Alan Thomson’s Tips: Expect a right Barney at Musselburgh


BARNEY DWAN (1.30) relished the switch to fences at Market Rasen and is taken to blow away his rivals in the Scottish Future Champions Novices’ Chase at Musselburgh.

Sponsors bet365 have been rewarded with some top action at the Scottish track and Barney Dwan made a very favourable impression when jumping quick and neat to thump Clondaw Cian and Solighoster.

Fergal O’Brien’s gelding had the speed over hurdles to chase home very smart Irish horse Presenting Percy in the Pertemps Network Final at Cheltenham last March, with Jury Duty well held in third.

SIR CHAUVELIN (2.05) did us a turn on his last trip along the M8 to Musselburgh and Jim Goldie’s dual-purpose horse can defy an 8lb rise in the Scottish County Hurdle.

The six-year-old produced a decisive turn of foot to scythe down Silver Concorde and as long as the track isn’t riding too testing Sir Chauvelin should have the measure of Amour De Nuit.

Paul Nicholls’s top weight travelled well in the lead at Doncaster before finding Irish Roe and Moyaayed too strong. Bryony Frost is making a habit of picking off big prizes on a Saturday and is excellent value for her 5lb claim.

I fancy a couple at Lingfield where AUTHOR’S DREAM (1.25) has looked a different animal since forcing tactics were employed by William Knight.

His five-year-old never looked likely to be reeled in by Joseph O’Brien’s Grey Waters over course and distance, and had earlier hacked up by 11 lengths at Wolverhampton.

AMERICAN GIGOLO (4.15) was an expensive failure, albeit by only a head, when failing to catch Fearsome here last month.

Harry Fry’s six-year-old is a winner over hurdles and I expect Fran Berry to make more use of American Gigolo this time.

Recommended bets

  • Musselburgh 1.30 – Barney Dwan (6-4, bet365)
  • Musselburgh 2.05 – Sir Chauvelin (13-8, McBookie, bet365, William Hill)
  • Lingfield 1.25 – Author’s Dream (100-30, Paddy Power)
  • Lingfield 4.05 – American Gigolo (9-4, general)

Johnb’s Saturday Tips

  • Lingfield 2.00 – Double Up (5-1, Ladbrokes)
  • Lingfield 3.05 – Victory Bond (5-4, LadbrokesNAP
  • Wetherby 4:30 – Tupolev (15-2, LadbrokesNB
  • Leopardstown 3.30 – Faugheen (11-10, Paddy Power)


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    the notorious 8 months ago

    John, did you read the article on the owner of broodmare Good Thyne Jenny, dam of Our Duke.
    The owner said he brought Good Thyne Jennys first three foals to Francis Flood who told him the dam will never have a winner based on the first three foals who never won a race.
    How wrong Flood was!

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    Johnb 8 months ago

    A selection from Australia

    5:25am Race 7 – Global Glamour 2/1

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    Johnb 8 months ago

    Extra one for Saturday

    3:30 – Faugheen 11/10 paddy power

    The vibes are so strong that he has to be backed at that price

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      recoba 8 months ago

      Agreed John that’s a great price for Faigheen…was there an explanation for it’s last run though? Can’t see any.

      GL all

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        Johnb 8 months ago

        Seen a few replays now and he didn’t look right before the race and was probably something as simple as having an off day “we all have them so Horses can as well”, if it was just an off day then the 3/1 with a run looks massive for the Champion Hurdle because if he doesn’t click today then he won’t go

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        theplug 8 months ago

        Topofthegame 3-00 sandown 5/1 nap/nb

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    database 8 months ago

    Singles: 240w- Pearl Royale 9/2, 345m- Kalaniti 13/2
    Ew l15 : 300s- Badalandabad 18/1, 315m – Azure Fly 18/1, 430w-
    Informateur 7/1 815k- Intermodal 7/1

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    ew thief 8 months ago

    Morning all well done winners yesterday
    Lancelot du lac 2.00l 8/1
    Folsom blue 3.00s 10/1
    Fire fighting 3.05l 22/1
    Supasundae 3.30l 20/1
    Bishops road 3.35s 11/1
    Whaleweigh station 5.45k 12/1
    Ew singles & ew lucky63☘️Gl all

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    uncle pom 8 months ago

    Morning race fans
    12:50 El barcho

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    azzthewigan 8 months ago

    dangerous thought 12.00 win single gracious john 2.00 ted veale 2.55 fire fighting 3.05 wicked willy 3.35 ew l15 ew singles well done all winners yesterday

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    uncle pom 8 months ago

    Morning race fans
    12:50 El borracho 11/4 2pt win
    13:35 Authors Dream 9/4 1pt win
    14:00 double up 4/1 1pt win

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    double carpet 8 months ago

    Off to leopardstown for a great days racing

    1.10 CARTER MCKAY 5/2
    1.45 MIN 5/2
    2.55 SQUOUATEUR 16/1 ew
    3.30 FAUGHEEN 11/10
    4.05 MASTER OF IRONY 20/1 ew


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    de niro 8 months ago


    13-10 Jetz 8/1 Coral

    15-30 DefinDu Seuil 15/2 WHill

    Also cheeky reverse forecast
    def du seuil and faugheen

    Good luck everyone today 😀

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    database 8 months ago

    I dont mess with sw flanagan and meade, i almost tipped bel ami de sivola this morning at 11/1, into 6/1 favouritism currently, potentislly worth a nibble.

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    On phone middle of nowhere



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    benleoella1951 8 months ago

    👏 bravo won like a good in,

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    mossbrook365 8 months ago

    2 out 2 Thommo !! Authors Game and now Barney Dwan . Great tipping again fella

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    bertie 8 months ago

    Well done Alan yet again ! I have to admit I left out authors dream as I thought the weight 9-12 was to much + 8 lbs more to carry but did it well

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    bertie 8 months ago

    Awful run from 2.05 sir CHAUVELIN the trainer says before the race the soft ground was not what he wanted and then runs accordingly

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    bill1958 8 months ago

    Superb with supersundae ew thief 20/1 thanks ever so much

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    spurs55 8 months ago

    Thank you very much alan superb

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    jimba 8 months ago

    Big Well done 👍 today Alan👏

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    shepton 8 months ago

    Fantastic again Alan 👍😁

    Don’t normally do doubles etc but the way u been banging in the winners thought I’d treat myself to a lucky 15 as well

    3/4 thank you very much
    & what a ride Martin Harley gave Authors Dream

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