3.30pm Musselburgh tips for Wednesday’s race. Read on for our free betting tips, predictions and analysis.
IN SUMMARY: BLUE KASCADE loves it here at Musselburgh and rarely runs a bad race but is simply not able to repeat that form anywhere else. He has been out of sorts but has thus tumbled down the handicap accordingly and if he comes alive here as hoped he is thrown in at the weights on his best efforts.
1 BRIGHT PROSPECT – Pulled up twice in a row at Kelso and Wetherby before coming close to pulling off a 20/1 surprise at Perth for a two-length second to Jovial Joey when running on at one pace a little bit too late. Still a novice and open to possible improvement but top weight seems a bit much for a horse with one win over fences (over shorter at Perth) and a record of ninth fourth and fourth here at Musselburgh, the first two over hurdles.
2 NO SUCH NUMBER – Rolled off four wins on the bounce between May and June on Good going at Hexham three times and then Uttoxeter before finding his new handicap rating too much in both races since with a last of six at Stratford when weakening over two and three-quarter miles before a forty-three length fourth over two and a half miles at Perth. Dropped two pounds now but this trip may well be his undoing.
3 SWANTYKAY – Pulled up at Carlisle when last seen over two miles in mid-October, the Barry Murtagh trained eight-year-old had finished a twenty-two length fourth at Hexham on heavy going when seeming to weaken close home. His three career wins have been over shorter but he has run well over two and three-quarter miles in the past and has more chance of getting home on this ground though his stable are without a winner in the last two weeks which has to be of some concern.
4 BLUE KASCADE – Another pulled up last time out, in his case at Kelso over three and a quarter miles when tailed off. Sadly for his connection that was the third pulled up in a row but on the brighter side he does an awful lot better here with two wins from four starts (if we ignore a bumper), one each over hurdles and fences. He has also placed third twice so clearly comes alive at this track for some reason and may well recapture that sort of form to add other course win and is certainly weighted to do a lot better for the in-form Sandy Thomson stable.
5 CHICAGO OUTFIT – No youngster at the age of twelve and unlikely to offer up any more improvement. He did win a point to point at Overton in March but has been well beaten in two Hunter Chases since at Hexham and Perth, and although well-handicapped on his best form that was back in early 2016 and he may struggle to repeat that now.