7.40pm Musselburgh Tips & Betting Preview 26/05/2017

This is a Class 3 handicap over 7 furlongs, see our betting tips and the full race preview below.

IN SUMMARY: There is a lot to like about GLENGARRY and he can come out on top in this. He was a progressive sort last season and took another step forward on his seasonal reappearance by finishing second to a fair sort. He can defy top weight in this and go on to better things this season. Storm Cry could outrun her odds given she’s well-treated on today’s terms and her best form would give her a chance in this.

1 GLENGARRY – C&D winner who showed plenty of promise last season including a handicap win off a 9lbs lower mark. He made a pleasing return to action ay Ayr just over a fortnight ago and he’s likely to have needed that run given he’s been gelded over the winter. Better is expected here and if he improves again he is entitled to battle out the finish for a trainer in fair form of late with a 17% strike rate in the past fortnight.

2 LUIS VAZ DE TORRES – Won a decent handicap last time out at Catterick in a similar contest to today’s race. He was given a good ride that day and the handicapper has been fair by raising him 4lbs in the handicap to a mark of 81. Paul Hanagan takes over in the saddle today and he is another with a solid chance in this although he will need to improve again to win this.

3 THOMAS CRANMER – Got the better of some average sorts last time out in a C&D Class 4 handicap. He deserves plenty of respect for that run having been awkwardly away with signs of inexperience, even on his sixth start. He should progress again here in these similar conditions and whilst he has been raised 8lbs, he receives a weight-for-age allowance which leaves him well-in on today’s terms.

4 CHAPLIN BAY – He did well to score on his seasonal reappearance at Newcastle last month when getting up by a neck to score in a Class 4 event. He’s been held off 3lbs higher although he was only beaten 2 1/4 lengths last time out and a one pound drop in the weights will be welcomed by his connections. He’s more exposed than some of his rivals today and may be worth taking on here for a yard with a 13% strike rate at Musselburgh.

5 RALPHY BOY – One pound lower than his last career win but he failed to strike off this mark in a much weaker affair just 4 days ago and it’s hard to envisage success here. He was readily beaten at Carlisle in similar conditions to today’s and he’s likely to find this too tough against some younger and more progressive rivals. He’s likely to start as the outsider in this field and with good reason.

6 STORM CRY – Only filly in the race and Mark Johnston’s second runner is also well-in on today’s terms given her weight-for-age allowance. She’s shown some moderate form in a couple of stronger contests than this off 3lbs higher and she receives the aid of a 5lb claimer today which will certainly help her chances. Jockey bookings suggests she’s the second string for the yard but it would be no surprise to see her go close on these terms. Respected.

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