MAGNA MORALIA (6.15) can repeat last month’s course and distance victory in the 1m 3f handicap at Hamilton.
John Quinn’s filly had to dig deep that day to pip Justified and Viceregent after failing to get a clear run over a furlong out. Magna Moralia has since been turned over at odds-on by Bollin Joan at Ripon but was meeting another in-form rival.
Granite City Doc has been running with great credit over shorter distances at Hamilton this summer but is a course and distance winner, albeit in lower grade a couple of seasons ago. Andrew Breslin takes off 5lb. Granite City Doc ran third to Our Girl Sheila and Ralphy Boy Two over 1m 1f last month and may well reverse the form over this longer trip.
Golden Sandbanks ran third to useful Throne Hall and War Defender in a decent maiden here last month and looks well handicapped on the strength of his earlier running-on fourth in a hot handicap at Haydock.
AYR POET (7.15) is a handicap snip if running up to form for Jim Goldie. His gelding chased home Millie The Minx over course and distance in early August and duly went one better at Ayr last Monday. Ayr Poet escapes a penalty as it was an apprentices’ event.
The fillies’ handicap is a fairly weak affair and KAYEWHYKELLY (7.45) may be capable defying a 12lb rise after motoring home by more than five lengths at Haydock. Gometra Ginty shaped well in defeat at Haydock but seems to reserve her very best for Musselburgh. Sister Midnight continues to slide down the ratings and her seventh to Our Girl Sheila was a step in the right direction.
Dual course winner QUANAH (5.45) will feel more at home over six furlongs after finding Musselburgh’s minimum trip on the sharp side last week. Canford’s Joy will have no problem with the mud and rates a threat, while Tommy G is tongue-tied for the first time.
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