Musselburgh’s winter jumps seasom gets underway next week with a two-day fixture on Thursday and Friday, and National Hunt enthusiasts will have been keeping tabs on the early form of Scottish stables, writes John Budden.
Langholm trainer James Ewart and Willie Amos, based in the hills above Hawick, are two to have gone immediately into the notebook.
Ewart has a profitable strike rate at Musselburgh, and indications suggest that his team is poised for a successful pre-Christmas campaign.
Sacre Toi, a newcomer to his Border yard, was the subject of an infectious gamble on his seasonal debut at Newcastle last Friday, and landed the touch in the hands of Brian Hughes without raising sweat.
Musselburgh course winner Vosges failed to win for the Langholm stable during his intial campaign as a novice chaser, but Ewart insists the gelding was unlucky and will improve for the experience.
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