MUSSELBURGH features some attractive racing but all eyes will be focused on Epsom where MADHMOON (4.30) can gun down Aidan O’Brien’s Magnificent 7 in the Investec Derby.

Punters have been tying themselves in knots trying to unravel O’Brien’s pecking order and the betting is not always the best of guides. Hark back to 2017 when his 40-1 outsider Wings Of Eagles sent the feathers flying by swooping to catch Ryan Moore on Cliffs of Moher.

One of the more fancied of O’Brien’s raiding party is Broome but he got a rear view of Madhmoon at Leopardstown last September when the track was riding quick. The Downs will have dried out under a baking sun by late Saturday afternoon and that will suit Madhmoon.

Kevin Prendergast’s colt finished fourth to Magna Grecia in the Qipco 2000 Guineas and has yet to race beyond a mile. Undoubtedly, that’s a negative when it comes to assessing his prospects of staying 12 furlongs but connections appear optimistic.

Yesterday’s Oaks tip Maqsad was travelling as well as anything two out before running out of steam and there is always the chance that Madhmoon may prove another short-runner. How horses handle the hoop-la and drawn-out preliminaries in a heatwave is another imponderable but the tension all adds to Derby Day fascination.

Anthony Van Dyck and Virgil van Dijk will be a popular ‘mug’s double’ and it is not hard to see the former running very well after winning his Lingfield Derby Trial. He didn’t beat much that day but appeared a stout stayer, while Telecaster won a stronger Dante Stakes at York.

ROYAL COSMIC (5.30) should be worth the wait in the concluding lady riders’ handicap at Musselburgh.

Richard Fahey’s mare stayed on strongly to hunt up easy winner Charles Kingsley at Hamilton in midweek and has won here in the past on soft ground, albeit off a lower mark. Richard Fahey has booked Megan Nicholls.

ROCHESTER HOUSE (3.25) was no match for his Mark Johnston stablemate Summer Moon at York but finished just behind Sir Michael Stoute’s favourite Laafy. He meets some stern opposition in the 1m 4f handicap but has six lengths in hand of York fourth Dark Lochnagar. Keith Dalgleish’s colt will be much more at home with some mud flying and rates a fair each-way alternative.

William Haggas is a keen supporter of Musselburgh and unexposed Just Benjamin beat an odds-on shot when scoring at Brighton on a fast track.

The Listed filles’ race affords INDIAN BLESSING (4.00) a golden opportunity if she is in the same form as when third to Pretty Baby in a Group 3 at Goodwood last August. Ed Walker sent her to the Curragh in April to contest another Group event but she finished in the ruck behind Happen. This is a bit easier.

Haggas saddles Ice Gala with a chance on her Newbury third last October and she mopped up a Salisbury handicap on reappearance in April.

FURZIG (2.15) is up 5lb for his Thirsk success over in-form Saisons D’Or and Make Me, and could kick-start a money-spinning day for the Fahey yard (Fahey also saddles fancied My Kinda Day in the opener).

Mulligatawny did us a turn at Ayr but managed only fifth spot on his last Musselburgh appearance off an 8lb lower mark. Swift Emperor’s second to Kylie Rules is solid form but he never seems to put two successive good runs together.

The Fahey-trained KING OF TONGA (2.50) was beaten on the nod by Motafaawit at Beverley and didn’t enjoy the best of passages at Chester last time before staying on into fourth behind Lincoln Park. Stall two is ideal and we know he handles cut underfoot.

My selection holds Celebrity Dancer on a line through Motafaawit’s subsequent Ascot victory and a bigger danger will be Reeves, a well-hold second to yesterday’s classy Epsom winner Space Blues at York.

Aplomb steps up in trip after finishing second at Ascot (soft) and is open to improvement. Brian Epstein represents Richard Hannon and his second to Artistic Rifles at Doncaster entitles him to respect in an open event,



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  1. alextosh 1 year ago

    its not right that one trainer can have 7 horse in one race cap it to 2 . the biggest race in the world.

  2. elvis parsley 1 year ago

    Aye, it’s a joke.
    No glory when you have so many runners, he gets all his jockeys in a huddle in the parade ring, what does he say to the 6 jockeys who aren’t supposed to win ?

  3. elvis parsley 1 year ago

    2-00 politicise top 3 evens
    2-35 voratius 2-1
    3-10 zaaki 7-4
    3-45 just that lord top 5 finish 9-4 (16-1 Ew).
    4-30 line of duty top 4 finish 9-2 (25-1 Ew).

    • elvis parsley 1 year ago

      Wolfcatcher 6-30 Stratford NAP 5-1.
      Cubswin 7-00 Stratford NB 7-2

      Wolfcatcher 6-30 Stratford top 2 finish 6-4
      Ruthless article 6-00 Stratford win 6-4

  4. 1 year ago

    Morning All . No bet for last two days but plenty look at today although a tricky Saturday.


    19.30. .Double W’s. .11/4. got stick with this one after winning for me last time.


