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Musselburgh

  • 15:30 John Smith's Scottish County Hurdle 2m

  • (Handicap) £25,000 added 4yo+ 10 ran
  • Winner £15,640 2nd £4,620 3rd £2,310 4th £1,155
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 38.40s
  • Off time: 15:30:42

Leading figures are represented on Musselburgh's card

Last Updated: 01/02/14 1:28pm

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Tony McCoy: In action at Musselburgh

Tony McCoy: In action at Musselburgh

Most of jumping's leading figures are represented on Musselburgh's Cheltenham Trials Day fixture on Sunday.

The eight-race card boasts £137,000 in prize money and punters can look forward to runners from the likes of Nicky Henderson, Paul Nicholls, Venetia Williams and David Pipe ridden by A P McCoy, Barry Geraghty and Adie Coleman.

It's a meeting that has grown in stature since its inception a decade ago and Musselburgh general manager Bill Farnsworth said: "It just gets better and better and gaining Listed status for the John Smith's Triumph Hurdle Trial is confirmation that our hard work is paying off.

"Scottish racegoers really appreciate getting a close view of genuine contenders for the Festival and they tend to follow their progress over the subsequent weeks. This meeting is an exciting opportunity for jumps supporters to see quality performers in the flesh."

The feature race is the £25,000 John Smith's Scottish County Hurdle in which Strongpoint who goes for a Musselburgh hat-trick under old ally Peter Buchanan.

His trainer Stuart Crawford said: "He obviously likes the place and we will be trying our best to get the job done again. He's gone up 17lb since his winning streak began and Peter gets on well with him.

"He won a valuable prize over course and distance on New Year's Day and the hood he wore for the first time is retained on Sunday. His first Musselburgh win was over two and a half miles in December and he won that very easily although he's in better class races now.

"He likes being up there forcing the pace and that's a plus for the course. All being well he's going to be entered for the County Hurdle at Cheltenham in March."

Strongpoint is one of five course and distance winners in the 13-runner line-up and they include A P McCoy's mount Yorkist who is bidding to extend his winning sequence to four under the record-breaking 18-time champion.

Crawford also saddles top-weight Call Box under Hawick's Craig Nichol in the Conditional Jockeys' Festival Trial Handicap Hurdle and he added: "Along with Strongpoint he gave me a double on 1 January but the handicapper hasn't missed him and he's gone up a total of 17lb since winning at Perth in the autumn.

"He's in good form but he might find things tough with the extra weight."

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