By Brian Hughes
A full book of six rides at Musselburgh today.
Gentleman James, the first or two rides for the Dianne Sayer yard, seemed on his way to gaining a first success for me at Perth in May but was headed at the last and had to settle for second beaten just over a length. He has performed poorly in four runs since but a return to the form of early summer would give him an ew chance. He races off the same mark as when second and may find The Resdev Way from the in-form Kirby stable the main danger.
The Resdev Way from the in-form Kirby stable.
Good Boy Alfie, a winner on the flat, has finished third on both his hurdles runs. He put up a reasonable performance when I was on board in late September beaten just eight lengths. The experience gained in these runs should allow him to get right into contention on quick ground which he prefers. The stable is in excellent form and he should go close.
Needs To Be Seen, in first-time blinkers, looks the chief opponent.
Sporting Press, a bumper winner at the course in March makes his hurdling debut in this six runner contest. He has experience in Points and should be able to cope with the new discipline. He is working well at home and I expect a big run from an in-form stable.
Return Ticket and Normal Norman are the threats.
Born For War, who has his first run for the Dalgleish stable, had two runner-up finishes during the summer. Though he disappointed when I was in the saddle in a chase at Hexham twenty-five days ago. He reverts to hurdles and should have a winning chance if repeating his last hurdling performance.
He has most to fear from David John second at Kelso eleven days ago.
Chica Buena, is a three-year-old filly. She is going for a hat trick in her first handicap hurdle. Chica followed up her Ballinrobe victory with a good win for me at Sedgefield seventeen days ago. My big strong filly races off bottom weight and has an excellent chance of getting the three-timer.
Iolani on a potential four-timer is the danger.
Jackhammer ran well on the flat at Catterick in early October. He makes his handicap debut today equipped with a hood. A repeat of that run should give him every chance.
Lord Ferndale is the main rival.