London CITIZEN showed bags of promise when third on his reappearance at Ripon recently and looks a good bet at Musselburgh tomorrow.
Elaine Burke’s three-year-old has top weight to carry in the Weatherby’s Private Banking Handicap (3.30), but apprentice Michael Metcalfe will claim a valuable 3lbs allowance and that can make all the difference.
London Citizen cost just 7,000 gns as a yearling despite being the first foal of a South African Classic winner and repaid that outlay on his very first visit to the racecourse when winning at Kempton almost a year ago.
He subsequently finished 4th at Doncaster before running in the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket where he was prominent until weakening in the final furlong to be beaten just over ten lengths into fifth in that Group Two event.
After another visit to Kempton where he was runner-up, the colt was sent across the Atlantic to race in America as one of his part owners hails from that part of the world, but after a disappointing effort on dirt at Philadelphia, he made the switch back to North Yorkshrie.
London Citizen bounced back from the winter break at Ripon where he was staying on well in the closing stages of that mile event and the extra furlong tomorrow should be just up his street.
Gala Casino Star is another who ran really well at Ripon and he can open his seasonal account in the Weatherbys Bank Handicap (3.00). Three of his nine career wins have come in May and he goes well for apprentice Jordan Nason.
Frontier Fighter has won four of his seven races this year and scored on turf on good style at Pontefract recently, but has to concede almost a stone to Gala Casino Star if Nason’s claim is taken into account and that may prove to big a task.
Someone’s Darling was fourth on her debut here just over 12 months ago and occupied the same position here in August.
She caught my eye when fifth over seven furlongs here on her reappearance and she has since run well at Newcastle.
La Bacouetteuse won the Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers Handicap (4.30) twelve months ago and can take the same event again tomorrow off the same handicap mark.
The eight-year-old also won here in September and at Hamilton Park in June and although he has to give weight away all round tomorrow, he still gets the vote following a reasonable effort when 6th on his return to action at Newcastle recently.
Selections: 2.00 Someone’s Darling; 3.00 Gala Casino Star; 3.30 London Citizen; 4.30 La Bacouetteuse.