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Alan Kelly's Horse Racing Tips for Musselburgh on Friday


The meeting at Musselburgh in Scotland stages an excellent card on Friday afternoon with the first of the three-day Racing Post Go North Finals, the four main races named after some of the most famous National Hunt horses trained in the north.

The Grey Bomber, Sea Pigeon, Brindisi Breeze and Lady Buttons are the four popular jumpers in question. Today’s Horse Racing tips, previews and predictions come in the Go North Brindisi Breeze Series Final at 2.55pm, the Go North Lady Buttons Mares’ Series Final at 3.30pm and at 4.05pm the Go North Supported By Racing Post Novices’ Handicap Hurdle.

“Tip of the Day” – Hold Onto The Line – 4.05pm Musselburgh

A surprise winner over today’s course and  distance last month, James Ewart’s lightly raced hurdler is expected to follow up off a mark only 4lb higher and with talented claimer Alan Doyle taking another 7lb off.

White Walker (Next Best) – 2.55pm Musselburgh

Many of the 13 runners for this three mile handicap hurdle can be given a chance, in particular the hat-trick-seeking Don Bocco and the ultra-consistent pair of Flexi Furlough and Goodtimes Badtimes. However, in a race which should be run to suit, the value may lie with the Gary Hanmer-trained White Walker.

The seven-year-old grey is at his best when held up off a decent pace, as was the case when the son of Dream Eater landed a bit of a gamble in a conditional jockeys’ contest at Catterick in November. The mount of top claimer Kevin Brogan was backed to follow-up that victory at Doncaster a week later but White Walker pulled far too hard and despite taking the lead with two to jump, had nothing in reserve in the closing stages. With plenty of pace expected on this occasion, the selection can get back to winning ways on his favoured good ground.

Ravenscar (Longshot) – 3.30pm Musselburgh

Many of the 12 runners for this 2m 4f handicap hurdle have previous form with each other this season, including joint top weights Millarville and Cacan who were separated by just a neck over today’s course and  distance earlier in the month.

Latino Fling and Blue Hawaii are another two who could go close if running up to their best form. But the horse who makes most appeal is Ravenscar from the Philip Kirby stable.

The six-year-old daughter of Helmet showed very little in her first six runs over hurdles before giving the bang-in-form Lime Drop a fright when getting within a neck of the mare at Sedgefield in January. The mount of Thomas Dowson went one better at Newcastle next time, when value for more than the neck with which she beat fellow rival Cancan.

Fifth on Newcastle’s all-weather track on her most recent start, Ravenscar is fancied to carry on where she left off over the smaller obstacles.

Hold Onto The Line (NAP) – 4.05pm Musselburgh

Beaten 63 lengths over today’s course and distance on his most recent start, connections of top weight Garde Des Champs will be hoping a subsequent wind op brings about a revival of fortunes for the previously promising six-year-old gelding.

The Fergal O’Brien-trained City Derby has bits of form which would put Paddy Brennan’s mount in with a decent chance, in particular when finishing fourth in a competitive Cheltenham handicap last November. The horse to beat however is last month’s course and distance winner Hold Onto The Line, the mount of talented 7lb claimer Alan Doyle.

The son of Westerner showed very little in his first three runs over hurdles, resulting in the James Ewart-trained five-year-old being sent off an unconsidered 33/1 chance for his handicap debut.

There appeared to be no fluke about the gelding’s length and a quarter victory over his nine rivals at the Scottish racecourse and off a mark just 4lb higher the unexposed performer is taken to follow up that success.

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