A review of the action from Musselburgh
Last Updated: 22/07/14 6:40pm
John Quinn scored with another promising juvenile
John Quinn looks to have another smart two-year-old to go to war with in the shape of Musselburgh winner Moonlightnavigator.
The 9-4 chance, who fetched a whopping £230,000 at the sales, came out on top in a ding-dong battle with Henrytheaeroplane in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes to score by a neck under Philip Makin.
Quinn, trainer of Coventry Stakes hero The Wow Signal, told Racing UK: "He's a really nice colt that wants at least seven furlongs and maybe a mile in time.
"I love the early closing races but I won't be afraid to put him in a few nice contests in the Autumn."
Joe Fanning is riding out of his skin at the moment and continued in a rich vein of form with a double, first of all courtesy of Staffhoss (9-2) in the Arthur Mckay Handicap.
The Mark Johnston-trained four-year-old was ridden positively by Fanning and he stayed on best to beat Ellaal by a length and a quarter, breaking his turf duck at the eleventh time of asking to become the jockey's 1,800th UK winner.
The Irishman, whose double took his score for this month alone to 31, said: "I've had a few abroad as well but it's a nice number. I suppose it would be nice to get to 2,000 one day."
Fanning didn't have to wait long before he was on the score sheet again when Windforpower justified 5-2 favouritism in the Happy 40th Birthday Mark Bemrose Handicap.
The in-form pilot was enjoying his 1,800th UK winner aboard Tracy Waggott's four-year-old, who was brave in holding Pavers Star by a head.
Waggott enjoyed a double of her own in the Download The Racing UK iPad App Handicap courtesy of the Dale Swift-ridden Valantino Oyster (4-1).
Buoyed by his Beverley success last week, the Pearl Of Love gelding made all in determined fashion under a 6lb penalty and knuckled down well inside the final furlong to hold the fast-finishing Dhaular Dhar by three-quarters of a length.
The Spenymoor-based trainer said: "The horses are all running well and I don't know the reason - maybe they're just like us and enjoy the sunny weather. Valantino Oyster is in great form and has now won three of his last four races."
La Bacouetteuse (4-1) was the subject of the loudest cheer of the day when he landed back-to-back victories in the Download New Racing Uk Ipad App Handicap.
The Iain Jardine-trained nine-year-old had come back down to last year's winning mark of 65 and was too good for the in-form Maoi Chinn Tire inside the final furlong.
He tracked Jennie Candlish's representative under David Allan when the field of seven turned for home and simply outstayed the well-supported 5-4 favourite to record a two-and-three-quarter-length win.
Jardine said: "He needs a strong pace to aim at and got that today. He's a real stayer and grinds it out at the finish. He can be lazy but he keeps something back for the finish.
"My girlfriend rides him at home and she's great with him. He's won four times here now so clearly loves the place."
Allan doubled up when Shamaheart (11-2) defied top weight in the Watch Musselburgh On Racing Uk Anywhere Today Handicap.
The Racinguk.com/anywhere, 3 Devices, 1 Price Handicap went the way of Bryan Smart's Space Artist (7-2), holding off the heavily backed favourite Flash City.