Horse Racing: Jockey one to watch at Musselburgh

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Apprentice Connor Beasley is one of the riding finds of the season and the youngster can continue his winning run at Musselburgh tomorrow.

A recruit from the show jumping world, he is flying high with 15 winners so far – seven of them in the past 15 days. One of those victories came on board Aeronwyn Bryn at Thirsk on Monday night and the combination can stage a quick follow-up on the East Lothian track.

The filly missed the break on Monday, but Beasley made sure he retained the advantage of a draw on the inner rail and quickly had her tracking the leaders before taking command in the final quarter of a mile.

The three-year-old scored over seven furlongs last year and handled the step up to a mile with ease.

She tackles the same trip tomorrow and can defy a 6lb penalty in the concluding 
Racing UK Home from Home (5.30).

Aeronwyn Bryn is trained by Beasley’s boss, Michael Dods, but other trainers have not been slow to latch onto the youngster and Brian Ellison has booked him for Scargill in the Investec Investment & Wealth Edinburgh Selling Stakes (2.40).

The youngster began his career with former footballer Mick Channon, for whom he won a seller at Redcar in April and was then runner-up at Bath before joining Ellison.

The colt was a good third in much better company at Pontefract on his first run for current connections and was far from disgraced when 13th in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot last week.

This race represents a steep drop in class, but has prize money of £10,000 – excellent for the grade – and with a claiming price of £20,000, Ellison knows he is unlikely to lose his youngster, so has clearly found a very good opportunity.

And although Scargill was set to give weight away all round, Beasley’s 7lb claim will nullify that penalty.

Dr Irv has been unlucky not to score so far this term, but his turn can come in the Boogie in the Morning Handicap (4.55).

The gelding would have justified favouritism at Ripon last month but for a poor effort from his girl apprentice rider who eased up prematurely, was beaten in a three-way photo finish and then fell off after the line – a performance which earned her a ten day ban.

He then finished sixth when favourite at Redcar and was noted finishing well when fourth in an apprentice event at York. That was over a mile and a half and he will relish the step back up to 2m this time.

Richard Fahey has a good record here and can get punters off to a start with Go Jamesway in the opening British Stallion Studs Maiden Stakes (2.10).

The Yorkshire trainer has a 20 per cent strike rate here overall and it is even better with his juveniles, while he 17 of his 72 victories so far this term have come with two-year-olds. A couple of his young stars made the frame at Royal Ascot last week and he clearly has a good team of youngsters at his disposal.

Go Jamesway cost 20,000 guineas is bred for speed and although he makes his racecourse bow, the Fahey youngsters invariably know their job right from the start.

Selections: 2.10 Go Jamesway; 2.40 Scargill; 4.55 Dr Irv; 5.30 Aeronwyn Bryn