Oddschecker tips for every race at Musselburgh on Monday.
Kind Spirit sets a fair standard with an opening handicap mark of 71 and stepping up to 7f may suit, but the same can be said for IMPULSIVE REACTION, who belied odds of 50-1 when finishing a close-up third at Thirsk on his racecourse debut last month. Natural progression should be enough to see him open his account, while both Naughty Ted and Hello Havana will need to take a sizeable step forward if they're to trouble the judge. Prediction : 1st Impulsive Reaction 2nd Kind Spirit 3rd Hello Havana
DOOMSDAY kept on well over 7f at Doncaster earlier this month on his first foray outside of sprint trips, and it appeared the step up to 1m would suit. The handicapper eased Bryan Smart's charge a further 1lb and, at the 10th time of asking, he can open his account. Now tried in first-time cheekpieces, Thakuri must enter calculations, along with the class-dropping Without Delay. Prediction : 1st Doomsday 2nd Without Delay 3rd Thakuri
Following three qualifying runs over an inadequate trip, I'M TO BLAME steps up in distance on his handicap debut from a potentially workable mark of 58. Better known for his exploits in the National Hunt sphere, the nine-year-old looks to emulate former stablemate Let Me Be, who followed a similar path last season for these connections. Red Force One is entitled to be in the shake-up once more, along with Oh So Chic, who has her second start for Edward Bethell's team. Prediction : 1st Im To Blame 2nd Red Force One 3rd Oh So Chic
Trainer Jim Goldie won this last year with Primo's Comet and has two declared for 2022, seemingly headed by Ayr fourth RORY. Only beaten a length after failing to get a clear run following a poor start, he is dropped in class here and may well make amends. Sixcor had a bit left when winning by a neck at Ayr last time but he has 4lb more now, which will make his life more difficult in a better race, while Val De Travers could bounce back to his better form after a poor run on a softer surface at Windsor.Prediction : 1st Rory 2nd Sixcor 3rd Val De Travers
With little winning form to work with, Waverley Star enters calculations having struck over C&D in May and, although beaten twice since, he wears blinkers now which may bring about some improvement. Chant For More represents an in-form stable and can go well if he can repeat the form of his April third off the same mark, but IMPERIAL KHAN appeals most. Third last time in a Leicester maiden, he has been gelded since and if that brings about any improvement, he could do better with Daniel Tudhope in the saddle.Prediction : 1st Imperial Khan 2nd Waverley Star 3rd Chant For More
CLOTHERHOLME is hard for the handicapper to judge after being produced late on his last two starts to win by a neck at Catterick and a short-head at Beverley. An added 2lb seems reasonable, though he does look as if this is his minimum trip and he would prefer a decent early pace to attack from. Yaaser weakened close home when second over this trip at Ayr but has a better chance of lasting home on the faster surface expected here, while Rum Going On could run into a place. Prediction : 1st Clotherholme 2nd Yaaser 3rd Rum Going On
DIAMOND HAZE returned to winning ways over a mile at Thirsk a month ago and the four-year-old could be hard to beat once again off just a 2lb higher mark this evening. Reputation has shown plenty of promise on his last couple of starts and he is an obvious threat to the selection. Others to note are Award Dancer and Mi Capricho. Prediction : 1st Diamond Haze 2nd Reputation 3rd Award Dancer