Ueueteotl opened his account over hurdles at Musselburgh recently and looks set to follow up on the East Lothian track this afternoon.
The gelding was an all-the way winner in a junior bumper on his racecourse debut at Carlisle a couple of seasons ago and was later placed in that sphere before switching to racing over obstacles.
He made the frame on several occasions before finishing second at Kelso in April and was again runner-up on that track in the middle of October on his return to action after a summer holiday.
Only a five-year-old, he handled the step up to two-and-a-half miles with ease when taking command in the home straight here last month for a comfortable success.
The handicapper has reacted by hoisting him 9lb up the ratings, so that he has top weight in the 32red.com Handicap Hurdle (2.20), but Borders trainer James Ewart has booked useful young rider Dale Irving and his 7lb allowance will help to offset that steep rise in the weights.
Endeavour was runner-up over hurdles here last month and can go one better in the opening 32red.com Conditional Jockeys Handicap Chase (12.15). Nine of the gelding’s ten career wins have come over hurdles, but he opened his account over fences at Kelso in the spring when he scored three times in a six week period – twice over timber and then over the larger obstacles.
The eight year-year-old has been placed in four of his six races since a short mid-summer break and led four from home here at the last meeting, but was headed after the penultimate flight and out-speeded from the last to be beaten six lengths. He is clearly in good heart and although he steps up in distance on his return to the larger obstacles, he has winning form over just short of this trip and gets the vote.
His trainer, Dianne Sayer, can complete a double with More Equity in the Eastlothian.gov.uk Handicap Chase (2.50). The gelding has already scored four times over fences this year with three victories in the spring and a return to winning ways here last month. The 11-year-old has gone up only 3lb in the ratings and has only four rivals to cope with this time.
Stitched in Time sprang a shock when successful at 33-1 here last month and he, too, can follow up in the 32redpoker.com Handicap Hurdle (1.45). The gelding had been pulled up on his return to action at Wetherby, but clearly benefited from that season reappearance.
He made most of the running to score by six lengths a fortnight ago and, being a point-to-point winner, was clearly suited by the step up to three miles. He faces the same trip again and although he has been put up 7lb by the handicapper, he can make his stamina tell again.
Selections: 12.15 Endeavour; 1.45 Stitch in Time; 2.20 Ueueteotl; 2.50 More Equity