After a high quality four-day’s racing from York comes a quieter period before the St. Leger meeting from Doncaster and the Irish Champion Weekend from Leopardstown and the Curragh next month.
The market for a competitive six furlong handicap from the Yorkshire venue is headed by the four-timer seeking Betsey Trotter who runs for the high flying O’Meara-Tudhope combination. Of interest at a bigger price, is Big Les.
He runs for the Karen McLintock yard who have sent just twelve runners to Ripon over the past five years, with five of these winning and another three hitting the frame, and with one of her two inmates running there this season winning.
Her four-year-old gelding returned from a five month break with a close fourth off a pound higher at Pontefract in a deeper contest. Now running from his last winning mark, with all three wins coming over six furlongs on turf, he has to have a shout.
The North Yorkshire based Adrian Nicholls-yard have sent just one runner to Musselburgh. Sent off 5/1, their Dandizette landed a sprint nursery at the Scottish venue last month. They send Muhallab north of the border today.
He arrives after a highly respectable effort from a tough draw at Chelmsford, just headed late on from this mark under today’s jockey Andrew Mullen.
Having just his second start over today’s trip on turf, denied narrowly on the first last month, he stands a great chance of making it two-from-two at Musselburgh for his yard.
The three year old filly arrives here after a disappointing effort at Yarmouth. She was sent off 11/8 favourite there, and there looks to be some juice in her price today, particularly running for the Watson yard who are six from sixteen runners over the past year at Bath, with their last eight hitting the frame at least.
Twice a cosy winner at Ffos Las prior, including under today’s jockey Oisin Murphy, she never got involved under an apprentice last time. If reverting to more pro-active tactics, she can resume her progress and make it three-from-four in handicap company, running for a yard and jockey in flying form.
The treble can be backed at 190/1, best priced at time of writing.