Patience can pay off for punters at Musselburgh this afternoon when One More Go is suggested as the best bet on the card in the final event.
The four-year-old has been placed in both starts so far for Yorkshire trainer Alan Swinbank and gets a confident vote in the concluding Watch On 3 Devices Racing UK National Hunt flat race (3.30).
He caught the eye on his racecourse bow at Wetherby early last month, finishing third in a big field despite showing real signs of greenness during the race.
The gelding was then sent off a hot favourite at Newcastle a fortnight later and was clearly expected to oblige with that initial experience under his belt, but he may well have run into a useful opponent in Virnon who had won in impressive style on his debut at Carlisle seven weeks earlier. One More Go was far from disgraced in going down by a couple of lengths and he will be carrying my cash this afternoon.
Royal Player can make the long trek from Minehead in Somerset pay off by taking the William Hill Kilmany Cup (3.00) for trainer Philip Hobbs and jockey Richard Johnson.
The latter returned to the saddle this weekend after a twelve day ban and rode a winner at Wincanton, while Hobbs has had only two runners on the East Lothian circuit in the past five seasons. Neither won, but Royal Player looks a promising chaser after opening his account over the larger obstacles at Ludlow just under three weeks ago.
That was only the six-year-old’s second start over fences, so there is plenty of scope for improvement and he was successful on two of his four starts over hurdles.
Johnson can initiate a double on Vision De La Vie in the preceding event – the William Hill the Home of Betting Handicap Hurdle (2.30).
Trainer Pauline Robson has her small string in great heart and this five-year-old failed by only a whisker on this track recently after taking the lead four from home and being caught only in the final strides.
The strength of Johnson in the saddle can make all the difference this time and Vision De la Vie clearly stays this three mile trip well.
Brian Hughes is having a great winter and should get on the score sheet with Jalingo in the opening Bellmont Wallyford Maiden Hurdle (1.00). A winner and placed half a dozen times on the level, he showed bags of promise when runner-up on his hurdling debut at Newbury in the middle of December.
Sent off favourite, he looked set to justify the support when taking the lead at the penultimate flight, but was joined at the last and soon headed to be beaten four lengths. The winner had some fair form on the level in Ireland before changing hands for 56,000 guineas, so that Newbury event could prove to be above par and Jalingo can recoup the losses here.
Selections: 1.00 Jalingo; 2.30 Vision De La Vie; 3.00 Royal Player; 3.30 One More Go.