William Haggas has a good record at Musselburgh and the fact that he sends one horse on the long trek from Newmarket tomorrow suggests that Nokhada has an outstanding chance.
Haggas has a 36 per cent strike rate here in recent seasons and has been on the mark this term with one of his juveniles, so Nokhada is a confident choice in the British Stallions Studs EBF Maiden Stakes (2.00).
The youngster carries the colours of Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum and cost 70,000 guineas as a yearling, but was sent off at big odds on his debut at Kempton last month. He took the eye with plenty of late work to finish fourth despite running green and the form looks solid for the winner scored again in good company at Newmarket and finished third in a £300,000 sales race. The runner-up has won both her races since, while the third horse home at Kempton was beaten only a nose in a decent event.
Nokhada is a half-brother to a winner in France and was much more prominent in the betting at Wolverhampton three weeks later when he stepped up to seven furlongs. Again he ran well, staying on into second place behind a youngster from the powerful Sir Michael Stoute yard. The switch to turf tomorrow should pose no problems for Nokhada who should also appreciate the step up to a mile this time.
Rose Marmara showed promise when third on her debut at Yarmouth and then finished second recently at Nottingham. The youngster is learning all the time and can land the EBF Maiden Stakes (2.30) for the powerful Yorkshire yard of Richard Fahey.
Mrs Biggs went into my notebook when finishing fourth recently at Beverley where she made most of the running and was still ahead entering the final furlong on that stiff uphill track.
It was only in the final 50 yards that she was headed and beaten in a thrilling finish with five horses spread across the track at the line. She led all the way when successful last term as a juvenile and has been runner-up three times this year. The three-year-old was caught in the dying strides at Beverley in the spring and has twice been narrowly beaten at Catterick in the second half of the campaign.
The filly is not drawn particularly well in the concluding Download the Racing UK App Handicap (5.30), but has the pace to get across to the inner before the first bend and will prove pretty hard to catch thereafter.
Flash City was successful here almost exactly a year ago and can repeat despite carrying top weight in the New Racing Uk Ipad Handicap (4.30).
All four of the seven-year-old’s career wins have been over the minimum trip and he was successful at Hamilton in June. The gelding has been running well this autumn, finishing third on his last three starts at Beverley, Nottingham and Wolverhampton and can oblige at decent odds.
Musselburgh selections: 2.00 Nokhada; 2.30 Rose Marmara; 4.30 Flash City; 5.30 Mrs Biggs.