Swaheen did not get the best of passages on his last visit to Musselburgh, but can enjoy better luck on the East Lothian track tomorrow.
The gelding finished only fifth here in June, but was staying on strongly when hampered inside the final furlong and would definitely have finished much closer with a clear run, so gets a confident vote in the Caledonian Cup (6.25).
Trained in Yorkshire by Julie Camacho, he was a ready winner at Redcar over nine furlongs on his reappearance in April and has turned in a series of creditable efforts since then after being stepped up in trip.
He finished third in a competitive affair at York over this course and distance in June before that effort here in the valuable Edinburgh Cup and then romped home by seven lengths on a return to Redcar
The three-year-old got a 10lb hike in the ratings for that success, but ran well off his new mark when fourth at Doncaster and was third on his latest outing at Catterick when fitted with a hood for the first time. The handicapper has put him up another 3lb for that effort, but smart apprentice Joe Doyle takes the mount and Swaheen can put his finishing pace to good use.
Jebel Tara has netted three of his ten career wins on this track and can add to that record despite being set to concede weight all round in the finale – the Around the Ragged Racecourse Rachel Ralston Ran Handicap (7.25).
The ten-year-old has been in great form of late, completing a hat-trick of victories at Carlisle, Redcar and Newcastle in a three-week period. All those successes came over six furlongs, but his course victories here have been over further, so this seven-furlong trip holds no terrors.
That recent string of wins has increased his rating by 11lb but trainer Alan brown has booked apprentice Jordan Vaughan who can claim a handy 5lb allowance and that should be a big help.
First Party has not been seen since tailing off in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot where Mark Johnston’s filly clearly had a problem, but she had earlier made a winning debut at Nottingham. Her trainer has a good record here and his team of juveniles have been doing extremely well this term, so she can bounce back to winning ways in the Flying Scotsman Nursery (5.25).
Johnston is a qualified vet and would not be running her here if all was not well again and she could be quite well handicapped off a mark of 69 in this five-furlong sprint.
She is closely related to five winners and cost 37,000 guineas at the breeze-up sales in the spring and could well have a decent future.
Johnston and jockey Joe Fanning can initiate a double with Atlantic Affair in the EBF Scottish Premier Series Fillies Handicap (4.50).
The four-year-old was runner-up here in May and second again at Leicester in mid-summer before justifying favouritism over nine furlongs on this track in July and followed up in good style at Newmarket just three days later.
She then finished last at Ripon, but it transpired she had picked up a minor injury when struck into during that race and proved her fitness when a close fourth on the sand at Chelmsford at the end of last month.
Selections: 4.50 Atlantic Affair; 5.25 First Party; 6.25 Swaheen; 7.25 Jebel Tara.