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Published On: Thu, Oct 12th, 2017 at 10:26am

Final flat racing afternoon at Musselburgh next Monday

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Next Monday Musselburgh Racecourse will end its Flat racing season with an afternoon meeting featuring some great horses and riders.

The seven race card has potential winnings of £75,000 on offer and Joe Fanning is in pole position to grab the Edinburgh Gin Jockey and Trainers Championship with 17 wins, nine ahead of second placed Connor Beasley, while leading trainer Keith Dalgleish has a four point lead over nearest challenger Mark Johnston.

Racing gets underway at 2.20pm with the £5000 British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes over five furlongs, with feature race the £20,000 Breeders Backing Racing EBF Flying Scotsman Condition Stakes off at 3.55pm.

Musselburgh has staged 17 fixtures over the Flat season, including an extra meeting last Monday sanctioned by the British Horseracing Association after several Scottish meetings had been abandoned due to bad weather.

At Monday’s meeting (9 October) Mabs Cross extended her winning streak to four when landing the feature race, the Listed £30,000 EBF Musselburgh Fillies’ Sprint Stakes, when jockey Paul Mulrennan appeared late on the scene to beat favourite Clem Fandango by three-quarters of a length.

Sophie P followed up her previous win at Musselburgh in fillies company in the Isn’t It Wiser To Bet At Handicap over 7 furlongs and Ayrshire trainer Mike Smith said she could be back on Monday for an East Lothian hat-trick. The Keith Dalgleish-trained Han Solo Berger took the opening juvenile contest while Let Right Be Done sprung a 18/1 upset in division one of the seven furlong handicap.

Musselburgh’s Flat season has featured more than £1.2 million in prize money and highlights included the first running of the £100,000 Queens Cup, a stayers handicap run over 1m 6f. The ever popular Stobo Castle Ladies Day enjoyed its 12thconsecutive capacity sell-out while the Edinburgh Cup meeting attracted its largest ever crowd to date with 6300 racegoers flocking to Musselburgh to watch the £80,000 Edinburgh Gin’s Edinburgh Cup which was won by trainer Mark Johnston for the fourth time.

After a short break, Musselburgh is back in action with the opening fixture of its 2017-18 National Hunt season on Wednesday 8 November 2017. For further information on all National Hunt fixtures and to book tickets for Monday or other meetings visit


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