Godolphin primed for raid at Musselburgh

Saeed bin Suroor
Saeed bin Suroor
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Godolphin horses are rare visitors to Musselburgh but trainer, Saeed bin Suroor can land a double on the East Lothian track tomorrow.

The Newmarket handler has only had two runners on the seaside circuit in the last five years and both were beaten, but I expect him to take the opening event with Best Example.

The youngster was a bitter disappointment when finishing only fifth of six runners at Brighton a fortnight ago, but there were excuses as he totally failed to cope with the switchback track and I prefer to judge him on his debut effort at York in midsummer.

The colt was slowly into his stride on Knavesmire, but came home in eye catching fashion to finish fourth and he can take the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes (2.00).

Freddie Tyliki is on board and he also does the steering on Emirates Challenge in the following race, the Royal Regiment of Scotland Nursery (2.30).

The filly is the first foal of a mare who won the Group two Flying Childers Stakes over the minimum trip at Doncaster and so is bred for speed, but was slowly away on her first racecourse visits at Nottingham and Windsor.

Those two races were over the minimum trip and she clearly learned a lot, for she was quickly into her strider at Yarmouth next time and led until approaching the final furlong before eventually finishing fourth.

That was over an extra furlong and easy ground may have stretched her stamina, so the drop back to the minimum five furlongs will help tomorrow and now that she is much more streetwise she can open her winning account.

Bin Suroor and Tyliki also combine with Hidden Gold in the main event, the Royal Scots Handicap (4.15) and although the three-year-old did not race as a juvenile, he has already won twice over middle distances this term.

He was far from disgraced when finishing in midfield in a £150,000 event at Ascot recently and will go well, but I prefer the claims of Buthelezi, even though he has to shoulder top weight. A winner three times on the level in his younger days for John Gosden, this 300,000 guineas yearling then scored three times over hurdles for John Ferguson before changing hands at Doncaster sales in the spring.

Brian Ellison got him for 22,000 gns and the gelding has found his best form again in recent weeks, finishing a close second at Newmarket before winning in game style at the big Ayr meeting last week.

He has been put up 4lb in the ratings but is still below his winning marks for Gosden and Ben Curtis, who was on board at Ayr, again takes the mount.

Apprentice Jack Garritty is doing well with 30 winners so far this year and certainly looks set to follow in the footsteps of his dad, Russ, who was a top jumps jockey in the North for many years.

Young Garritty already has a ten per cent strike rate at Musselburgh and can add to that with a victory on board Irish Girls Spirit in the concluding Unibet Masters darts Tickets Apprentice Handicap (5.20).

The mare won event 12 months ago and there have been signs recently that she is about to strike form again, finishing second twice at Catterick last month. She has a draw near the stands Rail tomorrow and can make all.

Selections : 2.00 Best Example; 2.30 Emirates Challenge; 4.15 Buthelezi; 5.20 Irish Girls Spirit