Racing: Brian Ellison man to follow at Musselburgh

Trainer Brian Ellison
Trainer Brian Ellison
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Yorkshire trainer Brian Ellison has a decent record at Musselburgh and looks the man to follow tomorrow when he can net a double on the East Lothian track.

Punters may have to be patient as both his runners appear towards the end of the card, Masirann can prove a sound bet in the concluding Belmont Wallyford Maiden National Hunt flat race (3.25).

The gelding was bred by the Aga Khan and his half-siblings were both very good on the level in Ireland, winning a premier handicap and being placed in Listed company.

Masirann was clearly too backward to run on the flat and was sold on before making his debut in a bumper at Cork in July last year. Sent off at 20-1, he finished runner-up in a big field despite his young female rider being unable to assist when her saddle slipped in the final furlong.

The six-year-old was having his first outing since then and his first for Ellison when sent off favourite for a bumper here just over a fortnight ago. He ran well to finish third, will be fitter now and gets a confident vote.

Saddlers Deal can initiate the Ellison double in the Bam Construction St Andrews Day handicap Chase (2.20).

The nine-year-old has three victories over fences to his credit and has also been placed nine times over the larger obstacles. The latest success came at Huntingdon in September after which he joined Ellison in Yorkshire.

He was sent off favourite when second on a return to Huntingdon in September and again headed the market when runner-up at Market Rasen at Sedgefield last month.

He is clearly suited by the minimum two mile trip on a level track, runs off the same handicap mark tomorrow and can go one better.

Ballyreesode notched two victories in Ireland in his younger days, but failed to cut much ice in eight runs last season after joining Mrs Susan Corbett in Northumberland, but bounced back when scoring over hurdles at Hexham in October.

He scored by a wide margin that day and although he then disappointed on his next two runs, he ran well when runner-up at Newcastle a fortnight ago and can give the trainer’s young son James another winner in the opening Saltaire Conditional Jockey’s Handicap Hurdle (12.05).

Thankyou Very Much scored three times on the level for the Middleham trainer and showed plenty of promise, although unplaced on her hurdling bow at Wetherby a fortnight ago when she made smooth progress to join the leaders turning for home.

The effort petered out approaching the final flight and she could finish only sixth, but she will have learnt from the experience and can open her account over timber in the Dalhousie Bonnybrigg Mares Maiden Hurdle (12.35).

The four-year-old was successful over ten furlongs on the level and was also placed times over that trip, so should have no stamina doubts now switching to the winter code.

Musselburgh selections: 12.05 Ballyreesode; 12.35 Thankyou Very Much; 2.20 Saddlers Deal; 3.25 Masirann