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Lancashire Telegraph Racing Column
9:41am Friday 3rd January 2014 in Sport
MUSELBURGH stage a seven-race card with the feature event the Kilmany Cup won in 2011 by Isla Pearl Fisher one of only four who go to post this afternoon.
Lively Baron has been given a chance by the handicapper but, ideally, wants better ground and preference is for Kris Cross (3.10) a winner at Ascot last time and still fairly treated off a 7lb higher mark.
The selection is best going right-handed, goes in soft ground and goes well for today’s conditional jockey who takes off a valuable 7lbs.
As well as winning this race three years ago Isla Pearl Fisher fell in this corresponding race 12-months ago, but remains 4lbs higher than his last winning mark.
Ballycool (1.10) carries a 7lbs penalty for his recent Kelso success but if in the same mood must surely take the beating having looked a reformed character at the Borders’ track.
There must be some doubt whether he can repeat that effort only five days later but he did look well ahead of the handicapper on that occasion and must be followed.
Reaping The Reward has never run on soft ground and runs over a trip possibly too sharp and is reluctantly overlooked on his chase debut in favour of Donald McCain’s Witness In Court (2.10) a winning pointer who will also get further in time.
The selection disappointed in a better race on his chase debut but has been given plenty of time to get over what was troubling him.
The McCain yard weren’t exactly firing at the time, and are still not exactly pulling up any trees, but they can land this decent prize.
There is a competitive twilight card at Wolverhampton and do look out for a market move with R Woody (4.00) who can race off a 5lb lower mark than when successful here back in September with Martin Lane again talking the mount.
Trainer Robert Cowell has been hitting the bar with his runners of late but he can get one on the board in a hot opener.
There is a bit of pace in the 7f handicap and the hope is this will play into the hands of Fantasy Gladiator (5.30) one of four Course & Distance winners in the eight runner field.
Trainer John Quinn has his string in cracking form and the selection remains fairly treated despite being 6lbs higher than when scoring here back in November.
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