Donald McCain and his stable jockey Jason Maguire are regular raiders at Musselburgh during the winter and look set to land a double at the East Lothian track tomorrow.
Dispour was bred by the Aga Khan in France and is related to some classy individuals. The three-year-old was successful on the level in his home country and his dam is a half-sister to Arc and French Derby winner Dalakani, so it was no surprise that he was one of the top lots at the Arquana sales in mid-summer.
McCain went to ¤175,000 at auction for the gelding, who made a successful start over hurdles at Bangor early last month, and lost nothing in defeat under a penalty at Sedgefield three weeks later.
He is lightly raced and open to plenty of improvement. He will get the decent underfoot conditions he needs tomorrow and gets a confident vote in the Bam Construction Juvenile Hurdle (12.40).
McCain and Maguire can complete the double with Wilcos Mo Chara in the concluding event, the 32RedPoker.com Maiden Open National Hunt Flat Race (3.25)
The gelding showed plenty of promise in Irish point-to-points last spring, making the frame on several occasions before winning easily by ten lengths in May. He hails from a decent jumps family and McCain snapped him up for 23,000 guineas at the summer sales. The six-year-old can repay a first instalment of that outlay with victory tomorrow.
Biggar has taken my eye on a couple of occasions and can open his winning account in the Cornhill Building Services Maiden Hurdle (1.45).
Trained in Fife by Lucinda Russell, he was too backward to run on the level and joined his current yard for 33,000 guineas as an unraced three-year-old, but did not make his racecourse bow until unplaced in a bumper on this track in January of this year.
The five-year-old was runner-up in a similar event at Kelso in May and, although the heavy ground was against him when he made his hurdling debut at Carlisle last month, he still finished a fair fifth.
The gelding ran well when runner-up at the last meeting here three weeks ago and, with his stable in good form, I expect him to go one better this time.
Two of his half-brothers were useful over hurdles and his dam is closely related to an Irish National winner too.
Cadore carried the colours of the Lucy Normile Racing Club to victory at Perth this summer and can land another victory for the Perthshire trainer and her supporters in the Border Safeguard Handicap Hurdle (2.55).
The five-year-old was placed several times on the level when trained at Newmarket and won over hurdles for Lucinda Russell at Perth last year before joining current connections.
He was having his first run for almost two months when runner-up at the last Musselburgh meeting. He should be fitter now and runs off the same mark, while conditional rider Grant Cockburn – who has won him in the past – will claim a handy 7lb allowance.
• Selections: 12.40 Dispour; 1.45 Biggar; 2.55 Cadore; 3.25 Wilcos Mo Chara.