haven't been to Musselburgh for 20 years but Mr Moonshine fully deserved this win.

"He ran a terrific race in the Becher Chase and I was a little concerned about the trip and ground today. Auroras Encore has come out of Wetherby very well and is heading back for the National but Mr Moonshine may go for the Topham this year."

Owners Douglas Pryde and Jim Beaumont were on hand as Swing Hard shouldered joint top-weight to victory on a day when Mrs Smith won with all four runners for the first time in her career as Emral Silk and Grate Fella also scored at Catterick.

Stuart Crawford was also in great early 2014 form as the County Antrim trainer landed a 39-1 double with Call Box and Strongbox.

The latter surged to a four-length under Peter Buchanan in the £40,000 totepool Mobile Hogmaneigh Handicap Hurdle, while Call Box had earlier slammed Los Nadis by eight lengths for Craig Nichol in the totequadpot Handicap Hurdle.

Crawford, who was on his way to catch the ferry back to Northern Ireland before returning for Ayr and Musselburgh later this week, said: "This was a nice plan to come to fruition for Strongpoint and point-to-pointing has been the making of him. "He needs a strong pace and pointing for my brother has just sweetened him up - he was also very unfortunate not to have won at Perth last summer.

"Call Box was given a nice ride by Craig and the race turned out exactly the way I described to him it would! He was in front a long way and the wee bit of give was okay for him."


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