Local lad Andrew Mullen set to star at Musselburgh

Andrew Mullen. Picture: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
Andrew Mullen. Picture: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
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Local lad Andrew Mullen looks set to star at Musselburgh tomorrow when he can land the main event on Danzeno.

The four-year-old has yet to score this term, but the Breeders Backing Racing EBF Sprint (3.30) looks to afford him an ideal opportunity to get onto the scoreboard.

Tranent-born Mullen has been on board for all three of the gelding’s career wins and Danzeno made rapid strides last term when winning in Group Three company at Newcastle and finishing runner-up at Doncaster and Ascot.

So far this season he has plied his trade at the highest level and has been far from disgraced. He was a close fourth in the Group two Temple Stakes at Haydock on his reappearance in May before finishing third at Newcastle and then fifth in the Group One July Cup at Newmarket.

That was his first venture into the elitist of company and he was beaten just over two lengths before finishing sixth in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock where he led a distinguished field at halfway, but faded in the final furlong.

The drop back to the minimum trip on the East Lothian track should be just up his street and it’s worth noting that trainer Mick Appleby views this as a tune-up exercise for yet another Group One target – the Quipco British Champions Sprint at Ascot in a fortnight.

Invoke has been in great form this season, winning four of her ten starts and earning prize money on all his other outings. Two of those victories have come on this track and she can follow up tomorrow.

The four-year-old won at Carlisle in June off a mark of 71 and is 19lbs higher in the ratings now, but may still be on the upgrade, having won her last two starts here in recent weeks.

All four of his wins this year have been over seven furlongs and trainer Keith Dalgleish steps her up to a mile in the EBF Scottish Stallions Fillies Premier handicap (4.10) She has to concede weight all round, but she has been placed on all four occasions she has run over this trip, so stamina should not pose a problem.

She beat Pretty Bubbles by a length when favourite here recently and the latter is now 3lbs better off, but Invoke still gets my vote.

Mark Johnston has an excellent record here and can saddle Donna Graciosa to complete a hat-trick in the Robert Purvis Plant Hire Handicap (4.45)

The filly won over ten furlongs at Beverley in the spring and was runner-up at Newmarket and Thirsk before regaining winning form over a longer trip at Beverley last month.

She followed up in good style when favourite on this track two weeks ago and although he handicapper has put her up 8lbs for that she still gets weight from all her rivals because she is only a three-year-old and well treated by the weight-for-age allowances.

Noodles Blue Boy and Robert Dodsworth were denied only in a photo finish at Hamilton last week-end and can go one better in the finale – the second division of the Jan Arbuckles Birthday Bash Apprentice Handicap (5.45).

The nine-year-old has failed to score this term, but has been placed in half of his dozen starts and although he is into the veteran stage, he can show too much pace for this field. Indeed this is probably his easiest task for some time as he runs off the lowest mark of his career.

Selections : 3.30 Danzeno; 4.10 Invoke; 4.45 Donna Graciosa; 5.45 Noodles Blue Boy.