Lucinda Russell trains treble at Musselburgh

Lucinda Russell poses at Carlisle
Image: Lucinda Russell: In good form at Musselburgh

A review of the pick of the action from Thursday's card at Musselburgh as Lucinda Russell hit a treble.

The Cobbler Swayne created a most favourable impression on his debut over fences when romping to an eight-length victory over Court Dismissed in the Racing UK Available Anywhere Novices' Limited Handicap Chase.

On the first day of Musselburgh's autumn jumping campaign, winning trainer Lucinda Russell went on to complete a 39/1 treble with Cobajayisland and Maraweh.

Peter Buchanan was delighted by the way the 15/8 favourite travelled and jumped and Russell said: "I'm really pleased with that. He was a bit keen over hurdles and tackling fences seem to have made him settle better.

"Chasing can take these point-to-pointers to a different level and he's a horse to look forward to. He enjoyed the ground and the track and we might come back here as the prize money is good too!"

Cobajayisland and Maraweh were both ridden by Derek Fox and Russell added: "We're just trying quietly to push Derek up the conditional ladder. He works ever so hard at home and he has a great feel for a race as he always puts the horses in the right place."

Callum Bewley was suspended for 10 days (November 19-28) after dropping his hands and losing third place close home on Solway Prince in the Watch On The Racing UK App Handicap Hurdle, won by Maraweh.

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Innocent Touch, the only one of four 'Touch' horses not to win on Ayr Gold Cup day when Don't Touch scooped the big Scottish sprint, got his head in front at the first time of asking over hurdles.

Under Brian Hughes, the Richard Fahey-trained raider got home by half a length from recent Punchestown scorer Winter Lion in the two mile Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Novices' Hurdle.

The 5/4 favourite is co-owned by Nicholas Wrigley and Kevin Hart and the latter said: "We've finally got the last of the 'Touches' across the try line. I'm originally from Middlesborough but I live and work in Edinburgh and I remember coming here during my student days."

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