Musselburgh racecourse set for biggest-ever crowd

Musselburgh point-to-point jockey Robert Hogarth  with seven-time winner on the East Lothian track Soul Magic. Pic: ROB MCDOUGALL '''www.RobMcDougall.com
Musselburgh point-to-point jockey Robert Hogarth with seven-time winner on the East Lothian track Soul Magic. Pic: ROB MCDOUGALL '''www.RobMcDougall.com
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Musselburgh racecourse is set to pull in its biggest-ever crowd for the £140,000 tote-scoop6 Edinburgh Cup meeting.

More than 6000 race fans are expected to take in the action on Saturday, with the £60,000 feature race attracting the attention of the leading UK stables.

Musselburgh general manager Bill Farnsworth, who harbours ambitions of getting Channel 4 to televise the East Lothian track’s premier turf meeting in future, said today: “It’s our biggest Flat meeting of the season and that is reflected in the quality fields entered, the best of which will be heading to Royal Ascot.

“We have upped prize money by £10,000 this year and pre-sales are very good, so we are expecting a very healthy 6000-plus crowd, which will generate a great atmosphere on Derby Day.

“The big race from Epsom will be live on our screens and we hope as the Edinburgh Cup 
continues to grow in stature and prize money that we can encourage Channel 4 to give us a berth in their coverage and provide racing fans with a superb Derby Day Scotland-England double feature.”

Northern-based trainers such as Mark Johnston are prepared to fend off challenges from further travelled stables on Saturday and having landed two winners in the four previous Edinburgh Cups (Eternal Heart 2011, Scatter Dice 2012) he is making a concerted effort for a hat trick of titles.

The Middleham trainer has entered no less than six runners at the five day stage and the pick of the select half dozen would appear to be Alex My Boy and Blue Atlantic.

Gates open at 11.30am on Saturday and first race is off at 1.50pm.

Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills will provide post racing entertainment after the last race which is at 5.40pm.

For further information visit www.musselburgh-racecourse.co.uk