By Andrew Atkinson

Tom Midgley rode aptly named Tommy’s Oscar, tipped by to land the Class 2 Hogmaneigh Hurdle at Musselburgh to wrap-up a third consecutive victory on New Year’s Day.

Speaking to Midgley said: “I was hoping to start the New Year with a bang! The race was straight forward and he did it well.”

Seven-year-old Tommy’s Oscar, a winner in Doncaster and Haydock Park, went to post with top weight of 11st 12lbs with Conditional Jockey Midgley claiming 7lbs to gain a six-length win over Christopher Wood for trainer Ann Hamilton.

“I was thrilled because he just loves it round here. We were concerned about the weight penalty, but we had Tom on to take a bit of weight off and he did a great job,” said Hamilton.

“We’ve got no plans just now for him but you never know because the horse is just so well.

“He was the best by a long way today, so surely the handicapper can’t be too hard on him, but we may have to find a race now at level weights, I think,” added Hamilton.

Northumberland based Hamilton, saddling her eighth win this season with just four horses currently in training, said: “The important thing is that they’re all running so well and the year has got off to a good start.”

Tommy’s Oscar (2-1) and Paul Nicholls trained Armour De Nuit (6-4) ridden by Bryony Frost landed the Betway Auld Reekie C2 Handicap Chase to return a 7-1 double.

Caption: Tom Midgley rode Tommy’s Oscar to Musselburgh win.