DAVID Barron has already landed a couple of big-money prizes this year and can take tomorrow’s William Hill Scottish Sprint Cup (3.35) – the richest race ever run at Musselburgh.
The Thirsk trainer saddles three of the 20 runners for this £70,000 dash and the trio all have claims. All seven of Magical Maceys’ career wins have come over the minimum trip, but he pays a first visit to the dog-leg East Lothian track.
Bosun Breeze has plenty of experience here but I prefer the chances of stable companion Long Awaited.
The five-year-old really caught my eye in the Epsom Dash on Derby day when he was finishing strongly and denied a clear run inside the final furlong. He placed only 12th but was beaten just over three lengths.
He runs off a 1lb lower mark tomorrow and Barron has shrewdly booked smart 5lb claimer Jason Hart to take the mount. A low draw away from the favoured stands rail may not look encouraging, but may suit his hold-up style of racing. It looks a great race with last year’s hero Bajan Tryst set to race off a 5lb lower mark, while 2010 winner Hamish McGonagal will shoulder top weight. He has five course and distance victories and was placed in the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes and the Prix de l’Abbaye in Paris last year.
Flash City – runner-up 12 months ago – and Rothesay Chancer have both crept in at the foot of the weights. The latter has four wins here.
Lost in Paris won the sprint consolation race in both 2010 and the following year and showed signs of returning to that sort of form when winning at Catterick last week. Tim Easterby’s gelding has been raised 5lb for that latest success, but can still take the opening William Hill – Download the App Handicap (1.55).
Orton Park made a successful debut at Kempton back in April and was then fourth at Newmarket before occupying the same position in a Listed fillies affair at Chantilly at the end of April. She is closely related to six winners, including Knot on Wood and she can take the WilliamHill.com EBF Conditions Stakes (2.25).
Gandalak had winning form in France last year before joining David O’Mear and won for new connections at Newcastle in April and on this track last month. The colt has been eased a couple of pounds in the rating and can make amends from a much better draw near the inside rail in the William Hill New Ipad Handicap (4.10).
Selections: 1.55 Lost in Paris; 2.25 Orton Park; 3.35 Long Awaited; 4.10 Gandalak