The William Hill Scottish Sprint Cup
Musselburgh plays host to a fantastic card this Saturday and the headline event comes in the form of The William Hill Scottish Sprint Cup. Won last year by Mick Easterby’s Hoofalong the race is a complete burn up from start to finish. Draw, luck and a bit of class are necessary attributes for any winner of this race. As always this is an extremely competitive event that attracts a big field, for convenience I have narrowed the field down to just 6 runners who I feel have leading claims.
Duke Of Firenze (Rated – 107) 13-2 Skybet
Duke Of Firenze continues in fine form for David Griffiths. Beaten just a neck in the dash and up only 4lb here he looks to have a huge chance. This is however a career high mark and if he is to win of such a mark he will surely have to put up a career best by some margin. A big chance but improvement is needed.
Orion’s Bow (Rated – 104) 8-1 widely available
Orion’s Bow has run two solid runs this season. He drops back in trip a furlong here and given his front running tactics I can’t see it being much of an issue. Easterby’s yard and especially his sprinters are in fine form and from stall 13 he is well drawn to attack. He has however been beaten off this mark in handicaps the last two times and improvement is needed for this drop back in trip.
Harry Hurricane (Rated – 98) 16-1 widely available
Harry Hurricane is really interesting in here. An eye catcher at York last time out he rates an interesting runner for George Baker. Sent out to Dubai the yard obviously rate this horse very highly and given a number of options it is eye catching that they send him here. He’s a winner of 2lb lower so this mark looks within range. My only issue and it’s a big issue is that Whelan is not high on my list of jockey’s to keep on side.
Gamesome (Rated – 92) 16-1 widely available
Gamesome runs in here as an outsider however he could quite easily outrun his lenient odds. He ran well at Goodwood two starts back and then ran well at York in conditions that wouldn’t have suited. He’s a strong traveller and will be well suited by this track. Midgley has a strong team of sprinters lining up for this race and in Desert Law he does perhaps have a stronger chance however that is factored into the price.
Desert Law (Rated – 94) 9-1 widely available
Desert Law ran a very good race in the Dash last time out. Left with too much to do he made up good late ground and went down as an eye catcher. He seems back to his usual self this season and his C and D record speaks volumes. For me he has an obvious chance however his draw isn’t ideal and his price is rather skinny.
How we bet: This is a really tough race however Gamesome is certainly leniently priced enough for a small each way wager at 16-1.
ICYMI – DG Tips did a cracking review on the BHA. He covered the good, the bad and the ugly and it makes for a cracking read. Take 5 minutes have a read here.