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Tuesday 3 April 2012

The Week Ahead

Folkestone stages two Class 4 4yo plus sprints on Thursday over 5 and 6 furlongs which are contested by 8 runners apiece. However neither race looks particularly interesting on paper and I will wait for the weekend before posting any selections.

With no racing on Good Friday Saturday is the next port of call at both Musselburgh and Cork.
Musselburgh stages a Conditions Stakes run over 5f and some of those entered are Hamish McGonagall, Shoshoni Wind, Borderlescott, Captain Dunne and Excel Bolt.
Hamish McGonagall's best run last season was when he was second to Margot Did when beaten 3/4 length in the Group 1 Nunthorpe at York in August. He then finished the season by running third to Prohibit in a Group 3 at Longchamp and on that occasion he was beaten 1 3/4 lengths, its those sort of runs that bring him into this as the top rated on 114. He goes well here having won 4 times from six starts.
Captain Dunne will also be returning from a break but like last season he may need his first run back.
The current going at Musselburgh is Good to Soft.
Over at Cork we have the Listed Cork Stakes and Dermot Weld's Croisultan gets the chance to follow up his win at the Curragh on 25th March. Entries who may be making the trip across the Irish sea are Jeremy Gask's High Standing and Medicean Man and Mark Johnston's Bannock.