    17.20. .Chocolat Noir. .7/2


    14.55. .Potterman. .7/2

    15.30. .The Jigger. .7/1. E/W

    17.00. .Prophets Prayer. .8/1. E/W

    gl all

    • recoba 1 year ago

      Great jockey L.Aspell so he is,that was a grand effort on Double Ws.
      Cheers for the heads up i was on last time too. 👍

  5. 1 year ago

    All eyes on he Derby so had a look .

    Broome . .11/2

    Anthony Van Dyck. .8/1

    done a little r/v f/c as well

    gl all

  6. buzzer 1 year ago

    I Like telecaster at 9/2 if it’s good enough to beat Stradivarius last time out it’s good enough to beat this field

    • recoba 1 year ago

      Beat Stradivarius Buzzer?

    • buzzer 1 year ago

      * Too darn hot not Stradivarius please accept my apologies

    • recoba 1 year ago

      Thought you were getting you Dettori mounts mixed up mate. Like Telecaster myself.
      GL today all

    • recoba 1 year ago

      Thought you were getting you Dettori mounts mixed up mate.
      GL today all

  7. u2me413 1 year ago

    Johnb if your about be a gent and give us the derby winner 😏😀😏😀😏😀😏😀

  8. lossie jim 1 year ago

    Navan 1.05 Takeachancejimmy

    Epsom 3.45 Muthmir

    Epsom 4.30 Bangkok

    E/w singles, doubles and treble!!

    • lossie jim 1 year ago

      Nice start to the day again!!

  9. 1 year ago

    Epsom Tips

    2.00 The Trader 7/2 Big bet on this took 6’s last. MBS with SKY.

    2.30 Veracious 5/2

    3.10 Bye Bye Honk Kong 9/4

    3.45 Dachas 20/1 E/W SKYBET paying 6

    4.30 Telecaster 5/1 Had E/W saver on Frankie last night 12’s SKY paying 4

    5.15 Sextant 5/2

    5.50 Spanish City 7/2.

    Be Lucky

    • 1 year ago

      last night even sorry

  10. double carpet 1 year ago

    3.45 Hathiq 4/1 NAP

    4.30 Sir Dragonet 10/3……..Circus Maximus 10/1 ew


  11. 1 year ago

    E/W 63 on cards all over country plus Ireland. SKY paying 4/5/6.

    1.30 H Fading Icon 12/1 SKY paying 4

    1.05 N Jungle Jungle 14/1 SKY paying 5

    3.20 N Rehoboth Beach 14/1 DITTO

    1.50 T Naturally Blond 12/1 SKY paying 4

    3.45 E Daschas 20/1 SKY paying 6

    5.50 E Helvetian 12/1 SKY paying 5

    Be lucky have fun.

  12. garfo 1 year ago

    Circus maximus ew. Now he knows the way round!!!

  13. chuckbass 1 year ago

    Three angels 1.35 20/1 each way

  14. postman 1 year ago

    Well Done Winners Yesterday, I had 3 out of 5.

    1:05 Navan – Teddy Boy
    3:35 Tramore – Contingency
    4:15 Doncaster – Moss Gill
    4:50 Doncaster – Moqtarreb
    9:00 Stratford – Vinnie Getaway


  15. recoba 1 year ago

    Too much analysis,I’m sticking with this patent fir today…

    Veracious…2.35. 5/2
    Hathaway…3.45. 4/1
    Sir Dragonet…4.30. 10/3.

    GL today gents 🍀👍

  16. azzthewigan 1 year ago

    by by Hong Kong 3.10 muthmir 3.45 sir dragnot 4.30 well done all winners yesterday 👍

  17. ew thief 1 year ago

    Afternoon all well done winners yesterday
    Red hot 2.00e 10-1
    Bella regazza 2.35e 15-2
    Chief ironside 3.10e 14-1
    Blue de Vega 3.45e 28-1
    Bangkok 4.30e 9-1
    Fire fighting 5.15e 16-1
    Beyond equal 5.50e 8-1
    Ew singles & ew super hienz ☘️Gl all

  18. theplug 1 year ago

    Sir dragonet 5/2 nap/mb

  19. wycobye 1 year ago

    Nayef road
    Bye bye Hong Kong

  20. Wildhorse 1 year ago


    Its Derby time !!

    R. 3 – Bye Bye Hong Kong / Win

    R. 4 – Copper knight / Ew

    R. 5 – ( Derby ) Telecaster / Win & Bangkok / Ew

    R. 6 – Sextant / Win

    R. 7 – Spanish City / Win

    G Luck All !!

  21. 1 year ago

    First one POTTERMAN wins easy hope some took the 7/2

    gl all

    • 1 year ago

      Even got the winner of the Derby ANTHONY VAN DYKE maybe I should do more flat racing.

      gl all

  22. over40 1 year ago

    Cheers busstop, I took potterman from you and royal cosmic from Alan and I was between van dyke and madhmoon but your post decided it for me so put them in a treble, £250 bucks for £3, happy days, much appreciated 😀

    • recoba 1 year ago

      Nice one Over40.
      Top tipping on the flats Busstop!?

  23. chilleden 1 year ago

    Well done today everyone. Some fantastic tipping.

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