Local lad Andrew Mullen could be worth following at Musselburgh tomorrow where the Tranent-born jockey has some interesting mounts.
Shipyard certainly catches the eye and the six-year-old can score in the Heart of Midlothian Football Club Handicap (4.15).
The gelding sports some fair form in Ireland and changed hands for 14,000 guineas at Newmarket sales last week to join Mullen’s boss Mick Appleby who trains near Newark. He can make a winning start for his new connections.
The six-year-old is a half-brother to three winners and was bred by Darley but was too backward to make the track for the Dubai-owned organisation and was sold for just £1000 as an unraced three-year-old. Irish trainer Alan Oliver snapped him up and her immediately paid dividends by finishing third on his debut and then winning at Navan. Indeed, both his victories came over the minimum trip there.
Only last month he was beaten in a photo-finish when favourite at Down Royal and was then a close third on the Curragh. That is decent form and the gelding can land this prize before going on to better things.
Mullen and Appleby have prospects of making it a double in the Download the Racing UK App Handicap (4.45) with Katie Gale, but all four of her victories have come on the sand and I prefer the chances of Hidden Justice.
The easy underfoot conditions will suit the six-year-old whose five victories have all come with ease in the ground. He has not scored since netting three wins over hurdles a couple of winters ago, but was has been lightly raced and was runner-up in a competitive affair at York last autumn.
A return to that sort of form would be good enough and his latest effort when finishing strongly into third at Catterick recently – his first race for nine weeks – suggests that he may well be on the way back to his best. His rider, Philip Makin, is in great form and can initiate a double on Mambo Water in the Real Water Handicap (3.15).
The filly did not race as a juvenile and had problems with the starting stalls last year. She flipped over in the stalls when making her debut at Doncaster and had to be withdrawn and so did not have her first race until finishing sixth at Redcar at the end of October.
But she confirmed that she has plenty of ability by winning at Southwell a fortnight later. The four-year-old was favourite on her reappearance at Redcar a month ago and was always prominent before finishing third.
She headed the market again at Haydock two weeks ago and looked an unlucky loser, going down by a length after meeting trouble in running and can recoup those losses here.
Spokesperson won at Wolverhampton just before Christmas and regained winning ways when dead heating over ten furlongs at Ayr a fortnight ago where he looked all over the winner until joined right on the line.
The gelding made the frame in five of his seven races in between those two efforts and although he faces a step up in trip in the Arthur McKay Building Services Handicap (3.45), he should cope and has been raised just 1lb by the handicapper for that Ayr effort.
Musselburgh selections: 3.15: Mambo Fever; 3.45: Spokesperson; 4.15: Shipyard; 4.45: Hidden Justice.