Musselburgh stage their biggest race of the year as the highlight of Ladies Day tomorrow and Body and Soul can land the £100,000 William Hill Scottish Sprint Cup (3.35).
With a capacity crowd of 9000 expected at the East Lothian track, there will be fun by the seaside and Tim Easterby’s filly can go a long way towards paying the expenses.
The four-year-old was just touched off in the final strides of a highly competitive sprint at York a fortnight ago and she can go one better from an ideal draw near the stands rail tomorrow.
She had some outstanding form as a juvenile when her four victories included the valuable Super Sprint at Newbury and the Two-Year-Old trophy at Redcar and her career earnings are in excess of £360,000. Exactly a year ago she lifted yet another major prize at York before running with credit in a Group-three event on the Knavesmire last July.
Problems clearly followed for she was not seen in public again until finishing in midfield at Ripon in April and she then took the eye when an unlucky loser in a Listed event at Nottingham, where she was denied a clear run and hampered over a furlong out before storming home to finish third. There followed a disappointing run in the Group Two Duke of York Stakes, but that event was just four days after her Nottingham effort and clearly came too soon.
The opposition is fierce and the 17 runners are likely to be spread right across the track. They include Borderlescott, a Group One winner and just touched off in his own race here earlier in the season. Now well into the veteran stage, the 12-year-old still possesses a working engine and is at the bottom of the weights, so will be dangerous provided the does not encounter traffic problems.
Caspian Prince has won twice at Epsom this year and took the £62,000 first prize attached to the Epsom Dash on Derby day last weekend. He has bags of pace, but shoulders a 6lb penalty. Trainer Tony Carroll has booked top Irish apprentice Ronan Whelan who will reduce that extra impost with his 3lb claim and a draw bang on the stands rail could make Caspian Prince very hard to beat.
Tangerine Trees is another veteran with top class form in the past, especially in 2011 when he won the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket and the Prix de l’Abbaye in Paris. His last win came over this course and distance early last year, but he cannot be discounted.
Dinkum Diamond is a rare runner here for Berkshire trainer Henry Candy. The six-year-old was placed in both the Epsom Dash and the Wokingham Stakes at Royal Ascot last term and won a Listed event at Doncaster in March on his reappearance, but has plenty to do under top weight.
Newmarket challenger Masamah could go well, while Hawkeyethenoo is the only Scottish-trained contender. He sports a victory over course and distance, but it was way back in 2009 and he has not won since taking the Stewards Cup at Glorious Goodwood two years ago. Jim Goldie’s gelding struggled on the all-weather during the winter and has not cut much ice back on turf though, so Body and Soul will carry my cash.
Goldie and jockey Graham Lee could be on the mark, though, with Aleksandar in the Stobo Castle Ladies Day Cup (3.00) over two miles.
The five-year-old was third over course and distance last month before making all the running to win over a shorter trip here three weeks ago. He is 5lbs higher in the ratings, but stamina will not be an issue.
The Glasgow trainer can also take the M-Pact Building Services Handicap (2.00) with Mowhoob, who opened his winning account at the 21st attempt when scoring under Lee over this trip here last month.
Ewell Place has only two victories from 27 starts, the latest almost two years ago, but he been running well. The fiver-year-old has been runner-up at Beverley and Carlisle on his last two starts and can go on better in the concluding Gaynor Winyard Apprentice Handicap (4.00).
Selections: 2.00 Mowhoob; 3.00 Aleksandar; 3.35 Body and Soul; 4.00 Ewell Place