Tapis Libre can follow up in Musselburgh feature
By Stephen, bettingexpert.com | Published
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Mick Easterby's unpenalised Pontefract scorer Tapis Libre is a confident selection to follow up in Musselburgh's feature handicap at 3.30 this afternoon.
The 4-y-o produced a game frontrunning display to win last time out in a competitive apprentice handicap, and seems sure to be hard to beat with the promising David Simmonson again taking 7lb off his back. He is upped 2f in trip here, but certainly wasn't stopping up the stiff hill 10 days ago and should appreciate this flatter course.
There are numerous dangers for the 5000 prize money, with perhaps Sangar the principal threat. Ollie Pears game sort should be sharper for his reappearance third of ten at Beverley, and showed last season when landing handicaps at Doncaster and Ripon that this sort of mark is well within his compass.
Law to Himself was heavily supported on his first run of the season ten days ago, but jinked and unseated his rider leaving the stalls. He wound up the 2011 campaign on a high, landing a 1m2f Redcar handicap in the style of an improving performer, and he is sure to be thereabouts with trip and ground conditions fine.
Houston Dynimo took advantage of a career low rating to win over this distance at Newcastle last Spring, and managed to win twice over hurdles afterwards. He will be staying on at the finish and would relish a fast run race to bring proven stamina into play in the closing stages.
Chookie Hamilton has built a consistent profile on the all-weather recently and will not lack anything in race-fitness. Five of his eight career wins have been gained at this course and the recent easing of the ground is a positive, with 5lb claimer Justin Newman an interesting booking.
At a bigger price, the quirky Bradbury may outrun his odds. His attitude is not all it might be, but he has been shaping well over hurdles during the Winter and did win twice over this trip last season. The James Bethell yard has made a quiet start to the turf but any cash later on would be a huge hint that his charge is readied.
In summary, a wide open handicap but a good chance for Tapis Libre to go in again getting weight from all his rivals. At around 6-1 this morning, he is worth a small win investment to make all the running and repel all.
Stephen's Thursday Nap Sylvia Pankhurst 2.30 Musselburgh
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