EDINBURGH owner Gerry McGladery saw his blue and yellow diamond colours carried to victory by Normal Norman in the Hogmaneigh Handicap Hurdle at Musselburgh on Tuesday.
Backed from 14/1 into 8/1, the John Ryan-trained Newmarket raider saw off 5/2 favourite Chica Buena by a length and three-quarters.
McGladery said: “You could say I had a little bit on but my wife has a share in Kelpies Myth who was fourth so I might be sleeping in the spare room tonight! He went close here in November and it doesn’t get any better than having a winner at your local course on New Year’s Day.”
Winning jockey David Noonan was completing a double as the Irishman had earlier scored on Hannon to open his account at the East Lothian venue.
Hannon was an impressive winner of the Betway First Foot Juvenile Hurdle for Irish trainer John McConnell and jockey David Noonan.
McConnell, saddling his first winner at the track on Scotland’s opening race of 2019, said: “We came for the ground and that was great – the form of his second at Down Royal looks strong and the winner and the third have both won since.
“I’d say we would look at the Cheltenham Trials meeting back here in early February when there is some decent prize money.”
Nick Alexander kept his good run going as Jet Master sprung a 12/1 upset in the Betway Hair Of The Dog Handicap Hurdle.
The 13-year-old was brought with a late-timed challenge at Lucy Alexander to pip 11/8 favourite Knock House in the closing stages. Gerry McGladery went on to complete a double when Lucinda Russell-trained Elmono landed the last in the hands of Derek Fox.
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