The best is saved for last at Musselburgh this evening when Saxonette and Busy Bimbo meet again in the finale on a tea-time card and the latter can come out on top.
The Gordon Ansell Handicap (7.45) over the minimum five furlongs is a competitive event with the biggest field of the day, but Saxonette and Busy Bimbo look set to dominate.
Both carry penalties to put them at the top of the weights, but I expect them to fight out the finish just as they did over this course and distance five weeks ago when Busy Bimbo got the verdict by a clear-cut margin.
Alan Berry’s mare had just more than three lengths to spare and can confirm the form on 6lb better terms, for Berry has booked smart apprentice Joe Doyle who will claim a handy 3lb allowance.
Both have been in good form since that clash with Saxonette going down in a photo finish at Ayr before winning on this track last week when she beat Fine N’Dandy by a length. The latter re-opposes on 6lb better terms and must also come into the equation.
Busy Bimbo was placed at Haydock, Beverley and Hamilton before regaining winning ways at Catterick where Doyle did the steering. Apart from her two victories, she has been placed on nine occasions this term and can that consistency can help her prevail again
Sisyphus has been brought along steadily by Ollie Pears, showing promise in three maiden events before switching to handicaps and dead heating for second in a competitive affair at Newmarket where he was beaten just half a length. That was off a generous looking mark of 66 and the handicapper has hoisted him up 3lb in the Visiteatlothian.org Handicap (5.45),but the son of Halling can still open his winning account.
He was staying on strongly over ten furlongs at Newmarket and looks sure to appreciate the longer trip here.
Keith Dalgleish is enjoying another good year and can take the EBF Stallions Fillies Handicap (6.45) with Invoke who has already provided the Carluke trainer with three victories this term.
Dalgleish paid just 7000 guineas for the four-0year-old at the sales in April after she had won just once in 13 starts for Highclere Thoroughbreds and Newmarket trainer Michael Bell, but the filly has been a revelation for her current connections.
She was third twice at Newcastle and fourth at Chester before scoring at Carlisle in June. She was then runner-up at Hamilton before winning again at Haydock. Two more placings at Ayr and Chester followed before she won again on this track a month ago.
All those successes came over tomorrow’s trip of seven furlongs and she has climbed more than stone in the ratings since changing yards, but may still be on the upgrade.
Mark Johnston has a good record here and although Trafalgar Rock has been runner-up on his last four starts, he can go one better in the St Andrews Timber & Building Supplies Handicap (7.15).
The gelding was also second on his last start last term, but was off for almost a year before finishing fifth at Ffos Las in July. He was then runner-up at Southwell and has started favourite on his last three outings.
There may be questions about his resolve, but I feel that it is simply a case of lack of finishing speed which has been his undoing and he can recoup the losses this time.
Musselburgh selections: 5.45 Sisyphus; 6.45 Invoke; 7.15 Trafalgar Rock; 7.45 Busy Bimbo.