Racing: Goldie’s Musselburgh whip hand

JIM Goldie saddles 14 runners at Musselburgh today, including four in the Isle Of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky Handicap (for the Willie Park Trophy).

It’s the final Flat card of the season in Scotland and the Renfrewshire trainer said: “Los Nadis won this race last year and won recently at Ayr so he’s in good form. He likes the course and we’ll be fairly positive on him again.

“Gordonsville is also in good form and goes well at the track. He had too much use made of him at Newmarket last time.

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“It’s not the favourite track for Pokfulham who is enigmatic. He can be difficult to go down and it all depends on how he starts.

“Jonny Delta could possibly have the best chance. He ran a nice race to finish third at Musselburgh last time and he’ll be dropped in and come late.

“He’s crept in at the bottom of the handicap and should run well if things go to plan.”

Goldie also has Midnight Dynamo in the BestPets Handicap (Div 1) and he added: “She’s won her last two races at Redcar and Newcastle and she should run well again as long as things drop right for her.”

Meanwhile, Jim Bolger laid down his 2013 Classic marker at Newmarket on Saturday as both Dawn Approach and Trading Leather stamped their class on Dubai Future Champions Day.

Dawn Approach was already the ante-post favourite for the 2000 Guineas but shortened further after stretching his unbeaten record to six in the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes. For a moment it looked as if Bolger might be sweeping to a fifth Dewhurst in seven years with the ‘wrong’ horse, as Dawn Approach had some difficulty in catching his dogged pacemaker Leitir Mor, but he rose to the challenge for Kevin Manning in the final furlong and passed the post in style.

Unusually, Dawn Approach (30-100 favourite) had his first start as early as March and was emulating his sire New Approach in landing both the Dewhurst and the National Stakes. Both now look likely to be Europe’s champion two-year-old as well.

Owner Sheikh Mohammed confirmed he will remain in the care of the same trainer over the winter, while Bolger said: “There were no real anxious moments today.

“He just has a lazy style of racing and once Kevin wound him up, there were never any concerns.

“We needed a good pacemaker today and he has done his job very well. I think he will start off over a mile next year and take it from there.

“My previous four Dewhurst winners were pretty smart, but this one is right up there with them.

“He’s capable of ruling the roost. It’s fantastic to be part of the whole dynasty.”

Bolger has already marked out Trading Leather as a possible Derby horse and he applied himself well to hold the other 5-2 joint-favourite Montiridge by three-quarters of a length in the Autumn Stakes. “We view him as a Derby horse,” Bolger said. While Bolger believes he holds the whip hand in the Guineas, Clive Cox may beg to differ after Reckless Abandon maintained his unbeaten run with a gutsy success over Moohaajim in the Middle Park Stakes.

The Prix Morny winner was discarded by Adam Kirby in favour of the Marco Botti-trained runner-up, but Gerald Mosse was more than equal to the task as he took up an early position on the rail. The 9-4 joint-favourites fought out the finish, but as they met the rising ground Reckless Abandon kept on pulling out more to see off his rival by a neck.

“It’s a privilege to be here and I think we’ll dine out on this for some time to come,” said Cox.

Aaim To Prosper created history when he became the first horse to win the Betfred Cesarewitch twice.

Brian Meehan’s veteran was a 66-1 chance as he had not scored since the 2010 renewal, but was given a determined ride by Kieren Fallon to thwart Countrywide Flame by half a length.

Fallon said: “He’s tough as nails and he really wanted it.”



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