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Swing Bowler puts her unbeaten record to test

CHELTENHAM may have fallen foul of the weather but Channel 4's new racing team will still be in action on the first day of the year, showing four races from Musselburgh.

While this was not the start that the new Clare Balding-led team were hoping for, they will still be beaming live action in to our living rooms from the popular New Year's Day fixture at the Edinburgh track.

Some big name trainers have headed north in search of decent prize-money and ground significantly better than a lot further south.

Among their number is David Pipe who has four runners including Swing Bowler, who will be attempting to stretch her unbeaten run to five in the handicap hurdle at 2.45.

Pipe said: "She is trying to defend her unbeaten record and the better ground in Scotland will hopefully suit. She is best when fresh it seems, and the prize-money is good, so we are hoping for the best."

As well as Musselburgh they also race over jumps at Catterick, Exeter and Fakenham and on the Flat at Wolverhampton.

There is also racing in Ireland at both Fairyhouse and Tramore.


Catterick is heavy. It was dry overnight.

Exeter is heavy and after just 2mm of rain overnight racing goes ahead.

Fakenham is soft, good to soft on back straight. It was dry overnight after 2mm of rain yesterday.

Musselburgh is soft, good to soft in places. 6.4 on going stick. It was dry overnight.

Wolverhampton is standard.

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