Ifandbutwhynot answers questions with win at Musselburgh
David O'Meara could well be thinking of Cheltenham for Ifandbutwhynot (3-1) after his stylish victory at Musselburgh.
Last Updated: 14/02/13 7:37am
His wins over Eduard and Tanerko Emery earlier this season have worked out well and he brushed off a disappointing display at Sandown under Timmy Murphy, who made the long journey for just one ride worthwhile with a near three-length win over Ultimate.
Danny Cook was handed a two-day ban on the runner-up.
Murphy told Racing UK: "The key to him is if he settles. We slowed up mid-race and I was a lot handier than I wanted to be.
"I think all those competitive two-mile handicaps like the County Hurdle will be right up his street, he loves passing horses and I think he's better left-handed."
Paddy Brennan was another jockey to make the trip for just one ride and his was also a winner as God's Own (11/10 favourite) strolled home by 22 lengths in the Country Refreshments Novices' Hurdle.
The Tom George-trained former pointer had finished third behind My Tent Or Yours at Huntingdon last time out.
"He did it well. We've travelled a long way for better ground, it's good out there which is what he needs and it was a good performance," said Brennan.
"When I rode him at Huntingdon I was unbelievably impressed by My Tent Or Yours and I said after the race he was one of the best horses I'd ever ridden against.
"It was only a novice hurdle at Huntingdon but this lad proved today what sort of level of form we are talking about.
"I'll leave all plans to the boss but he's something to look forward to."
Formerly based in his native Northern Ireland, Ian Duncan now trains in Scotland and Golden Sparkle (10/1) landed a deserved success in the Country Refreshments Handicap Hurdle.
"She needs good ground and she likes Musselburgh. She's run over hurdles eight times and apart from the time she fell she's never been out of the first three," said Duncan.
"She's consistent and genuine and certainly deserved to win today.
"Graham Watters gave her a very good ride and she was going away at the end."
Lucinda Russell followed up a treble at Ayr on Tuesday with Wild Geese (6/1) in the Exception Limited 10th Anniversary Handicap Chase, her 50th winner of the season.