William Hill Mares and Fillies Handicap Preview – Musselburgh 17/06/2017
The 2.35 at Musselburgh on Saturday is the £20,000 William Hill Mares and Fillies Handicap over a mile.
Khamaary fancied for Musselburgh Handicap
The race is part of a strong supporting card for the £100,000 Scottish Sprint Cup, the richest race on Musselburgh’s fixture list.
Mark Johnston saddles Khamaary who was pulled out of a recent race due to the ground. She is a daughter of Tamayuz out of a mare by Zafonic and is unbeaten in two starts. Khamaary made her debut at Redcar in October when getting up in the shadow of the post to catch Bithynia.
The handicapper had little evidence to go on and allocated her a handicap rating of 71. She showed that she was a great deal better than that when winning by seven lengths at Redcar last month. Dane O’Neill made all the running on the filly and it would be no surprise to see the same tactics adopted here. The handicapper has inevitably put her up considerably and she now races off 87.
Stable companion Fiendish was a fair second at Ayr over ten furlongs on her penultimate start. She was all at sea on the soft ground at Leicester next time and that run can be ignored. The forecast quicker ground at Musselburgh could see an improved performance.
Lincoln Rocks suited by fast pace
Lincoln Rocks is a course and distance winner trained by David O’Meara. She won a decent handicap here in September off a mark of 83. She was raised to 89 but ran well in defeat when second at Nottingham last month. Lincoln Rocks has shown her best form when racing up with the pace and is likely to be prominent again here.
Normandie Lady beat Lincoln Rocks by three and three-quarter lengths at Nottingham. Connor Murtagh claims 7lbs at Musselburgh which means that they meet on identical terms. She raced a bit too keenly next time on the all-weather at Chelmsford when third to Amabilis. With Khamaary and Lincoln Rocks both front-runners, she should be able to settle in behind and could be a threat.
Forever A Lady represents local trainer Keith Dalgleish and has three wins from 23 starts. She won a minor event at Carlisle and has finished runner-up in both subsequent outings. Arcadian Angel looks the pick of the remainder, a close third at Carlisle and now stepping up to a mile for the first time.
Musselburgh Betting Tips 17/06/2017
2.35 William Hill Mares and Fillies Handicap