Despite an 8lb higher mark the John Quinn-trained Forced Family Fun looks a good bet at the guaranteed 9-4 available with bet365 to follow up his recent Doncaster win by taking Musselburgh’s Water Tight Green Compliance Handicap Hurdle at 3.50. The 4-year-old son of Refuse To Bend is now on a rating of 121 but could easily progress to become a 130+ performer and off a featherweight 10st 5lb should provide jockey Brian Hughes with his third victory on the promising hurdler.
A winner on the Flat for trainer Michael Bell Forced Family Fun has taken well to jumping and could have been three from four at the winter game but for unseating claimer Dean Pratt on his second start at Catterick last December. A close runner-up to Ivanhoe on desperate ground at Ffos Las on his next start the gelding appreciated the good to soft going at Doncaster last time when, despite only beating Mojolika by half a length, was never really in danger of defeat and unless the ground deteriorates at the Scottish venue should prove too good for some pretty exposed rivals.
The biggest danger to the selection is likely to come from the Tim Vaughan-trained Figaro who found only Nicky Henderson’s Nesterenko too good last time and prior to that got to within two and a half lengths of Captain Cutter at Market Rasen, form which received a significant boost when that horse went on to win Newbury’s Grade 1 Challow Hurdle. Richard Johnson’s mount should go well but the concession of 4lb to Forced Family Fun may prove just beyond the 6-year-old son of Medicean on this occasion.