Chris Dixon's top tips for Monday: Rely on Magic to sparkle at Musselburgh

By Chris Dixon@cdixon82
Mon 14 Oct 2019

After a couple of days enjoying the final meeting of the season at York for Racing TV, I am back on duty with a trip to Musselburgh alongside Gordon Brown on Monday afternoon so I am focusing my selections at card plus I have also thrown in one from Windsor where there is an inspection planned for 7.30am. Best of luck.

1.20 Musselburgh: Wade’s Magic at a general 13-2

Wade’s Magic ended up being well beaten at Nottingham last time but ran better for a long way than the bare result implies.

In a deeper race than this contest and off a 3lb higher mark sporting first-time blinkers, Tim Easterby’s youngster set a strong pace and was travelling more comfortably than most of the field for the first two thirds of the race before dropping away as he got very tired inside the final furlong.

The pace he showed there suggests a drop to 5f will suit while this sharp track is also something that should play to his strengths plus the time of his Redcar fourth in August gives hope he’s better than his mark.

1.50 Musselburgh: Ugo Gregory at a general 11-2

A low draw and prominent pitch are usually an advantage over 7f at Musselburgh and Ugo Gregory looks like he could be in the ideal position to give himself every chance of picking up the winning thread again.

A dual winner at Nottingham in August, his progression halted briefly at Carlisle on his penultimate start, but he got back on track last time when returned to Nottingham following a short break to finish fourth in a competitive race.

Value for finishing closer having had a troubled passage that day, he still appeals as ahead of his mark, while the return to 7f could suit given the way he has been seeing his races out.

2.55 Musselburgh: Militia at a general 11-4

Militia capitalised on a falling handicap mark to break a ten-race losing sequence at Ayr last time and remains well-handicapped following a 5lb rise in the ratings.

His last two wins have both been at Ayr but given his early pace and front-running style, it means he appeals as the type to take to this track, especially with a stands rail draw in his favour in a race where he doesn’t seem likely to face much pressure for the lead.

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