All set to sprint in New Year

BEN ROBBINS  (light Blue) wins the New Year Sprint at Musselburgh 1/1/13'Photograph by John Grossick

BEN ROBBINS (light Blue) wins the New Year Sprint at Musselburgh 1/1/13'Photograph by John Grossick

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BORDERS athletes will be hot to trot next week at the 145th New Year Sprint which will be held at Musselburgh Racecourse on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Amongst many local runners gunning for glory are TLJT twosome Craig Gillan (7m) and James Park (10.25m), Selkirk’s Iain Douglas (8m) and Kerr Gerrard (10m), Seb Harrison (6.50m) and Eoin Luther (12m) from Jedburgh, Hawick’s Leigh Marshall (5.50m) and Dylan Ali (7.50m) plus Kelso pair Fraser Neil (7.50m) and Andrew Hogarth (11m).

Whispers drifting in from the Kingdom of Fife reveal that two former Morebattle Games winners Ewan Dyer of Pitreavie (6.50m) and Billy Martin of Markinch (11m) are shaping up well. A Fife dark horse could well be half miler Craig Robertson of Pitreavie who is off a very handy mark of 13 metres.

Sprint back marker is Edinburgh’s Morro Bajo (2.75m).

Ben Robbins of Edinburgh defends the title he won a year back from a mark of four metres.

The second day’s racing, sprint cross ties and final, is scheduled to be incorporated into the New Year’s Day National Hunt race meeting, which will be televised onChannel 4.

The 110 metres New Year Sprint, with a £4,000 first prize, will be supported by 90 metres Open, 110 metres Short Limit Invitation, 90 metres Veterans, 60 metres Youths and 90 metres Youths events. All the afore mentioned will be ran out on Tuesday. In addition there will be middle distance events with four furlong (880 yards, 800 metres approx) races in both open and youth categories.

In the event that the National Hunt meeting on January 1 is cancelled, the second day’s running will be held alongside the National Hunt meeting later in the month. Cancellation of that horse race meeting will not result in a further postponement of the running.