Witness a big run at Musselburgh
Anita Chambers provides a tip for every race on Friday and fancies Donald McCain's Witness In Court at Musselburgh.
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DUNDALK: 6.15 The Firm, 6.45 Settle For Red, 7.15 Atlas Peak, 7.45 Doc Holliday, 8.15 Teodolite, 8.45 Hoe Hoe, 9.15 The Visitor.
MUSSELBURGH: 12.40 Katachenko, 1.10 Ballycool, 1.40 Pass Muster, 2.10 Witness In Court, 2.40 Solidago, 3.10 Kris Cross, 3.40 Coozan George.
SOUTHWELL: 12.30 Bonnie Fairy, 1.00 Tatting, 1.30 Munaawib, 2.00 Flying Giant, 2.30 Dame Nellie Melba, 3.00 Think, 3.30 Commandable.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 4.00 Quality Art, 4.30 Fat Gary, 5.00 Captain Mo, 5.30 STAR LINKS (NAP), 6.00 Ellaal, 6.30 Windsor Secret, 7.00 Secret Song.
DOUBLE: Star Links and Witness In Court.
Witness In Court was a disappointment on his fencing bow but should be given the chance to redeem himself in the 32Red Novices' Chase at Musselburgh.
A winner over hurdles, he was expected to take the step up to chasing in his stride at Kelso in October, particularly as he had previously won in point-to-point company.
However, he never really looked happy in setting the pace and was eventually pulled up three fences from home in a race won by subsequent Grade One runner-up Green Flag.
Something was clearly amiss but given plenty of time to recover from those exertions, Witness In Court could still prove a useful tool.
The valuable Kilmany Cup has cut up pretty badly and now looks a good opportunity for Lucinda Russell's Kris Cross to follow up his Ascot success despite a 7lb rise.
Just four runners will go to post after a really competitive affair looked likely at the five-day stage.
Nick Alexander provides the top weight Rossini's Dancer and the bottom weight Isla Pearl Fisher but those two look up against it.
That means the selection has most to fear from Donald McCain's Lively Baron and while on bits of his best form he would have a chance, he hasn't looked like winning on his last two outings and probably needs the ground a bit better than it is likely to be.
Only just seven, stamina won Kris Cross the day down south so any more rain would not be a disadvantage against some exposed rivals.
Star Links was possibly a bit unlucky at Wolverhampton last time out but compensation awaits in the Ladbrokes Handicap back at that track.
The eight-year-old was a staying-on fifth at Dunstall Park on his most recent outing after hitting a bit of trouble in running as the race started to get serious in the final furlong.
He had previously run out a wide-margin winner when triumphing by six lengths in a very similar contest to the one he faces this time.
Shane Donohoe's runner remains on his highest mark for some time but his recent fine efforts suggest he is still competitive and given he is pretty consistent on the all-weather, Star Links should put up a good battle once again.
Fat Gary is the choice in the Compare Bookmakers At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap.
He notched up a sequence of wins for Tom Dascombe in October and November, rising from a mark of 75 to his current perch of 85 in the process.
Two of those wins came over this six-furlong course, with a turf success at Catterick bringing up the middle leg of his hat-trick.
However, Fat Gary found life a bit tougher when upped a notch subsequently, having to settle for third after fading out of the finish in the dying strides.
That was still an excellent effort though and he was beaten just a length and a half, form which could be good enough at this slightly lesser level.
Ellaal snapped a long losing spell just before Christmas and can go in again in the Download The Ladbrokes App Handicap.
A winner as a juvenile for Charlie Hills, the five-year-old did not score again until dropped to a class seven event, where he won in fine style by three lengths.
That win should have done his confidence the world of good and while this represents a slightly stiffer task, Ellaal can finally start to shine off his lowly mark.
Mark Johnston had to settle for just the 216 winners in 2013, equalling his previous best, and Dame Nellie Melba can ensure the yard hits the ground running early this year at Southwell.
She hails from the family of Gateman and Lady Jane Digby among others and while she is short of that level, the Coral App Download From The App Store Handicap is well within her compass.
The Fibresand suits some horses better than others and Dame Nellie Melba showed she can act on it when winning by a hard-fought neck last month.
She had to survive a stewards' inquiry that day, too, but the handicapper has only put her up 5lb, which could leave a little to work with as she appeared to have a bit in hand at the line.
Munaawib is another with proven ability at Southwell and is taken to go well in the Ladbrokes Selling Handicap.
A winner at Wolverhampton in November and also second here, Munaawib has a relative splash of class in this kind of race.