NEWMARKET trainer William Haggas is in action at Musselburgh but he will probably stay closer to home as his potentially useful filly RAINBOW HEART (2.35) makes her second start at Kempton in the Conditions Stakes.
She made all and pulled eight lengths clear at the line on her only start at Newmarket last October and runner-up Pytilia won a Lingfield maiden for Richard Hughes last month. Nausha is the danger.
The ITV cameras are at Musselburgh, with some big prizes up for grabs. Austrian School was going to be my selection in the feature Queen's Cup but the widest draw in stall 14 has tempered enthusiasm. SIR CHAUVELIN (3.35) made no show behind classy Red Verdon on his return at Doncaster but will surely strip a lot fitter. He loves fast ground, scoring at Glorious Goodwood following an unlucky-in-running second to Dash Of Spice in the Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap at Royal Ascot. At double-digit odds, Jim Goldie's top weight is worth an each-way punt.
Austrian School ran numerous sound races in defeat last season, including a neck second to Sir Mark Prescott's Timoshenko over course and distance when trying to concede a mighty 22lb to the winner. Third horse Artarmon re-opposes but has six lengths to make up on Austrian School, an excellent third to Ghostwatch and Mekong on his final start in a Listed event at Ascot.
It's very much a case of Groundhog Day in the opener, with PORTH SWTAN (1.50) bidding to confirm recent course and distance form with trail-blazing Raselasad, third home Hayadh and fourth Three Saints Bay. Porth Swtan was given a fine stalking ride that day from stall two and he has drawn the inside berth this time. An action replay is on the cards.
Hugo Palmer sends ON THE LINE (2.25) across the border with a big shout in the Royal Mile Handicap. His blinkered gelding followed up a convincing Lingfield success with a solid second to Absolutio at Redcar. He may be better suited by this turning track. Haggas is a man to be feared when he despatches one to Scotland and Politicise is sure to prove popular. Reggae Runner has been in fine form and is another to consider.
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