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FIRST FOR NICK; RACING: SUCCESS FOR YOUNG SCOT ON HIS 21ST RIDE Trainer opens account at Musselburgh.

Byline: By Garry Owen

NICKY HENDERSON broke new ground when Giorgio Quercus and Bellvano provided the master of Seven Barrows with his first winners at Musselburgh.

Henderson was in fact saddling his first runners at the Scottish venue while jockey Barry Geraghty was also having his first rides there.

Henderson and Geraghty were delighted with Giorgio Quercus' performance when beating Nine Stories in the John Smith's Scottish Triumph Hurdle Trial.

However, the Triumph Hurdle proper is not certain to be on his agenda.

Henderson explained: "I thought he would be better on a track like this than he was at Chepstow or Cheltenham.

"He is also qualified for the Fred Winter but I think he would probably better suited to either Aintree or Punchestown."

Bellvano remained unchanged at 20-1 for the Champion Bumper at Prestbury Park after his victory in the finale.

In-form Kalahari King justified 4-5 favouritism to win the John Smith's Extra Smooth Novices' Chase.

Ferdy Murphy's charge is a general 10-1 chance for the Irish Independent Arkle Trophy but ground conditions will determine whether he will head for the Festival.

Richard Guest is also keeping his fingers crossed for Cheltenham after watching European Dream win the John Smith's Scottish County Hurdle.

Shaun Harris, spokesman for Guest, said: "We'd love to run him in the County Hurdle.

"The problem is whether he'd get into the race - but that win might help.

"It would be a dream to go there and although he's won on a track like this, we think Cheltenham would suit him even better."

Alex Voy, from Haddington, gained the first success of his career on his 21st ride when bringing Strobe home in front in the Daily Record/Garry Owen Handicap Hurdle.


PRIZE GUYS: Local jockey Alex Voy, owner Patricia Carnaby and Alan Normile (right), husband of winning trainer Lucy, after receiving their awards from Scotland's top tipster following Strobe's win in the Daily Record/Garry Owen Handicap Hurdle at Musselburgh
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 2, 2009
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