Fahey’s charges a fair bet

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Richard FAHEY has already saddled three winners at Musselburgh this new flat season and he can add a double on the East Lothian track today.

Anderton has yet to score, but has made the frame in all four of his starts to date and looks a solid bet in the Racing UK Maiden Stakes (4.15) when he should be ideally suited by the drop back to the minimum trip.

The three-year-old is closely related to four winners and cost £90,000 at the breeze-up sales last year. He was a promising fourth on his debut at Thirsk and so was sent off favourite at Beverley on his next outing.

He flew out of the stalls, soon held a healthy advantage and had the race won until swerving violently left across the track inside the final furlong, eventually finishing third.

Anderton again started well on a recovery mission at York in October but tired in the heavy ground, hanging right and being collared inside the final furlong and beaten just over a length.

He showed that same initial speed when favourite again on his reappearance over six furlongs at Pontefract recently but was just beginning to labour on the stiff climb to the line when he was hampered by the eventual winner. The minimum trip over this sharp track should play to his strengths though and I expect the gelding to make all the running.

Fahey can also take the 32Red.com Handicap (4.50) with La Luz Del Sol who produced a tremendous late burst to win at Catterick recently and that form got a boost when the runner-up won last week.

The filly did not see a racecourse until last December, showing promise in three starts over the minimum trip on the all-weather. She came back from a short beak to finish fourth at Kempton and really relished that first outing on turf when scorching home last month and Tony Hamilton again has the mount.

Brassingham Eric was beaten in a photo finish at the last meeting here and can go one better in the opening 32Red Handicap (2.00) for amateur riders.

The gelding has three victories to his credit over long distances and made all the running to score over 14 furlongs at Nottingham on his last appearance in 2011, only to miss the whole of last year through injury. He was having his first run for 18 months when unplaced at Redcar on Easter Monday, then finished fourth at Newcastle and made much of the running when favourite here ten days ago.

He looked beaten when headed two furlongs out, but rallied with such purpose that he went down by only a head. Compensation is on the cards over an extra quarter of a mile this time.

Copperwood has had plenty of racing, but takes it well. In all he has had 17 races since his last success at Chester last September, but has been runner-up recently at Southwell and Newcastle and can regain winking form in the 32Red Casino Handicap (3.05)

Musselburgh selections: 2.00: Brassingham Eric; 3.05: Copperwood; 4.15: Anderton; 4.50: La Luz Del Sol.