December 10th, 2018

Brian Hughes Blog: Five Rides at Musselburgh Today

By Brian Hughes

I’m off to Musselburgh on Monday for five rides.


12:45 – 1m7½f Maiden Hurdle

Nefyn Point, a full brother to Nefyn Bay, ran well on his bumper debut in April when finishing third, beaten by just over four lengths.

He is a nice type of horse who jumps well at home and I am looking forward to the ride on his first hurdling start.

Doctor Dex, ahead of my horse last time, is the one to beat.


1:15 – 2m6f Chase

Special Prep, a hurdle winner at Southwell last October, has run well for me on a number of occasions and may be able to get the better of his two rivals. Three runner affairs can be unpredictable, though.


2m – Handicap Chase

Monsieur Co showed improved form on his second start for the Keith Dalgleish yard, finishing third, beaten by under 12 lengths here two weeks ago.

Another step forward would allow him to make a race of it with Ontopoftheworld successful in four of his last six runs.


2:45 – 3m Handicap Hurdle

Craig Star, a winner of four hurdles, ran well at Kelso for me 30 days ago. He finished second of seven, beaten by two and a quarter lengths.

He is fit and well and hopefully the reapplication of blinkers will allow him to go close today.

Court Liability, on a fourtimer, is probably the one to beat.


3:15 – 3m Handicap Chase

Thyne For Gold recorded his second chase victory at Bangor 26 days ago, prevailing by a neck. This was a good effort as he was returning from a break of 475 days.

He should improve for the run and has an excellent chance today.

Elmono finished second at the track two weeks ago and could be the chief threat.


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