Mowhoob was favourite when narrowly beaten at Musselburgh recently and can recoup the losses on the East Lothian track tomorrow.
The gelding netted both of his career victories so far on this track last summer and gets a confident vote to score again in the Blackrock Handicap (3.00).
Jim Goldie’s charge is a regular visitor here. Seven of his nine outings this term have come on this course and he never seems to run a bad race here. So far this season he has finished out of the first four on just two occasions.
Both his victories came over seven furlongs, but he showed on his latest start that stays a mile, so the trip should pose no problems.
He ran from just out of the handicap when third in better grade here last month and was sent off a strong favourite on his latest start. He looked set to justify the support when leading inside the final quarter of a mile, but was headed inside the final furlong.
The gelding rallied strongly though to go down fighting and is clearly in good heart. He is now 11lbs below his last winning mark.
By contrast, Rodrigo de Torres is climbing the ratings rapidly after completing a hat-trick of victories, but he can extend the successful sequence in the Kettle Produce Ltd Handicap (4.00).
The gelding made all the running to score at Catterick off a mark of 63 and followed up over this course last month before running his opponents off their feet again to complete the hat-trick at Redcar.
All three of those victories came over seven furlongs and he steps up in trip, while he is now a massive 21lbs higher than at Catterick, but is may still be on the upgrade and this track suits his style of racing.
Dad’s Girl opened her winning account on this track twelve months ago and can score again in the Partnership Challenge Handicap (4.30).
The filly was below par earlier this year but bounced back to form when third at Beverley last month and then finished second at Catterick before disappointing when only sixth on the sand at Wolverhampton.
That was an apprentice race and he young rider made too much use of her, going into a clear lead at halfway and then not getting home.
Her win came over the minimum trip, but all her best work has been over seven furlongs of late – the trip she tackles today and she can go well.
Pavers Star is another who runs well at Musselburgh – he has won twice over the minimum trip here – and he can shine again in the ECHP Handicap (5.00) which closes the seven race card.
Noel Wilson’s chestnut scored here last September and at Newcastle in the closing weeks of last term and was successful again on the Tyneside track recently when he dictated matters throughout.
He again forced the pace when a close third at Catterick recently where the softer ground may not have helped, but with better underfoot conditions now he can land the spoils, even if he has moderate draw towards the outside of the field.
Selections: 3.00 Mowhoob; 4.00 Rodrigo de Torres; 4.30 Dad’s Girl; 5.00 Pavers Star.