14:25 Musselburgh Wed 7 November 2018
Lightly-raced in 2018, and his moderate run at Cartmel (3m1f+) can probably be excused; has won over fences here, so the combination of a reduced mark and trip on quick ground at a sharp track should make him far more competitive.
Placed off a 2lb higher mark at Ayr in April (3m, good), but has done the vast majority of his winning on softer ground; a recent run at Cheltenham (100/1) should bring him forward, but will it be enough?
Left Tom Lacey for £6,000 in September after a solid run of form during the summer months; disappointing on stable debut (Uttoxeter), but more like it at Kelso latest (3m2f, good) when an always handy 3¾L second to Chanceiton.
Came up well short on his second start over fences at a rain-lashed Hexham (3m, soft) last month, and reverts to hurdling seeking to break the maiden tag; 4lb higher than when finishing second on his last hurdles start (had wind surgery since).
Five-race hurdles maiden (two-time Kelso bumper winner in late 2016); has failed to see out her races over hurdles in 2018, but is easing in the weights as a result (down 8lb) and has previous Musselburgh experience.
Most likely would've finished behind today's rival David John, but for unseating his rider at the final flight at Kelso (3m2f, good), and remains a maiden after ten starts; mark slowly easing, so could win a small race in time.
Last Year's Winner
|T: A C WhillansJ: Steven Fox|
Born For War (5/6), Island Heights (7/2), Tokaramore (5/1), David John (9/1), Letemgo (25/1), Solway Lark (28/1)
- Island Heights
- Born For War
- David John
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