Monday Review (15/09/08)
Racing expert Dale McKeown gives an overview of the day's top equine action.
Doubles were the order of the day at Musselburgh starting with the father and son duo Dandy and Adrian Nicholls who combined to win the opening two races.
First off they did it with the 6 yr old Keys of Cyprus, who stayed on strongly to win the Rosie Bell 40th Birthday Celebration Handicap by ½ l from Mr Lu. They followed it up with the likeable juvenile Nchike who showed a real good attitude to get the better of Digit in a tight photo finish.
Trainer Alan Swinbank, who has been quiet of late, bounced right back to form as the gambled on Merchant of Dubai (in the hands of young Frederik Tylicki) made a mockery of his handicap mark by pulling 7L clear of Its Moon on the bridle. Alan’s second winner then came in the form of the class dropper Wind Star, who also came home a well supported winner from the top weight, Fremen.
Frederick Tylicki’s second winner was not as easy as his first as the young 5lb claimer needed to ask all the questions of King Of Swords to repel Lambency and Botham with Windjammer close up. Entered up in a couple of days time, expect Nigel Tinkler to run the winner under a penalty.
Cerito was another to appreciate an ease in class and the benefit from the 7lb claim of young Matthew Davies. They held on by a neck from Fivefootnumberone with Majuba a further neck back in third.
Trainer Linda Perratt would have had a smile on her face after the last as Chookie Hamilton and Tom Eaves came home ¾ l ahead of Stable mate Forrest Flyer with the Mark Johnston trained Always Brave right on their tail.
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