Wilson celebrates Musselburgh win

Hotham is a bit of a character pre-race but once the stalls open he always puts his best foot forward and he gave trainer Noel Wilson one of his biggest wins in the National Express Reserve Consolation Handicap at Musselburgh today.

There were plenty with chances two out in the five-furlong dash but Danny Tudhope sent the 7-1 chance into the lead well inside the final furlong to beat Foxy Music by half a length.

Wilson said: "He is a bit of a handful to saddle and I go to the start with him, but there are not many sprinters as consistent as him.

"He has been unlucky in his last two races and he deserved that, and there are plenty of other races left for him.

"He does nothing at home once I have got him fit, he is just turned out."

Alan Swinbank's Merchant Of Dubai continues on the upgrade and gained his third success of the campaign under a splendid ride from conditional PJ McDonald in the Play scotbetpoker.com Handicap.

The 7-4 favourite made all the running, staying on gamely in the closing stages to see off the challenge of Gordonsville and Double Banded by three-quarters of a length and a neck.

William Powrie, head of the Highland Racing 2 syndicate, said: "He is not a horse who quickens, so we said that he should go on if there was no pace and PJ did a good job.

"The plan now is to go for the November Handicap at Doncaster so we will see how we get on there."

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