Seven races on terrestrial TV on Saturday with Musselburgh and Haydock taking centre stage.
I will be up at Musselburgh and we open on ITV with the 1.50pm is a handicap over 7f. Four of these all met here last time and I think the handicapper has been generous in dropping the third, HAYADH, by 1lb. He has a good draw and might have improved for the run for Rebecca Bastiman. A good each-way bet.
Next at Musselburgh is the 2.25pm, a 1m handicap. The likely favourite Politicise might be much better than these, but ON THE LINE is race-fit and has a fabulous draw in stall 2. He stays well and is in good form for Hugo Palmer.
The 3.00pm is a classy 5f sprint. CAPTAIN COLBY returned after a wind operation with a poor effort at this track, but he does have good course form and this might just be the moment to catch Paul Midgley’s runner on the second run since the operation. An each-way shout at a double-digit price.
And finally at Musselburgh, a 1m 6f handicap at 3.35pm. Mark Johnston has many chances here, but I like the Seamus Durack-trained PIPES OF PEACE. He steps up in distance and has been on the all-weather of late. However, he has turf form in the past when trained by Aidan O’Brien and all his recent runs suggest this trip might bring out improvement.
We’re over the jumps at Haydock where the first ITV race is the 2.05pm, a handicap hurdle over nearly 2m. A very tough race. CUBSWIN won well from the front last time and might be able to follow up. Richard Johnson sticks with her which is a plus.
The 2.40pm at Haydock is a handicap chase over an extended 3m1f. QUARENTA is in cracking shape for Jonjo O’Neill and might be hard to pass. He stays well and conditions are fine.
And finally at Haydock, the 3.15pm is a handicap hurdle over an extended 3m. COURT LIABILITY ran a shocker at Doncaster last time, but he’s much better than that and has no problem with this distance. In another very tough race, has a chance.
So best of luck and pray for some Bank Holiday Yeeehaaas. You hear me Paddy?
*Prices correct at time of publishing