Benefit in Kind can repeat win at Musselburgh

There are seven races at Musselburgh today
There are seven races at Musselburgh today
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Benefit in Kind landed his only win so far at Musselburgh a year ago and can stage a repeat performance there this afternoon.

The gelding lines up for the 100% Racing UK Profits Returned to Racing Handicap Chase (2.50) the very event in which he was successful – and he can collect the prize again.

The seven-year-old was placed in Irish point-to-points and showed promise over hurdles after coming to this country before finishing third on his chase debut at Newcastle last November when he made much of the running.

He turned out on the East Lothian track just ten days later and justified favouritism when opening his winning account with a victory over 20 lenghts although that margin flattered him somewhat as his nearest pursuer fell at the penultimate obstacle.

However, he was clear at that stage and kept on strongly, so there is little doubt he would have prevailed.

The gelding was sent off favourite again at Catterick last Christmas and looked set to follow before falling at the third from home and was on the side lines for a couple of months afterwards.

He was pulled up on his reappearance before finishing second at Newcastle in March when a mistake at the final obstacle may well have cost him victory. A six-month summer break followed and he needed the outing when fourth on his return to action at Hexham in October.

He pulled hard in the early stages there, but the outing blew the cobwebs away and he ran well when second on a return to this track last month, chasing home a useful winner.

The handicapper has actually dropped him a pound in the ratings for tomorrow and he gets a confident vote to go one better.

Gingili has won his last five races and looks set to extend the sequence in the Download the Racing UK App Handicap Hurdle (2.20) on his first start for Rose Dobbin.

The five-year-old won a point-to-point in Ireland before joining Donald McCain for whom he won two bumpers on this track last term and he scored twice over hurdles at Carlisle and Sedgefield in the spring.

He carries the colours of Paul and Claire Rooney who moved all their horses from the McCain stable during the summer and Gingili is now in Dobbin’s Northumberland yard. The gelding does not look overburdened off a mark of 120 on his handicap bow and should be suited by the 2m 3f trip.

Endeavour is well named as he is tough as teak and never stops trying and has won 14 of his 98 starts. He has scored over hurdles and fences and one of those victories came over the smaller obstacles on this track just over a year ago.

The ten-year-old was successful over fences at Cartmel in August and back over timber at Carlisle the following month and caught my eye when staying on into place back over the larger obstacles at the last meeting here.

He tackles a slightly longer trip this time and gets weight from most of his rivals, so stand by for another brave effort in the Watch on 3 Devices Racing UK Handicap Chase (1.15).

Richard Johnson is well clear at the top of the jockey’s table and can add another success to his tally with Myztique in the concluding Bet with your Racing UK App National Hunt Flat race (3.20).

The mare is trained in Ireland by Gordon Elliott and made a successful debut in a similar contest at Fairyhouse in January and the form is solid as the second, third and fourth have all won since then.

She returned from a summer break to finish fourth at Navan recently and should have no trouble in making the long trip from the Emerald isle pay off.

Selections: 1.15 Endeavour; 2.20 Gingili; 2.50 Benefit in Kind; 3.20 Myztique