MAOI CHINN TIRE has been in great form with three victories already this summer and looks set to win again at Musselburgh tomorrow.
The seven-year-old has won first time out for the past three seasons and overcame a seven-month break to win on his return to action at Nottingham just five weeks ago. He followed up on that same track just 24 hours later.
Four days after that, the gelding was sent off favourite at Redcar but could finish only second although the form got a boost when the winner followed up at Catterick and was far from disgraced in a good event at York last week.
After three races in less than a week, Maoi Chinn Tire certainly deserved a rest and he got a four-week break before returning to the track at Thirsk where he stepped up to two miles and stayed on strongly to win again.
He lines up for the Download the New Racing UK App Handicap (4.30) under a 6lbs penalty tomorrow, giving him top weight. Apprentice Joe Doyle – who was on board at Thirsk – is unavailable but trainer Jennie Candlish has booked another good 7lb claimer in Megan Carberry, who will reduce the welter burden.
Maoi Chinn Tire has risen 19lbs in the ratings since his return to action this summer and is set to run off a mark of 71 tomorrow, but he has won off slighter higher ratings in his younger days and is in such good heart that he cannot be opposed.
Richard Fahey does well on the East Lothian track and can land a double beginning with Henrytheaeroplane in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes (2.30).
The colt made 40,000 guineas at the breeze-up sales in the spring and is the first foal of a mare, who won in this country as a juvenile and was later successful at Group Three level in the USA.
The youngster showed bags of promise on his debut at Haydock, overcoming a slow start and inexperience to finish third to stable companion Lieutenant Kaffee, who had won his previous start and has run well in Group Two company.
The second and fourth horses at Haydock were also previous winners, so the form looks rock-solid and Henrytheaeroplane will have come on considerably for that first racecourse attempt.
Fahey can also take the concluding Watch Racing at Musselburgh Anywhere on Racing UK Handicap (5.00) with Ixelles Diamond, who will be partnered by smart apprentice George Challoner.
The filly showed promise when placed three times as a juvenile last year and opened her winning account on her reappearance at Warwick in May where she got up near the line to prevail in a photo finish.
That was over seven furlongs and she was then 5th over an extra furlong at Nottingham before finishing a close fourth back over the shorter trip at Carlisle where she was sent off favourite. She is back down to her winning mark tomorrow and, with Challoner claiming a valuable 3lbs allowance, she will carry my cash.
Eilean Mor has been in great form this year too, winning twice and failing to make the frame only once from seven starts. The gelding landed a last-gasp victory in an apprentice handicap at Ayr last week so avoids a penalty in the Download the Racing UK App Handicap (3.30) when he will receive weight from all his rivals.
When he won over this course and distance last month he was 1lb out of the handicap and the race was run at a slow early pace with a winning time almost ten seconds above the average, but he confirmed his stamina with that victory over a furlong further last week and can score again.
Musselburgh selections: 2.30 Henrytheaeroplane; 3.30 Eilean Mor; 4.30 Maoi Chinn Tire; 5.00 Ixelles Diamond.