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  • 14:30 John Smith's Scottish Triumph Hurdle Trial 2m

  • (Listed Juvenile Hurdle) £20,000 added 4yo 8 ran
  • Winner £11,390 2nd £4,274 3rd £2,140 4th £1,066
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 51.60s
  • Off time: 14:30:35

Ferguson pair in Triumph Trial

Last Updated: 31/01/14 6:17pm

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John Ferguson: Doubly represented

John Ferguson: Doubly represented

The John Smith's Scottish Triumph Hurdle Trial at Musselburgh on Sunday has attracted a most competitive line-up with a field of eight, including two from John Ferguson's yard.

Broughton looks the first string after his second to Fox Norton in a good race at Doncaster, while stablemate Hawker makes his hurdling debut.

Gordon Elliott sends Clarcam over from Ireland having been placed in Graded company on his last two outings.

The four-year-old gelding will share a ferry with Robbie Hennessy's Space Ship.

Trained by John Gosden on the level, his new connections paid 130,000 guineas for the four-year-old, who was a fine fifth in a hot contest on debut at Leopardstown over Christmas.

Hennessy said: "I've had this race in mind for about a month and I sent another runner over a few weeks ago (Mister First) just to test the water and I was happy with everything.

"He's a nice horse, but this is a decent race.

"I was thrilled with his debut. He hadn't been gelded that long so wasn't fully fit.

"If he was (fully fit) he'd probably have been third behind Plinth, who runs in a Grade One next week, and Ivan Grozny, who hacked up recently.

"This will give us an idea of where we should be going. We are taking Gordon's horse over with ours and Gordon is thinking of the Fred Winter for his.

"Mine will be put in that, but he's also in the Triumph.

"I've booked Sam Twiston-Davies because he's the best up-and-coming jockey in England, for me. Andrew Lynch would have ridden but has to ride in Ireland."

Michael Smith is represented by Most Honourable and warns punters not to underestimate his charge.

"He's no mug. I shouldn't have run him at Catterick the last day. The ground was atrocious, he got stuck in the mud," said the Northumberland handler.

"I see he's the outsider of them all but I think he's pretty decent."

Henderson runs Adeupas D'Ycy, who makes his hurdling bow after finishing second in a Listed bumper at Cheltenham on New Year's Day.

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