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Dave Nevison's Tuesday tips: Percy Prosecco can get us fizzing at Musselburgh

By Dave Nevison
Tue 23 Jul 2019

There were several winners to cheer in last week's columns and when Proschema went odds-on in running at Newbury on Saturday I really did think I’d hit the jackpot, but within seconds he emptied and we ended up not even getting the place money.

Still, if we can keep building up the tank, we will hopefully get a big one over the line soon.

Things are going to be fairly low-key until Goodwood and Galway next week, both of which I will be attending for a couple of days. I am looking forward to them, especially to making my debut at the Galway Festival.

2.00 Musselburgh: Temple Of Wonder (each-way at 12-1 with Betfair and Paddy Power

It's an unavoidable fact that this horse is a 14-race maiden, but there is a case for believing he shouldn't be, having met trouble in running on many occasions and spent a lot of his career running over a five-furlong trip which is patently too short.

He has had three trainers in his relatively short career, but hasn’t run at all badly for Liam Bailey who has booked an ace here in Danny Tudhope and hopefully that will bring about a change of fortune.

Temple of Wonder was behind likely favourite Juniors Fantasy at Hamilton last time and it may be hard to see a turn-around in form but he met trouble in running and was blocked on three separate occasions and Jack Garrity did not persevere.

There is set to be a decent pace here, which will hopefully give Tudhope an opportunity to get a passage through.

_4.30 Musselburgh: Percy Prosecco at 4-1 with bet365

Archie Watson tries this recent acquisition over its third different trip on his third run for the yard. The very able Watson got a win out of him over an extended mile and three furlongs, but then went over two miles subsequently. Based upon how he ran there I think today’s mile and three-quarter trip will prove optimal.

It also appears very likely that he will get a fairly soft lead here, with not many seemingly wanting to go on which is ideal for a front runner. He remains off a mark only 1lb higher than when he won two starts ago and I still expect Watson to eke further improvement out of this four-year-old.

5.00 Musselburgh: Alisia R at a general 5-1

A daughter of the speedy Holy Roman Emperor, she scored at 25/1 last time over course and distance, but the manner of her victory certainly did not look like a fluke as she ultimately scored quite cosily.

Can Alisia R repeat this Musse success under Izzy Clifton?

Her jockey Izzy Clifton is one of the finds of the season and definitely well worth her 7lb apprentices' allowance.

She scored off a mark of 46 last time, having raced from 1lb out of the handicap, yet is still eligible to run here in this basement 0-50 grade having only gone up to the ceiling rating. That surprised me a little as handicappers can seem to raise sprinters quite quickly when they suddenly hit winning form.

While a few of the old-timers up against here do have back-form in better-grade company, I will be very disappointed if this upwardly-mobile young filly cannot go in again. Should Jessie Allen turn out again after running well on Monday at Ayr she looks the danger.

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