OWNER Ken McGarrity sponsors the 3m handicap hurdle at Musselburgh and he’ll be hoping his own horse ARTHURS SECRET (2.20) can keep the prize-money in his pocket.
Arthurs Secret has clearly been targeted at this event by trainer Sandy Thomson and the nine-year-old ran very well in his prep run on the Flat here last month, finishing a close fifth to Beechwood Jude. McGarrity’s well-known maroon and white checks will also be carried by Blue Kascade but Arthurs Secret looks the No 1 pick.
ASHINGTON (12.40) is a strong fancy in the opening novices’ hurdle after surpassing himself at Stratford last month, pulling well clear of a 132-rated rival. John Quinn’s gelding, a winner at Brighton in 2018 when trained by Luca Cumani, is penalised along with previous scorer Illustrissime but looks much too good for his rivals.
Keith Dalgleish has several fancied runners on the card, none more so than recent Kelso winner GOLDENCARD (3.25). He drew clear from two out and had five lengths to spare over useful Martila. A 7lb rise looks justified and Goldencard is just preferred to True Romance, a winner on the Flat here in July. He also mopped up a novices’ hurdle at Southwell the previous month and his more recent fourth to Dreams And Visions on the Flat at Ayr makes him a dangerous rival.
At Nottingham, SHE'S A UNICORN (12.50) ploughed through the mud to beat a smart sort in Gold Souk (pair well clear) at Donny and Tom Dascombe's filly won over course and distance previously for inexperienced 7lb claimer Poppy Fielding and usually finds plenty for pressure.
GAMESTERS ICON (4.05) is a filly on a roll and may be up to completing her hat-trick in the lady amateur riders' handicap. She clearly handles deep ground and beat off Grazeon Roy (winner since) at Doncaster. Her jockey isn't a household name but rode a winner at Exeter a couple of weeks ago.
10:45 Stratford - Race: 1
11:00 Wincanton - Race: 1
11:15 Stratford - Race: 2