Last year’s corresponding toteplacepot dividend:
2015: £38.50 (6 favourites: 2 winners - 2 placed - 2 unplaced)
1.40: Donald McCain has his team in better nick now than has been the case for a while, the trainer saddling WHISKEY CHASER in the opening event. Donald has sent out four winners and four beaten favourites in February at the time of writing, whereby you can make your mind up which way you want to play the eight-year-old on Wednesday. Others for the overnight mix include the youngest horse in the field VISION DE LA VIE (already a course and distance winner for good measure) and WAKHAN.
Favourite factor: The first race on the Musselburgh card is new event.
Musselburgh record of course winners in the first race:
1/4--VisionDe La Vie (C&D winner)
1/8--Solway Bay (C&D winner)
1/3--Wakhan (C&D winner)
2/8--Tears From Heaven (C&D winner)
2.15: The famous yellow, green and white colours of Trevor Hemmings will be in evidence here with ROLLING THUNDER being another horse with decent claims to be saddled by Donald McCain. That said, IMPLUSIVE AMERICAN makes the long journey up from Pond House, with David Pipe having saddled two of the six hurdles to winning effect at Musselburgh during the last five years. The penultimate effort by SOME ARE LUCKY at Cheltenham suggests that the Tom George representative can also become competitive at the business end of proceedings.
Favourite factor: The inaugural event last year was won by the 2/5 market leader.
2.50: Seven of the eight available toteplacepot positions have gone the way of horses carrying a minimum burden of 11-4 thus far, statistics which include all three (8/1-6/1-4/1) winners. Only three horses looks like 'qualifying' via the weight trend because of a jockey claim here, whereby ITSTIMEFORAPINT is the win and place call in the seven runner field. If the brief weight trend is to be breached, OSCAR LATEEN and BOLLIN LINE are potential spoilers.
Favourite factor: Both favourites had finished out with the washing before last year's 7/2 favourite scraped into the frame via a bronze medal.
Musselburgh record of course winners in the third event:
3.25: Seven-year-olds have won all four renewals to date and vintage representatives are 7/5 to extend the trend via five potential raiders in the 12 strong field before the form book is consulted. Vintage representatives have secured eight of the 12 available toteplacepot positions for good measure and the pick of the quintet on this occasion will hopefully prove to be HOME FOR TEA, SNOWED IN and ROLL OF THUNDER, the trio being listed in order of preference at the overnight stage.
Favourite factor: The three favourites had secured a medal of each colour alongside toteplacepot positions before last year's 9/4 market leader finished out of the frame.
Musselburgh record of course winners in the fourth race:
1/4--Sendiym (C&D winner)
4.00: Six-year-olds have won four of the last seven renewals (despite not being represented 12 months ago), whereby Donald McCain's lone vintage representative VENUE is the first name on the team sheet in a race which will not take a great deal of winning. That said, EL BEAU ran exceedingly well in this event last year going down by just two lengths in a race in which four-year-olds running well in previous event have only been conspicuous by their absence. SILVER DUKE completes my trio against the other six contenders.
Favourite factor: Market leaders have secured three of the last seven renewals in recent years.
Musselburgh record of course winners in the fifth contest on the card:
1/3--El Beau (C&D winner)
1/7--Silver Duke (C&D winner)
4.35: FREDO is a class apart from this opposition if truth be told, though according to official ratings WIND OF HOPE is well in under the terms and conditions of the contest, especially given the fact that FRODO would appreciate a sterner test/longer distance. Add KLEPHT into the mix and we have an interesting finale to weigh up.
Favourite factor: Three of the last five favourites (11/8-11/10-4/6) have obliged following victories for successful outsiders who won the first two contests at odds of 50/1 & 20/1. Another outsider prevailed at 16/1 last year, whilst the favourites which failed to win their respective events all finished out of the frame.
All references to placed horses on these pages are based on an exact science regarding general place terms offered by bookmakers and totepool.com
Trainers with their relevant number of runners on the Musselburgh card on Wednesday:
1--Alan J Brown
1--Mrs L A Coltherd
1--J P G Hamilton
1--R K Walton
62 declared runners