Another great ride from Lucy Alexander
Lucy Alexander produced another moment for her already impressive scrapbook when excelling aboard Isla Pearl Fisher in the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Handicap Chase at Musselburgh yesterday.
Just as record-breaking champion Tony McCoy looked booked for victory on top-weight Blenheim Brook, Alexander produced her mount in the closing stages to snatch an unlikely victory by a neck.
The 8-1 winner is trained by her father Nick who said: "It's over three weeks since Lucy had a winner and she was more worried about going on the cold list when she arrived here today. I'm very proud of her as this was a lovely ride and she must have passed ten horses from turning in to the straight with four to jump.
"I didn't give much for his chances down the far side but he's a horse that has ability and we struggled to find a race for him after he fell early on at Newcastle last time. He's won six times now and the dream is that one day he might be a Scottish National horse - he's nine now but I think he's still improving."
Nicky Richards-trained Parc Des Princes and Dougie Costello won their fourth race together when the bottom-weight passed 11 rivals in the home-straight to pip Ubaltique from the opposite end of the handicap in the Weatherbys Printing Handicap Hurdle.
Costello said: "He's never won for anyone over jumps and he's also won twice on the Flat. He's quite a character and when I said to Nicky he might benefit from cheekpieces, he said ‘don't you think he's won enough races for you!'"
Written by Gordon Brown