Pressure Point has been in great form of late and can put the bookies under some stress again at Musselburgh tomorrow.
The five-year-old was sent off favourite when only fourth on his reappearance here in April, but has won three of his five races since then and can land another prize in the £30,000 Archerfield Cup (4.00).
Trained by Keith Dalgleish, the gelding promptly recouped those early losses with a victory at Newcastle and then finished runner-up in a competitive affair at the big York meeting in May.
He returned to that track to go one better a fortnight later and came back from a six week break to finish fourth on the Knavesmire before landing a nice prize at Ripon, where he led over a furlong out and then held on by a neck in a driving finish.
That successful period has seen his handicap rating climb by some 22lbs and this represents his toughest assignment to date, but he is still on the upgrade and will again have jockey-in-form Phil Makin on board.
Makin has done the steering on all occasions this term and can be guaranteed to get the best out of the gelding again.
Spokesperson opened his account by the minimum margin on the sand at Wolverhampton just before Christmas and has done little wrong since then, winning twice and finishing second twice when switched to turf.
He was second at Newcastle in June before scoring at Ayr last month and he followed up in good style on this track last month.
The gelding handled the step up to a mile-and-a-half well on that occasion and can complete the hat-trick over the same trip in the Boogie in the Morning Handicap (4.30), despite racing off a 2lbs higher mark.
Joanna Mason has struck up a good relationship with Tapis Libra – trained by her grandfather Mick Easterby – and has been on board for three of the gelding’s nine victories, the last of which have come on this track.
The combination scored at Haydock and Epsom two years ago and Tapis Libra resumed winning ways in a race for professional riders on this track in May.
Joanna was back on board when Tapis Libra was fifth in a fair event at Newbury and then steered the gelding to victory in an amateur rider’s event on this track. They tackle an extra quarter of a mile in the Turcan Connell Amateur Rider’s Handicap (5.00) and get a confident vote.
Sir Mark Prescott is a rare visitor to the East Lothian track and his Dutch Heiress can make the trek from Newmarket pay off in the Independent Care Plans 20th Anniversary Nursery (2.00) which opens an interesting card.
This well-bred filly showed a modicum of promise in her first two races before finishing second at Kempton where she stepped up to 7f and she went one better over the same trip at Ayr recently.
The youngster made all the running and stayed on strongly and the form looks solid. The runner-up has been placed since and the third horse went on to score subsequently, so she will carry my cash.
Selections: 2.00: Dutch Heiress; 4.00: Pressure Point; 4.30: Spokesperson; 5.00: Tapis Libre.