IAIN Jardine is hoping for a big run from La Bacouetteuse at Musselburgh today.
The Borders raider, trained at Bonchester Bridge, near Hawick, is one of ten declared for the Cala Homes UK’s Best Housebuilder Handicap.
Former jump jockey Jardine said: “He’s been running – and winning – over two miles round Musselburgh and he’s handled the step up in trip well enough. But he’s also got good form at shorter and I haven’t any worries about the distance.
“Most of his wins have come on right-handed tracks and he seems to particularly enjoy Musselburgh. He ran very well to finish third in a 0-85 handicap when staying on well last time. He gets on well with David Allan who is his favourite jockey, and I quite fancy him to be honest.”
Rivals for La Bacouetteuse include Lindenhurst, who landed a gamble for his Irish connections at Hamilton Park yesterday, with John McConnell’s other raider Minot Street finishing second in hus race too.
Lindenhurst took the Racing UK On Sky Channel 432 Handicap in cosy style, with Joe Fanning bringing the 13-8 favourite to lead inside the final furlong and score by two lengths from Aneedh, who collared the long-time leader King Of Paradise for second spot.
Minot Street just found the well-backed Taxiformissbyron a neck too good in the Download The Free Racing UK App Handicap as Michael Herrington’s filly, the 13-8 favourite, kept on strongly for Graham Lee.
County Meath-based McConnell said: “It’s great that Lindenhurst won and I thought the second was bit unlucky. Minot Street had to go the long way and the winner went the short way. That made the difference between winning and losing. Lindenhurst is quite straightforward. He just needs to have his mind made up. You couldn’t get better than Joe [Fanning] the way he is riding at the minute.”
Both horses hold engagements at Musselburgh today and McConnell will wait until the morning before deciding on their participation. He said: “I’d say Minot Street is more likely to run tomorrow, but I don’t know about Lindenhurst. I’ll make a decision on both in the morning.”
The feature race at the Lanarkshire track, the Betfair Scottish Sprint Series Final, went to 11-1 chance Feel The Heat, ridden by Royston Ffrench and trained at Hambleton by Bryan Smart. Sent off at the same price and just a length and a half back in second place was 11-year-old veteran Beckermet who was running in his 146th race.
The Richard Fahey-trained Bandolier (15-2) just lasted home by a nose from Supa U in the Overton Farm Nursery under 5lb claimer George Chaloner, while the Alan Swinbank-trained Lothair (6-4) sent favourite-backers home happy when collecting under Simon Walker in the Racing UK Amateur Riders’ Handicap.
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