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Edinburgh Cup; Investec Derby; France/Scotland

Dal Harraild heads for the finishing line
Dal Harraild heads for the finishing line

Horse racing: Dal Harraild defied the more fancied runners to win the Edinburgh Gin Edinburgh Gold Cup at Musselburgh, giving trainer William Haggas his second success in the £60,000 handicap.

Pat Cosgrave rode the 12/1 chance to a two and a quarter lengths victory over St Michel with Regal Monarch finishing third.

The Newmarket trainer won the race in 2010 with Harris Tweed while Cosgrave had long been absent from the East Lothian course.

An estimated attendance of 6,300 enjoyed glorious sunshine, though it was not a day for picking winners. Ordinal (5/2) for Mark Johnston and the David Pipe trained Impulsive American (11/10) were the only favourites to oblige.

Alex Nicol of sponsor Edinburgh Gin with friends Susan Tait and Charlotte Lindstrom (by Terry Murden)
Godolphin’s Blair House, favourite in the 3-yr-old handicap was edged into second place (by Terry Murden)
Musselburgh – a bit of a spectacle (by Terry Murden)

Investec Derby

Harzand, who had been an unlikely starter ahead of the Derby because of injury, made a remarkable recovery to win the Blue Riband event at Epsom.

The Aga Khan’s colt beat off the challenge of US Army Ranger and Idaho, all three trained in Ireland. It was a first victory in the race for trainer Dermot Weld and jockey Pat Smullen.

Yet Harzand was nearly withdrawn just before the race when he was found to have lost a shoe, so that one of his front feet required icing.

Harzand had been fancied in the race build up, his odds shortening from 20/1 last week to his 13/2 starting price.


Football: Scotland were soundly beaten by France in the second of their double-headers ahead of the World Cup qualifying campaign.

A 3-0 defeat in Metz was the heaviest of Gordon Strachan’s regime and, as in the game against Italy, the Scots failed to muster a single attempt on goal.

Didier Deschamps’ team controlled a match which confirmed Strachan’s claims that the Scots were ‘scared’, but also lacked some basic skills which were horribly exposed last night.

The visitors were undone by two goals from Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud in the first 35 minutes and four minutes later by his club team mate Laurent Koscielny.

Team line-ups:

France: Lloris; Sagna, Koscielny, Rami, Evra (Digna 83); Pogba, Matuidi (Cabaye 69), Kante, Matuidi; Payet (Martial 46), Giroud (Gignac 63), Coman (Griezmann 46).

Scotland: Marshall; Martin, Greer, Hanley, Robertson (Mulgrew 46); D Fletcher, McArthur (McKay 83); Snodgrass (Kingsley 66), Maloney (Anya 46), Ritchie; S Fletcher (Naismith 57).

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