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Alex tips up Sunday's card at Musselburgh

Alex Hammond Posted 1st February 2013 view comments

Musselburgh have attracted some decent runners for their valuable card on Sunday.

Overturn is set to run in the opening Scottish Arkle where he will be taken on by Nicky Henderson's recent chase debutante winner Tetlami. The latter has benefitted from a breathing operation and wants decent ground. He will do well to beat the Donald McCain horse in this though.

Overturn: Should take all the beating

Overturn: Should take all the beating

The Paul Nicholls trained Aerial is the only un-penalised runner in the Novices' Hurdle (race 2). Witness in Court has strong claims in that for McCain as he looked well worth the step up in grade having cantered home at Sedgefield last time out.

Lucinda Russell has snapped up the services of Barry Geraghty for Tap Night in the Future Champions Novices' Chase and he can make it two from two over fences. He had the option of taking on Captain Conan at Sandown on Saturday but he stays in Scotland to continue his education.

Houblon Des Obeaux is a good jumper for a novice, but Captain Conan is top class and shouldn't be beaten.

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The Scottish Triumph Hurdle Trial looks very competitive. John Quinn's Kashmir Peak will run well as he continues on the road to Cheltenham, and good luck to Wayne Manor in that one, he runs for a syndicate that I'm involved in and it will be good to see him on the track.

Venetia Williams has her team in great form at the moment and her Ciceron is the likely favourite for the Scottish Champion Chase. She also has a chance in the Scottish County Hurdle with Brick Red who has top weight in this two mile handicap.

Hurricane Fly was impressive in the Irish Champion Hurdle last weekend and is now 5/2 favourite with Sky Bet for the Champion Hurdle next month. However, I'm still keen on Darlan (currently 7/2).

He could run on Monday at Doncaster in a Listed Hurdle against the likes of Fighting Fifth Hurdle winner Countrywide Flame and reigning Champion Hurdler Rock on Ruby.

There is the promise of better ground at Doncaster and they have been rewarded with some decent fields. That will suit Rock on Ruby, who was third in heavy ground in the International Hurdle to Zarkandar last time out.

It doesn't matter who lines up though, I'm sticking with Darlan and I fancy him strongly for the Champion Hurdle, too.

Selections:

SUNDAY

Kashmir Peak in the Triumph Hurdle Trial

MONDAY

Darlan in Listed Hurdle at Doncaster

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