Musselburgh tips: Raise a glass to Realtra and cash in

Andrea Atzeni riding Realtra to victory at Lingfield
Andrea Atzeni riding Realtra to victory at Lingfield
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The drinks should be on Realtra at Musselburgh tomorrow when the grey mare can give weight to all her rivals.

She lines up for the £40,000 Edinburgh Gin’s Fillies Stakes (2.50) which adds a touch of class to the card when several leading Southern yards will be represented.

The five-year-old has won six of her 20 races and is well versed in this sort of company, having won the Group 3 Sceptre Stakes at Doncaster last term. She signed off last year with victory in a Listed event in France and she was in action at the Dubai Carnival this spring.

She was last of six runners on her only start at Meydan in February, but that in Group 2 company and she returned home to land the £150,000 All-Weather Fillies and Mares Championship at Lingfield over Easter.

That was over seven furlongs and she was fourth in a Group 3 event on that track on turf last month. She is a rare runner on the East Lothian track for top trainer Roger Varian and can make the long trek from Newmarket pay off.

Bosham is a real speedster who has 11 victories over sprint trips on his CV and he was impressive when making all the running over the minimum trip at Catterick a fortnight ago.

The gelding has been raised 5lb in the ratings for that effort, but I reckon he can score again in the Edinburgh Gin’s Distillery Handicap (4.15). Smart apprentice Nathan Evans is the regular pilot – he has been on board for eight of those successes – and he does the steering again.

His 3lb claim comes in very useful and trainer Mick Easterby has his team in great shape.

However, Bosham can’t hang about as the line-up also includes Royal Brave who completed a hat-trick at Ayr recently after scoring twice over this course and distance in the spring.

But Royal Brave is climbing the weights, whereas Bosham is a lower mark on turf than the all-weather and that can play in his favour here. I expect another pillar-to-post display.

Sebastian’s Wish is another in great form, winning all three of his races since joining Scottish trainer Keith Dalgleish early this year.

A victory on the all-weather was followed by two wins on this course – the latest just a week ago – and even though he is climbing the ratings rapidly, he can defy top weight in the Edinburgh Gin’s Rhubarb & Ginger Apprentice Handicap (5.30).

He won over this 1¾m trip in April, so there are no stamina doubts and young rider Rowan Scott can claim a very handy 3lb allowance in this contest.

Rebel Assault was an effortless winner on his debut at Catterick and can follow up in the £20,000 Edinburgh Castle Stakes (2.15) before going on to even better things.

Mark Johnston’s youngster romped home by eight lengths on the Yorkshire track, making all the running in a fast time and victory tomorrow should ensure a trip to Royal Ascot later this month.

Selections: 2.15: Rebel Assault; 2.50: Realtra; 4.15 Bosham: 5.30: Sebastian’s Wish.