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November 26th, 2018

Brian’s Blog: Who Should You Back at Mussleburgh?

By Brian Hughes


12:45 – 2m7f Handicap Hurdle

Triangle Rock, formerly trained by Mouse Morris, has his first run for the Dalgleish stable.

A maiden after eight hurdle runs, he has shown a glimmer of form in his last three outings.

He needs to benefit from the break and the change of scenery to get into contention today.

Main Threats

Hat-trick seeking Eric The Red looks difficult to beat provided he handles the step up in trip.


1:20 – 1m7½f Novices’ Hurdle

Cuckoo’s Calling, who won two bumpers for me in late 2017, makes her hurdling debut.

She is a nice mare and a transfer of her flat form to the smaller obstacles would give her an excellent chance.

Main Threats

Iconic Belle, a winner of four on the flat this year and Tokaramore look the main threats.


1:55 – 2m4½f Chase

Born For War, placed in all National Hunt sectors, ran well for me in a three-mile hurdle at the track nineteen days ago, beaten by just three lengths.

He reverts to chasing with a first-time visor fitted to spark some improvement.

Main Threats

It is a competitive contest with Asum and Something Brewing major rivals.


2:25 – 1m7½f Handicap Hurdle

Val Mome, an Irish Point winner has run well over hurdles for me on five outings with a win and two seconds.

He disappointed at Kelso last time out in October but hopefully will bounce back after wind surgery.

He is a genuine performer and despite top weight, I expect him to be in contention.

Main Threats

Richard Strauss won well on the flat recently and in receipt of twenty pounds looks a real danger.


3:00 – 2m Handicap Chase

Monsieur Co probably needed the run 16 days ago at Kelso, returning from a 202-day break.

He is top weight fitted with tongue strap and cheekpieces in today’s six runner handicap chase.

His on-track performance didn’t match his homework so hopefully, the additional gear works.

Main Threats

Cap St. Vincent and Civil Unrest look the likely challengers.


3:30 – 1m7½f National Hunt Flat

Glorious Lady, an Irish point winner, disappointed on rules debut when I was on board at Kelso 16 days ago.

She badly needed the run after a break of 195 days and should go close today.

Main Threats

The danger may be debutant Jo Cashflow.


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