A nice all the way win for yesterday’s nap Militia against the favoured Musselburgh near rail as we had hoped. Fortunately, not too many shared our view and an SP of 7/2 was a welcome treat. We’re going to stick to that Musselburgh straight course rail today too….
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NAP OF THE DAY: Quanah, (1545 Musselburgh), 1pt win, 3/1:
Yesterday’s winning nap again illustrated the high draw bias on Musselburgh’s 5f course and Quanah looks set to prosper. The 3yo had been consistent without threatening until going in on heavy ground at Hamilton last time. A 3lb rise is about rise for that narrow win, but a high draw gives him a huge chance of following up in a poor race.
Tor, (1615 Musselburgh), 7/2: a slog featuring two rivals who have been trained all season by Iain Jardine and have seen their marks slip by over 20lbs each in a season of failure. Shrewd has shown the biggest decline but has been well backed for this in a first time visor. But we prefer Tor, whose form is not quite as disastrous and who undergoes an even bigger change by moving stables to Marjorie Fife. If she can find a little of his old spark then he must have a big chance.
Donnelly’s Rainbow, (1650 Musselburgh), 9/1: one of our most regular blog picks of the season and has rewarded us with three wins. At his best at this tracks and should get the strong pace he loves to sit back off and come with a late rattle. Hopefully the ground won’t be too testing, and his finishing speed can swamp the early pacesetters.
Starplex , (1720 Musselburgh), 7/4: a 9yo veteran but started over jumps and hasn’t had that much flat racing. Last ran for the in-form Dalgliesh just over a year ago off 80, but has been a total disaster for trainer Kenny Johnson since. Returns now for Dalgliesh off just 60 and the betting market speaks volumes for the likelihood that the return to the yard will mean performances closer to the old 80 level than the 60 he is rated at here. Big chance.
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