Racing tip of the day
Ian Brindle believes that William Haggas' decision to send a team up to Musselburgh can be vindicated this afternoon.
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Heeraat 2.40 Musselburgh
Racing enters a new frontier in Britain today and while traditionalists have baulked at the idea of staging meetings on a day that has been sacrosanct for many reasons - the proof of the pudding will come from seeing just how many punters stream through the turnstiles.
Lingfield's £1m spectacular has certainly been given the full treatment as far as publicity has been concerned and they are likely to see plenty through the gates up at Musselburgh.
William Haggas sends two on the long journey up from Newmarket and he'll be hoping that HEERAAT can secure the petrol money and a little bit more.
The five-year-old is part of a small but select entry for the Borderlescott Sprint Trophy at 2.40.
Fast ground appears key to his chances and small fields are of little concern to him as he showed when seeing off Hamza (won earlier in the week) at Newbury in the Hackwood Stakes.
Morawij hasn't been at the racetrack since June though Roger Varian is no stranger to getting horses ready from substantial absences from the track. A third at the Curragh to Slade Power suggests him to be a very pertinent danger if he retains his ability.
Silvestre de Sousa is an interesting booking on Smoothtalkinrascal for David O'Meara and the Brazilian is likely to be bringing him through fast and late while front-running Tangerine Trees, won this last year but he faces a much stronger opposition on this occasion.
Should Borderlescott to win his "own race" he'd be completing a six year intermission between drinks. At 12 years-of-age, he's clearly not what he was though there is no deterioriation in his will to win. The formbook suggests that victory may not happen today, but every racing fan in Britain will hope that the old boy can come back safe.