Jockey Paul Mulrennan landed the biggest success of his career at York in the Nunthorpe Stakes last week and can keep up the good run with a double at Musselburgh tomorrow.
He has a decent record on the East Lothian track despite being injured here a few seasons ago and boasts a 13 per cent Musselburgh strike rate in the past five seasons.
He teams up with Bowson Fred for the first time since the gelding made his debut here last spring and can steer the three-year-old to victory in the TDC Waste Management Handicap (3.00).
Bowson Fred finished fourth here on his debut, but opened his winning account over this course and distance just over a year ago and followed up with another success at Chester.
So far this term he has been runner-up in three of his six starts, beginning the campaign by finishing third at Thirsk in April and was then second at York. He reared and lost valuable ground at the start on his next outing on this track, but came through to lead inside the final furlong before going down only in a photo finish. Since then he has run with credit in a highly competitive event at York before finishing second again at Thirsk recently.
The three-year-old gets little respite from the handicapper and is asked to run off a slightly higher rating here, but he has a decent draw and can land a deserved success.
Mulrennan can complete his double on course specialist Ralphy Boy in the Robbie Howie Memorial Handicap (4.00) . The of the six-year-old’s seven career wins have come on the seaside circuit. A bold front-runner he is happy at either a mile or tomorrow’s trip of seven furlongs and has already notched two wins this term.
The gelding scored over this course and distance in the spring and bounced back to his best when scoring over a mile at Pontefract recently. He will run off a 3lbs higher mark this time, but he may still be able to dictate matters and prove hard to catch.
Wor Lass has been in great form in recent weeks, winning four races in succession and the mare can extend the sequence in the Redbuild Handicap (3.30).
Ian Jardine’s seven-year-old was third over this course and distance in midsummer before winning an apprentice affair at Ayr in July. She followed up in a similar event on the same track a week later and then stepped up to two miles to score at Newcastle.
Since then she has obliged again on the Tyneside track and although she is now more than stone higher in the weights than when that successful stint began, she can progress again, especially as apprentice Anna Hesketh – who has been on board for the last three wins – will claim a very valuable 7lbs allowance.
Aleksandar has been runner-up in his last two starts and can go one better for Uplawmoor trainer Jim Goldie in the Download the Racing UK App Handicap (4.30). The gelding won over this course and distance last season and was runner-up recently at Doncaster before going down narrowly in an amateur riders affair on this course. Compensation awaits.
Selections: 3.00 Bowson Fred; 3.30 Wor Lass; 4.00 Ralphy Bpy; 4.30 Aleksandar.