Pipe gets into the Swing

A review of the meeting at Musselburgh where Swing Bowler took the feature Hogmaneigh Handicap Hurdle for David Pipe.

The 3/1 favourite kept up her unbeaten record as she landed the feature in taking fashion under Conor O'Farrell.

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.

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 fourth race inside the space of a month 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.

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 Hounest Toun Handicap Chase.

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.