Just the four line up for today’s feature at Musselburgh, the Kilmany Cup run over 1m7f. Read on for our expert’s thoughts and betting tips.
IN SUMMARY: This looks an open race with such a small field and all have a case to be made for them. The selection OLIVER’S GOLD ran a fine second at Doncaster last month from a sliding mark since winning back to back chases last year and he will appreciate the quicker ground today. His yard are in sparkling form and despite facing some smart rivals, two of whom are bidding for hat-tricks, he could be dangerous to discount with conditions to suit.
1 Fair Loch – Bumper/Hurdles winner in minor events up to 2m on varying ground. Ran out a decisive winner on only his second start over the larger obstacles when scoring by eleven lengths in a Class 4 at Ayr (Good/Soft) 71 days ago. That should stand him in good stead for this step up in grade over a shorter trip but he has been put 10lb for that win and might just struggle from top weight against some useful rivals.
2 Mixboy – Won a fair handicap hurdle at Sedgefield last Winter in a race that has thrown up some hurdles/chase winners since. Made a good start over fences when a wide-margin winner at Cartmel (Good) in July and followed up in a similar race next time out form an unchanged mark by six lengths returned to Sedgefield (Good). 5lb higher mark for this and has saved his best for left-handed tracks so this may not suit on his first try on this course.
3 Oliver’s Gold – Hasn’t won since landing back to back handicap chases at Wetherby (Good) and Ayr (Good/Soft) last fourteen months ago over this trip having been awarded a mark of 132 and has posted some fair efforts up to Class 2 company since. Improved on his first run this term to finish a neck second at Doncaster (Good/Soft) in better company having seen his mark slide down to 122. Up 2lb now and should go close today with his yard in fine form at the moment and better ground forecast.
4 Thankyou Very Much – Flat/Hurdles winner who got off the mark over fences on her third start when scoring on this course over 2m (Good/Soft) in November by seven lengths and followed that up from a 7lb higher mark to win even more impressively by eleven lengths at Leicester (Firm) at the start of last month. Has gone up 14lb since the start of those wins and this is another step up in class today.