ALAN utilises his local knowledge for four Musselburgh bets on Friday and also a nap from Lingfield and Newbury tip.
MAGIC MIRROR needs to translate her very consistent Kempton form to Lingfield but is worth chancing in a weak contest. Nicky Henderson has found Twist a good opening for his handicap debut. The four-year-old is no world-beater but picked up a modest affair over course and distance in December before beating one home at Kempton.
Henderson will be more at home over the jumps at Newbury where Morning Vicar is likely to start favourite for the 2m 4f novices’ hurdle. His gelding needed every yard of the 2m 5f trip to catch Juge Et Parti and BREAKING WAVES looks a bit of value, having shown a good attitude to win at Huntingdon.
At Musselburgh, WOT A SHOT was a bit below par when only fifth to course record-breaker Manamite here at the end of January but performed better in slightly lesser grade when scoring over course and distance in January. Gemologist looks to be an improving filly for Lucinda Russell and should go well if repeating her recent course third.
FRAME RATE fairly sprinted clear on the run-in over course and distance 12 days ago and will follow up for Scobie Jardine if stripping in the same mood.
So Satisfied scrambled home 22 days ago but no doubt will be backed to produce an action replay. However, KOVERA could be another winner for the Vaughan yard. The seven-year-old probably found the ground too testing when disappointing at Sedgefield but had earlier won twice on better ground.
YEATS BABY is an interesting Irish mare sent over by Emmet Mullins, having won on a long trip to Fakenham in November. She may prove too strong for market rival Splash The Cash. Course winner Samtu was bowling along merrily in the lead until the 13th fence proved unlucky last time and he now reverts to hurdles.
12:00 Pontefract - Race: 1
12:10 Windsor - Race: 1
12:20 Hexham - Race: 1