Aristo Du Plessis can score at Musselburgh
1.10 MUSSELBURGH: WILLIAM HILL-DOWNLOAD THE APP HANDICAP HURDLE (2m4f)
Brave Spartacus is very much the one beat in this one after his all the way success at Sedgefield last time. Keith Reveley’s 9yo galloped his rivals into submission on that occasion and still has plenty of room for maneuver with the handicapper over hurdles going on his chase form of last season.
If getting a soft lead again he will prove difficult to pass but today’s deteriorating conditions are a slight worry and so it might be worth trying to get him beaten. I will attempt that with the James Ewart trained, Aristo Du Plessis who may also be a step ahead of the handicapper on his debut in this sphere.
The lightly raced 5yo has been progressing nicely in Novice company this season and may be nicely treated on his handicap debut, particularly going on his fine fourth last time at Catterick against some decent rivals. Having won a bumper in France on soft ground, today’s conditions should be ideal and I can see him giving the jolly plenty to think about.
Native Spa is another that deserves a mention. Michael Smith’s 7yo has a bit to prove on form but has dropped to a very tempting mark on his best efforts and could cause a surprise. Lochnell came up against some good types on his handicap debut last time at Doncaster but should be respected against today’s rivals, whilst Claude Carter, who finished behind Brave Spartacus at Sedgefield, was a course and distance winner last time and could figure despite a 7lb penalty.
Kevin Walsh 16/1/15
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