MAGNA MORALIA (2.30) ran out a comfortable Kelso winner from Caldwell and Le Magnifique and is fancied to confirm places in ITM Northern Lights Juvenile Hurdle, the first of four £18,700-to-the-winner finals at Musselburgh.
Magna Moralia probably appreciated his mid-winter break and some decent ground at Kelso. Breguet Boy goes well here and may prove best of Keith Dalgleish’s trio. Progressive hails from the Nicky Henderson yard but was beaten a long way when last of four at Haydock.
Previous course and distance scorer FISHER GREEN (3.05) was an emphatic winner at Wetherby on Tuesday and this keen-going gelding may be hard to catch in the two-mile handicap hurdle. Sandy Thomson’s Cedar Hill has been in grand form over fences and is worth considering on his first hurdles start since August. The Navigator prefers good ground and this dual Sedgefield scorer can give a bold account if it stays dry.
Recent Hereford winner Ratfacemcdougall is sure to prove popular in the stayers’ hurdle final. He posted a course and distance victory back in early November but fifth-home BUCKLED (3.40) enjoys a 24lb swing for a ten lengths beating. That should make the gelding competitive at an each-way price.
Dianne Sayer has a strong hand in the mares’ hurdle final, saddling fancied pair MILLIE THE MINX (4.10) and Calliope.
Millie The Minx had her stable companion three and a half lengths back in third when scoring over course and distance 23 days ago and may have the edge again over Calliope on 5lb worse terms. Olly Murphy’s Hawthorn Cottage didn’t look entirely straight-forward when fifth at Market Rasen but this appears a bit easier.