Ben Linfoot heads to Musselburgh for the Sporting Life Daily Nap on Monday with James Tate's good form fancied to continue in Scotland.
Sporting Life Daily Nap, October 14
James Tate has a terrific record when he sends horses up to Musselburgh (has had five winners and five seconds from 15 runners) and he could improve it again when he runs TRIBAL WARRIOR in the Join RacingTV Now Handicap at the Scottish track on Monday.
In a race full of horses that look to be struggling a little off their current marks, Tribal Warrior is firmly on the upgrade following an easy success at this track last time out.
He was short of room that day but soared home once in the clear and won more than a little cosily at the line, so much so that a subsequent 6lb rise was more than fair.
That was 103 days ago and Tribal Warrior hasn't been seen since, but the form has worked out pretty well and his absence of over three months is of little concern considering we know he can go so well when fresh (his last win came on the back of a 375 day break).
With the Tate yard in great nick it would be no surprise if Tribal Warrior goes in again, with the one unknown variable being the likely soft ground as he's only ever run on an all-weather or fast turf surface.
However, I'm hoping that helps hold up his price and I'm sure he'll be fine in the Musselburgh mud given he's from a family of soft ground lovers, being a New Approach half-brother to Blue Monday and Rugged Cross - who both excelled in such conditions.