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Horse racing tips for Musselburgh: Angus McNae's best bets

By Angus McNae
Sat 24 Jul 2021

All my selections this week come from Mussleburgh which hosts the first day of the £600,000 Sky bet Sunday Series.

Three of my selections are trained by the in–form Grant Tuer, and I make no apology for that given the great form he is in.

He has had 30 winners this season and has been operating at a strike-rate of 24 per cent. I am very hopeful that those numbers will be enhanced on Sunday afternoon.

4.20 Musselburgh: Six Strings at a general 11-2

This gelding has been in good form all season. His latest second to Fairmac at Ayr was arguably his best run of the season and, from an excellent draw in stall one, he can record another success.

He may well have gone closer to winning at Ayr had he raced closer to the pace but, from mid-division, he was at a positional disadvantage plus the winner got first run on him.

That was his first run over ten furlongs, and he got the trip, but nine furlongs with a decent pace assured should be ideal for him.

He races off the same mark as last time (74) and gets the fast ground that he is most effective on. He is available at a general 11-2, which seems very fair.

5.15 Musselburgh: Gunnerside at 6-1 with Bet365

This horse has already won six times this year, and he seems to still be in tremendous fettle. He started winning this season off a mark of 50 and bolted up off a mark of 72 last time out.

He now races off 78, but even a 6lb rise unlikely to stop him. I suggest you watch his win at Carlisle last time out and I suspect you will be in my camp, once you have.

He cantered through that race and easily put his rivals to the sword having travelled all over them. He even idled in the closing stages before recording a facile length and a half success.

This is a tougher task, but he looks up to the grade given that he still seems to be improving. Stall eight is not the greatest of draws and this sprint track lends itself to trouble in running, but he has gears to exploit the gaps.

If he gets some cover, he looks set for his seventh win of the season. At around 6-1 he must be supported.

5.45 Musselburgh: Rising Star at a general 5-2

Marco Botti sends this filly to Musselburgh from his Newmarket base, and she looks to be the class act in this fillies’ handicap under top weight.

She was second to Spirit Of Bermuda at Newmarket last time out in a class two handicap, and now faces rivals who ply their trade in class fours.

Not only is this a big drop in grade, she is also an improving three-year-old from an in–form yard. Stall five is a decent draw on this sharp track and the 5-2 that is available seems to be about right, especially given her upwardly mobile profile.

She is a confident selection to run a big race here and dominate inferior rivals.

6.15 Mussleburgh: Lion Tower at a general 11-2

I am taking this gelding to overcome stall 11 and win for Grant Tuer. He ran a remarkable race in the Carlisle Bell last time out where he raced freely up with a strong pace yet kept on strongly all the way to the line to finish an excellent third to Chichester, plus was only just worn down close home.

He sported a refitted visor, which is left off here, and that seemed to fire him up and make him keen.

I expect him to sit in behind Fred, who is the likely front runner, and I believe that run last time out was a career best off a mark of 78.

Now with a 2lb rise to content with, he will have to be at his best again, and I believe he will be on fast ground that suits him at a sharp track that will play to his strengths.

At around 11-2, he looks to be a value play in a competitive handicap.

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