Top trainer with 41% Musselburgh strike rate sends three 800 miles on Sunday

A Sunday on ITV Racing is always a pleasure. The second day of the Dublin Racing Festival from Leopardstown will be the focus for many but Musselburgh also field a second day of Cheltenham trials. There is a Fibresand meeting at Southwell for those who are on the lookout for flat action from our free horse racing tips.

It isn’t often that Paul Nicholls ventures up to Musselburgh but when he does, the yard are worth following. A remarkable 41% strike rate at the Scottish track from the last five years has seen 16 winners from 39 runners for a level stakes profit of £12.28. Nicholls has three runners on the Sunday card, with some strong chances to boot.

1.55 Musselburgh – bet365 Scottish Triumph Hurdle

A smart type on the flat for Simon and Ed Crisford, Wise Glory makes his hurdling debut, now in the care of Nicholls. The yard have run four in this particular race in the last decade for form of 1121, the runner-up behind a 1/5 favourite so faced an uphill task.

It has to be interesting that Nicholls has chosen this race as the opening salvo for Wise Glory given that record. He showed form on good to firm all the way though to heavy on the flat so conditions will be fine, with his best runs coming right-handed which is a clear plus.

2.25 Musselburgh – bet365 Scottish Stayers Novices’ Hurdle

A perfect 2/2 over hurdles, the only defeat for Threeunderthrufive came when taking on one who already had experience on his debut and that one has won a Listed handicap off 136. He has taken a step forward on RPR’s with each start, his best coming at Ludlow last time, a similarly sharp, right-handed track.

That was on good ground but he had scored on at Chepstow on heavy in a bumper and things won’t be as deep as that here. This will be his stiffest task on a return from almost three months off but he clearly needs a huge amount of respect.

4.25 Musselburgh – bet365 Handicap Hurdle

A winner on her debut under rules at Wincanton, things have not really gone on from there for Get The Appeal. She does her best work going this way round and proved herself on slower ground at Taunton last time out. There are not many miles on the clock so she does need better to defy a mark of 110. It wouldn’t be a big surprise to see her achieve it, however.

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