Veteran stayer La Bacouetteuse ready for a repeat

There are seven races on the card
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La Bacouetteuse is back on his favourite track at Musselburgh tomorrow and looks set to land another victory at the East Lothian venue.

The gelding has registered four of his seven career wins on the seaside circuit, the latest coming just a fortnight ago and he can defy a big weight in the Tom Findlay 70th Birthday Handicap (5.00) which closes the card.

The nine-year-old stayed on strongly to beat a previous multiple winner over this two mile trip last month and then finished a solid third over this same marathon distance when making the long trek south from Ian Jardine’s Scottish base to Yarmouth.

He was sent off favourite there despite a 6lb penalty and looked set to justify the confidence until finding it too much under a big weight in the final furlong.

Jardine has booked top lady amateur rider Sarena Brotherton for the mount in tomorrow’s amateurs event and La Bacouetteuse will take a great deal of beating.

Teruntum Star went into many notebooks as a certain future winner when finishing runner-up at York on his racecourse debut and the youngster duly obliged 11 days later at Carlisle where he had a a length and a half to spare over the favourite Chances Are to whom he was conceding 5lb.

The latter has since boosted the form by going one better at Thirsk and although the Keith Dalgleish-trained filly has clearly improved, she may find it hard to gain her revenge over Terentum Star on the same terms as she did at Carlisle and Kevin Ryan’s colt gets the vote.

He cost 40,000 guineas at the breeze-up sales in the spring and is a half-brother to six winners, some of that at Pattern race level.

Tracy Waggott has her team in good shape and Whispered Times can prove best of her two runners in the EME Sweepstakes Handicap (3.00).

The seven-year-old has made the frame in four of his five starts this term and was runner-up recently at Beverley and Carlisle.

He really caught my eye on the latter occasion and the official assessor has been pretty lenient in leaving him on the same mark.

Mark Johnston does well here and can take the main event – the £25,000 Archerfield Cup (3.30) with Alex My Boy. The three-year-old showed bags of promise when runner-up on his only start as a juvenile and opened his winning account on this track on his reappearance in April. He then finished second at Newmarket before being unplaced in the valuable Edinburgh Gold Cup back on this track and at Royal Ascot before stepping up an extra quarter of a mile and winning at Haydock.

That was against his own age group and he takes on his elders here off an 8lb higher mark, but Johnston relies on him rather than two others he had entered here, so that is a tip in itself.

Musselburgh selections: 2.00 Teruntum Star; 3.00 Whispered Times; 4.00 Alex My Boy; 5.00 La Bacouetteuse