RACE 3 PHILMAC MAIDEN 2:40 PM (1200M)
Really tricky race this one, as our initial assessment had us trying to squeeze eight runners into our top four. Eventually we settled on MUSICAL ART on top, after recording three placings from as many starts last campaign, and he looked nice and sharp when winning a recent Lark Hill trial. 34 days between that trial and this first-up assignment isn’t ideal, but he’s drawn to get a nice run in transit, and if he’s happy and healthy he should give you a run for your money first up. MUSICAL ART each way. OUTER DETENTION has put in two solid efforts here recently and the form out of his last start third stacks up well through Wednesday winner Menin Road. Awkward draw hinders, but he only has to hold form to measure up against these. MR UNDERCOVER looked like breaking through when looming large here last start, but he couldn’t hold off the winner’s sharp finish and had to settle for another second placing. Beat the third horse home comfortably, so the effort was full of merit, and we’d be surprised if he doesn’t register a top-four finish in this, while we didn’t mind the performance of YUKON GOLD at his Northam debut and his trial win beforehand was impressive.
Suggested Bet: (1) MUSICAL ART each way.