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Harry Allwood's top tips for Monday: May the Force be with you at Musselburgh

Sun 11 Oct 2020

Racingtv.com's Harry Allwood has three selections for the racing action at Musselburgh on Monday - watch how his selections fare live on Racing TV.

Did we see next year’s 2000 Guineas winner in action on Saturday? There’s certainly a high possibility we did as it looked a strong renewal of the Dewhurst beforehand and the form of the National Stakes held up, with the first three home in that contest filling the one-two-three in Newmarket’s showpiece.

St Mark’s Basilica, Thunder Moon and Wembley are all now a best-priced 12-1 behind Battleground and although it was St Mark’s Basilica that came out on top in the Dewhurst, I would still be inclined to side with Wembley in the first Classic of the season next year.

To back that opinion up, James Willoughby’s analysis of the sectional times at Newmarket is worth a read:

Click here to view James Willoughby’s analysis of the group races at Newmarket on Friday and Saturday.

On to Monday’s racing action and I have selected three who ought to go close at Musselburgh, one of two meetings live on Racing TV.

1.30 Musselburgh: Ugo Gregory at 5-2 with William Hill

Uno Gregory struggled to get his head in front after winning at Nottingham in August last year until scoring in style at Ayr last month and backed that success up with another impressive display over the same course and distance last time out.

It was hard not to be impressed with the manner of his victory last time out where he travelled well and put the race to bed with ease.

It’s unlikely a 5lb penalty would have stopped him that day, so a repeat performance here will surely see him land the hat-trick, despite the additional burden.

One slight worry is that he has only had four days to get over those exertions. However, he has run well following quick turnarounds in the past and will prove hard to beat if in the same form on Monday.

2.00 Musselburgh: Makanah at a general 4-1

Patience will be wearing thin for the supporters of Danzeno who has gone close in numerous big handicaps this season without getting his head in front.

This looks a good opportunity for him to get back to winning ways and he comes out best at the weights, but with his odds looking skinny at 11-8, it is worth siding with Makanah.

The five-year-old was not beaten far in the Beverley Bullet two starts ago behind the useful Dakota Gold and although he was a shade disappointing at Doncaster last time out, he is the type to bounce back given his overall consistent profile.

Although he has to carry a 3lb penalty, he has won over this course and distance before and will give Danzeno plenty to think about if back to his best.

2.30 Musselburgh: Gale Force Maya each-way at a general 5-1

This looks a competitive race on paper, and a chance is taken on the consistent Gale Force Maya who went close in a higher-grade race than this at Newmarket last time out and deserves to get her head in front.

She has been placed on her past six starts, but I don’t think there is anything wrong with her attitude and hopefully the first-time cheekpieces will help her on Monday.

Her previous start at Pontefract behind the progressive Last Surprise was also a highly-respectable effort in defeat and a repeat of either performance will certainly see her go close again.

The step back up to seven furlongs should not be a hinderance either and she remains unexposed over this trip.

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