Jockey Fergal Lynch looks the man to follow at Musselburgh tonight when he can land a treble – all for different trainers.
Lynch has bounced back from admitting his involvement in “stopping horses” a decade ago which led to him losing his licence in Britain and he was forced to ride in a number of different countries worldwide.
But the BHA have relented and allowed him back onto British racecourses and this talented rider has seized a second chance with both hands.
Scots trainer Jim Goldie has been instrumental in helping to kick start Lynch’s career and has provided half of the jockey’s 28 winners this year. The combination can score again with Thorntoun Lady in tonight’s Wilkinson Associates Handicap (7.20).
A 115,000 guinea yearling, the filly was winless in 13 starts until dropping back to the minimum five furlong trip on this track at the end of June. Outpaced and behind early, she produced a strong run to take command inside the final furlong and proved it was no fluke by following up at Haydock.
That was off a 5lbs higher mark and she was again adrift at halfway, but produced a scintillating burst of speed to come home a couple of lengths clear of the rest.
The handicapper has raised the five-year-old a further 6lbs in the ratings, but she has a touch of class, being a daughter of a Group One winner in Argentina and is taken to complete the hat-trick.
Lynch can kick his evening off in style by steering Candy Hill to victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden Stakes (6.10) for another Scots trainer – Keith Dalgleish.
The juvenile cost 15,000 gns and is closely related to four winners and showed a modicum of ability on her debut at Hamilton in June although she was beaten a fair way in the end. There followed a much better effort when she was a close second on that same track and she was again runner-up at Ayr recently.
She kept on well under Lynch to be beaten just half a length despite flashing her tail and this looks an ideal opportunity for the youngster to open her account.
Fergal can complete the treble on Busy Bimbo in the finale – the Racing UK Profits Returned to Racing Handicap (8.55). The six-year-old has won only two of her 69 starts, but has been running consistently well of late finishing third twice – including behind Thorntoun Lady at Haydock – and then going down narrowly when runner-up at Thirsk where she was caught near the line.
It was a similar story again when she finished a close second at Ayr earlier this week and a quick return tonight can pay dividends – especially as she copes well with easier ground.
Phillip Makin is another jockey in good form and he can steer Koothrappali to victory in the Bernard Hunter Mobile Cranes Nursery (7.55).
The youngster hails from a stable whose juveniles are in top trim and was a promising fifth on his debut at Doncaster before finishing second on this track in June.
He was sent off favourite on his latest start at Beverley, but faded on the stiff climb to the line and can recoup those losses on this much easier track.
Selections: 6.10 Candy Hill; 7.20 Thorntoun Lady; 7.55 Koothrappali; 8.55 Busy Bimbo