Our racing expert marks your card for Tuesday's action.
Brian Meehan is sending one horse to Yarmouth, where he has an impressive 43% (6-14) strike rate, and it’s unlikely to be a wasted journey.
JET SETTER, the beast in question, is making his handicap debut in the 6f nursery on the card after three runs in maiden company, all over 5f. The best of those came at Nottingham 20 days ago on his first start since the end of May and having been gelded in the meantime. Behind early after going right at the start, he was noted making late headway and, having been switched 1f out, was finishing best of all into fourth, a head in front of the 78-rated Her Terms in fifth.
That qualified him for an opening of 68, which looks very fair, and he looks set to do some damage off it now he steps up an extra furlong. As a son of Fastnet Rock, his breeding also suggests that he will be better over it and today’s good to soft ground shouldn’t inconvenience him either. If any more encouragement was needed it’s provided by the booking of Ryan Moore to ride, with his record on the stable runners an eye-catching 4-11 (36%) for a small level-stakes profit. His mount is a confident choice to boost that record further.
It was disappointing to see NESHMEYA beaten into second when sent off as 7/4 favourite on her debut as she’d well touted by her trainer Charlie Hills beforehand and in truth it cost me a few quid. Not that it was a terrible effort as she had the others well beaten off and she remains a filly of some potential. She’s likely to come into her own middle distances next season (she holds entries in both the 1000 Guineas and Oaks) but a maiden should be a formality for her, and today’s contest over a mile looks ideal. The fact she faces 15 rivals, including some nicely bred sorts, ensures we can back her at odds against and I’m hopeful of recovering losses.
We’re never going to get much of a price on a William Haggas-trained, once-raced maiden winner running in a handicap, but his MUSAANADA does look the most likely winner of the closing handicap over an extended 1m3f. A daughter of Sea The Stars and out of a dam who is closely related to Gold Cup winner Fame And Glory, she was well supported when winning first time up on the all-weather at Kempton (1m4f), although backers would have been sweating after she missed the start and was then shoved along early. However, the penny soon dropped and, quickly back on the bridle, she stayed on stoutly inside the final furlong to beat a well regarded sort going away.
She should be far more streetwise for that experience and now dropping into handicap company for the first time off what looks a fair mark of 75, I’ll be disappointed if she can’t follow up and reward favourite backers.
A £10 treble on today’s selections pays £216.56 at William Hills’ current odds (11/4, 6/5 & 13/8).