Silver Concorde jets in at Musselburgh to initiate Dalgleish double

Wed 14 Feb 2018

Trainer Keith Dalgleish and jockey Brian Hughes enjoyed a double with Irish imports Silver Concorde and Delegate at Musselburgh.

Delegate, formerly with Gordon Elliott, ended Divine Spear's unbeaten record over fences with a polished display in the 188Bet Mobile Novices' Chase on just his second start for Dalgleish.

Running for the first time since a wind operation, Delegate (13-2) travelled nicely throughout before Hughes asked him to go past the pacesetting Derintoher Yank at the third-last fence.

Divine Spear was unable to get close enough to threaten the eight-year-old, who went on to score by seven lengths.

"He'd been travelling well in his races then going out like a light. We gave him a wind op and it's obviously worked," said the Carluke handler.

"It was the first time he'd been working well at home."

Silver Concorde enjoyed a cosy success over the subsequently disqualified The Road Home in a match for the Download The App Novices' Hurdle to win at the track for a third time.

The 10-year-old, who was with Dermot Weld until late in the autumn, won as a 1-6 shot should as he led from the eighth flight and cruised home by five lengths.

"It was good for Silver Concorde as obviously he got beat last time, so this will do his confidence a power of good," said Dalgleish.

The runner-up was thrown out after jockey Derek Fox weighed in 2lb light.

The stewards banned Fox for two days and fined trainer Lucinda Russell £500.

Visored for the first time, Mahler Lad (8-1) ran his rivals ragged as he made all under Lorcan Murtagh in the Enhanced Place Odds At 188Bet Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Chase.

Dun Faw Good tried to mount a challenge after three out, but he was shrugged aside by Donald McCain's charge, who scored by five lengths.

McCain doubled up with Nefyn Bay (4-1 favourite), ridden by his daughter Abbie, in the Champions League Betting At 188Bet Handicap Hurdle.

The well-backed Nendrum (7-4 favourite) won at the track for the second time this season when making all in the Play Betting At 188Bet Novices' Handicap Hurdle.

Jamie Hamilton was positive from the start on the Sandy Thomson-trained nine-year-old, who pulled out more when Charmant looked a danger to gain a three-length verdict, as the conditional rode out his claim.

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