Get ready to Rumble

  • By: Ian Ogg
  • Last Updated: January 1 2013, 14:45 GMT

Musselburgh steps into the breach on New Year's Day and the totequadpot At Hogmaneigh Handicap Hurdle is a fitting - and valuable - centrepiece for the day's action.

Rumble Of Thunder can pass the Musselburgh winning post in front

Swing Bowler is the obvious place to start with David Pipe seemingly sweet on the chances of the daughter of the wonderful racemare Lady Cricket who carried David Johnson's colours with such distinction.

She's sure to be primed to run a big race having made the long journey to Scotland and it would be no great surprise were her initial handicap mark to underestimate her ability.

Pipe is two from two with his runners at the course with Hunterview landing a similar handicap over C&D a couple of years back and everything points to a big run, but she's likely to be priced accordingly.

Ultimate was third to Hunterview in the Scottish County Hurdle in 2011 and has to be considered from a 6lb lower mark having run promisingly here last time but he's only managed to get his head in front once over timber and could be found wanting in the finish once again.

Ingleby Spirit is also 6lb lower than when a beaten favourite in last year's Scottish County Hurdle while Call Back is another sure to be popular but the one that takes the eye at a price is Rumble Of Thunder.

Philip Kirby and Richard McGrath teamed up to land a touch at Kelso with Stopped Out recently and they may be able to repeat the dose with this seven year old who is having his first start for the Yorkshire handler.

He was a stone higher when finishing last in last season's Scottish County Hurdle and is now 6lb lower than when winning at Aintree in October of that season and on the same mark as when picking up a Listed handicap hurdle at Market Rasen.

He's obviously on a decent mark on his best form and hinted at a revival on his latest start when finishing in midfield in a handicap at this track on his first start since October.

That run should have blown away the cobwebs and he looks capable of running a big race at rewarding odds in the hugely competitive feature.

Swift Arrow should be able to defy an 8lb rise for beating the useful Hazy Tom here last time as he looked to be crying out for this step up in trip that day but the Make It More Exciting With totepool Handicap Hurdle provides a more appealing opportunity with Monetary Fund.

Lord Wishes and Imperial Vic have won their last two starts and help to make the market for Venetia Williams' runner who has shown gradually progressive form since being stepped up in trip.

James Ewart described the former as the best horse in his yard but he appears no more than fairly treated on his handicap bow in a competitive race and Ewart has expressed reservations about his ability to handle testing ground despite the six year old running well on soft and heavy.

This is a step up in class for Imperial Vic but there are no concerns on that score for Monetary Fund who was still in contention at the last at Cheltenham before the testing conditions took their toll.

His previous run at Prestbury Park was one of the best of his career and, providing that latest start hasn't left a mark, he looks capable of running a huge race in a less competitive contest from just a pound higher mark in an event that promises to be run to suit.

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