Gordon swoops at Musselburgh
Gordonsville provided trainer Jim Goldie with a third win in four years in the Isle Of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky Handicap at Musselburgh.
Now a nine-year-old, Gordonsville (7-1) was winning over hurdles last winter but had failed to get his head in front on the level for the past three seasons.
Brought with a withering run by Freddie Tylicki, he beat Come Here Yew by a neck with Jonny Delta, a stablemate of the winner, in third.
Los Nadis, another Goldie runner, was the unplaced favourite.
"Los Nadis won it last year and never runs a bad race here but stall two wasn't great for him," said Goldie.
"The outside draws for Gordonsville and Johnny Delta did them no harm as I think the ground was churned up on the inner.
"He's been a star of ours for years and he keeps doing it.
"He's remarkably consistent and has even won twice over hurdles here.
"If he could jump better I think he'd be a top-class hurdler, he just misses one now and again.
"He's actually in the sales but whether we sell him, I don't know.
"I thought he'd have made a point-to-pointer for somebody but he's a bit better than that, obviously."
Goldie later won the second division of the BestPets Handicap with Rothesay Chancer, who came with a wet sail under Graham Lee.
The first division went the way of the Barry McHugh-ridden Phoenix Clubs (12-1).
Another Scottish-trained winner but was Linda Perratt's Weetentherty, who rattled home at 40-1 in the M&F Funeral Services Handicap.
The Alan Berry-trained Jordaura defied top weight in the Drinks Direct At Batleys Selling Handicap under Robert Winston.
"He only ran at Ayr the other day but he does like to get his toe in and it just seemed to fall right for him," Berry told Racing UK.
"Once he started passing tired horses he seemed to enjoy it.
"Normally he doesn't really want work but it was handed to him on a plate.
"He did it well, Robert gave him a good ride.
"He's in a ladies' race at Redcar (on Friday) but that might be being greedy as he's already near the top of the handicap.
"He's shown form on the all-weather so that's where we might go."
Mark Johnston's Kingscroft (18-1) showed the benefit of a break by bouncing back to form in the Batleys Scotland Handicap.
"It was a little bit of a surprise but he'd had a break and he's just starting to gradually come back to himself," said jockey Joe Fanning.
"He'd shown a little more the time before last and I was hoping he'd run well."
William Haggas' Leitrim Pass was arguably the star on show, winning the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing EBF Maiden Stakes as the 10-11 favourite for Phillip Makin.
Hello, regular commenting on Orange News and Sport pages closes on Thursday 30 May 2013. We will continue to provide a commenting facility on major news and sport events on orangeworld.co.uk. Contact us via http://oran.ge/OWfeedback if you have any further questions. Thanks.