Home For Tea, one of four selections from Dave Nevison, has a big chance at Musselburgh.
With only normal improvement, Hugo Palmer’s Fearbuster must win the opening maiden at Lingfield. She ran a promising race on debut, from a wide draw, and is well housed this time in stall two. Her trainer has proved himself a master with fillies from the start of his career and he knows what level of maiden to pitch his horses in.
The good thing about the Irish reserve system is it almost guarantees 16 runners if you want a four-place each-way bet. Annie Alainn represents a strong combination and has been running a little better than recent form figures suggest. She may repay each-way support in a shocking handicap.
Roger Varian was one of the trainers who made the use of hoods fashionable but unlike some he reaches for this headgear sparingly and uses it to very good effect. El Tel may well benefit from a hood as he was clearly distracted and did not settle last time out in a run that hopefully should be ignored. Varian is in good form with very few runners at present and hopefully this horse can prove himself well-handicapped here at the main expense of Chelwood Gate.
Keith Dalgeish is an in-form trainer and has a good record with horses running for him for the first time. Home For Tea will like the ground which is unusually soft at Musselburgh today and the re-application of cheekpieces feels a positive tactic on stable debut. Dalgleish is making a serious name as a Flat trainer nowadays but has a bigger than 40% strike-rate with his jumpers over last five years, so the fact that he is taking on this 16-race maiden is compelling enough for me.