Harry Allwood has three fancies on the first day of the Sky Bet Sunday Series at Musselburgh, live on Racing TV.
The £600,000 Sky Bet Sunday Series gets underway at Musselburgh on Sunday, with the first of three twilight fixtures this summer kicking off at 3.55pm.
The other two meetings in the series are at Haydock (August 8) and Sandown (August 22), and an extra £200,000 worth of bonus prizes will be up for grabs, including £10,000 to the stable staff from the yard that sends out the most winners across the series.
There will also be a £100,000 bonus paid to the owners of any horse which wins a race at each of the three fixtures, and the same figure will be awarded to any jockey who rides a total of seven winners across the three fixtures. The bonus will be split equally should there be more than one winner of either.
The racing action at the Scottish venue on Sunday looks competitive, as you would expect with over £180,000 of prize money on offer, and every race will be shown live on Racing TV.
I am hoping the three below will go close, and make sure you also check out Angus McNae’s selections on racingtv.com for Musselburgh on Sunday. Best of luck.
This filly showed plenty of promise when scoring twice as a two-year-old, despite not looking the finished article, last season and was thought good enough to contest a Group Two in Italy on her final start where she finished a creditable fifth.
Marco Botti’s youngster returned this season with an eye-catching effort in a 0-90 handicap as she started slowly and shaped as though she would strip fitter for the outing.
Despite facing some useful rivals in a 0-100 fillies’ handicap at Newmarket last time out, the daughter of Fast Company built on her comeback run to finish second, which is the strongest piece of form on offer here.
Surprisingly, she races off the same rating on Sunday and I expect there is plenty more to come from the selection who will be suited by good to firm ground, and her draw in stall five should not be a hinderance.
A repeat of either of her two previous starts would be good enough to score here, and I was slightly surprised to see her available at 5-2, especially as she is Marco Botti’s only runner of the day at Musselburgh and Ben Curtis, who has been operating at a strike-rate of 30 per cent at the Scottish venue this year, is booked to ride.
Eton College looks a shade overpriced at 12-1 in this competitive handicap, despite being drawn in stall ten.
The four-year-old was successful over this course and distance in April – when drawn seven – and is now a 1lb higher than that success which was in a 0-95 handicap.
This represents a drop in grade, and he was also successful off a 3lb higher mark at Leicester less than 12 months ago.
Mark Johnston’s charge has shaped as though he is in form on his past two starts, despite both races not being run to suit, and he tends to start slowly which is why I don’t think stall ten will be a huge disadvantage as he’s sure to be held up before attempting to weave his way through the field.
There is likely to be plenty of pace on with two potential front-runners in opposition, and that will suit Eton College plus Joe Fanning, who has a 28 per cent strike-rate at Musselburgh this year, is on board.
This improving gelding returned to form in style when producing a career-best effort on turf at Yarmouth last time out where he relished good to firm ground.
He has been raised 8lb for that win, but he is now 5lb above his highest-winning mark on the all-weather and his effort last time out proved he’s just as effective on turf.
The four-year-old hit the line strongly at Yarmouth, and I would be surprised if he doesn’t stay 1m6f in these conditions.
The only downside is his draw in stall ten, especially as he made all last time out. However, he isn’t reliant on gaining the lead and I expect he will be ridden with restraint to ensure he sees out the extra distance here.
Kevin Philippart De Foy’s past eight runners have all finished in the first three and Joe Fanning is on board again, so Hint Of Stars is worth siding with at 9-2.
How To Bet £20 at Musselburgh on Sunday:
5.45 Musselburgh: £8 win on Rising Star at a general 5-2
6.15 Musselburgh: £3 each-way on Eton College at a general 12-1
6.40 Musselburgh: £4 win on Hint Of Stars at 9-2 with William Hill
Plus a £1 each-way treble on the three selections
£6 win double on Rising Star and Hint Of Stars (general odds in brackets)
5.45 Musselburgh: Rising Star (5-2)
6.40 Musselburgh: Hint Of Stars (4-1)
£5 each-way on Eton College (6.15 Musselburgh) at a general 12-1
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