Prepare for Cheltenham with Trials Weekend at Musselburgh!

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A multiple day race meeting including a Champion Chase, County, Triumph, Supreme and Stayers’ Hurdles as well as a Pertemps Handicap Hurdle.

Don’t worry, Cheltenham hasn’t come six weeks early. Instead, this weekend Musselburgh holds its Trials weekend. Here’s the lowdown on the two-day meeting sponsored by bet365, as well as the details of the bookmaker’s £100 bet credit offer available to all new customers. Be sure to check out our tips and analysis over the weekend, including action from Sandown and the Dublin Racing Festival.

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The main focus of attention on the first day of the meeting will be the two contests live on ITV. The Scottish County Hurdle over the minimum trip of one-mile-seven and the four-miles-one Edinburgh National Chase are very different tests but looks sure to provide some cracking racing.

2.05 bet365 Scottish County Hurdle 1m7.5f

There was only four-lengths between Sir Chauvelin and Ashington over course and distance on New Year’s Day. The latter meets that adversary on five pound better terms but Jim Goldie’s charge has an impressive four-from-six record at the course.

Those two are of definite interest, but the most attractive option appears to be Paul Nicholls’ Miranda. The mare took her record to three-from-five over hurdles when scoring readily at Kempton last time out. Ahead of a short priced favourite and a subsequent winner there, she has strong claims despite the nine pound rise.

3.15 bet365 Edinburgh National Handicap Chase 4m1f

A mammoth trip for the stayers in which a similar event at Catterick three weeks ago could hold the key. Three re-opposing rivals were in with a shout coming to the last at the North Yorkshire track, with Brian Boranha taking a fall there.

That left the race between Little Bruce and Sumkindofking, with the former trained by Philip Kirby running on strongly to record a three-length success. That was the unexposed eight-year-old’s second win in regional Nationals, landing the Cambridgeshire at Huntgindon in March. He looks sure to improve with the extra three furlongs and looks capable of recording back to back wins.


There’s something for everyone on the closing day of the meeting, with chases and hurdles contests for novices, a competitive handicap hurdle which serves as a qualifier for the Pertemps and a Listed hurdle for the Juveniles.

1.45 bet365 Scottish Triumph Hurdle 1m7.5f

After two underwhelming efforts in December after joining the Twiston-Davies’ yard from France, a switch to front-running worked wonders for Goa Lil last time out. The gelding travelled with real purpose to secure a cosy success from two well fancied rivals, the second previously placed in a Grade Two. That’s the strongest piece of form in the line up. Success here could lead to him pitching up in the Fred Winter, or even the Triumph proper.

The main danger may come from Thyme White, who has finished runner-up behind smart sorts in both runs over timber. He was no match for Goshen on hurdling debut but shaped more positively at Kempton next time out. He was ahead of Goa Lil there, and whilst that rival has improved since, Paul Nicholls’ charge does receive weight from him.

2,15 bet365 Scottish Supreme Novices’ Hurdle 1m7.5f

The older brigade of novice hurdlers are the focus of attention here in a trial for the Supreme. Simon Munir and Isaac Souede have another strong contender here in the form of Fred, who impressed when scoring at Kempton on Boxing Day on his third start for Henderson. Ahead of a couple of rivals rated in the 130s there, he brings a strong level of form here.

He faces a number of improving rivals here though, the pick of whom is Wild Max. Picked up from a German yard this winter, he’s justified favouritism in both starts at Taunton for Paul Nicholls. With Construct also unbeaten in both starts over hurdles, this looks set to be one of the races of the weekend and could have a big impact on the Supreme Antepost market.

3.20 Pertemps Network Group Handicap Hurdle 3m2f

Another race for hurdlers bidding to book their place at the Cheltenham Festival. Keeper Hill is a class act on his day, beaten narrowly by Frodon at Kempton last month. He returns to hurdling today for the first time since April when he finished third in a Graded handicap at Aintree.

Irish raider Fred The Foot gained his fourth hurdling win over three-miles here on New Year’s Day. He’s one of two last-time out winners in this contest, with Order Of Thistle landing a maiden at this venue last month. They represent the main dangers to Keeper Hill, but the top weight’s class could tell here.

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