Musselburgh is set to stage action for the second time in six days on Saturday when Amazing Alba is likely to attempt a swift course and distance hat-trick at the East Lothian venue.
Having failed to win a single race in 18 previous starts, the Alistair Whillans-trained filly finally got her head in front in late August and, then eleven days later, gained an even easier triumph.
It’s a quick turnaround but with her stable in flying form, on the Flat and over jumps, she could take some stopping under a 5lb penalty at her favourite track.
Other recent Musselburgh winners with an entry for Sunday include Iain Jardine’s Merricourt, Keith Dalgleish-trained Three Castles and Donnelly’s Rainbow who was saddled to a wide-margin victory by his Wetherby trainer Rebecca Bastiman.
A big well done goes to trainer Jim Goldie and owner/breeder William Johnstone after Euchen Glen stormed to victory at 14-1 in the prestigious Betfair Exchange Old Borough Cup at Haydock Park.
The seven-year-old suffered a serious tendon injury after his memorable win in the 2018 John Smith’s Cup at York that resulted in an absence of 23 months.
But he’s back as good as ever this season and he has also produced terrific fifth-placed efforts behind Stradivarius at Glorious Goodwood and in the Ebor at York.
Jim told me at Perth the other day that next stop for Euchen Glen is on Ayr Gold Cup day when he will tackle the Doonside Cup on a racecourse where William is one of the co-owners.
And don’t rule out a trip Down Under in 2021 for the Melbourne Cup by his sporting connections.
Meanwhile Stuart Coltherd’s stable flagbearer Captain Redbeard is currently on the easy list as he recovers from injury.
The eleven-year-old was pulled up in November’s Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle.
After winning on his dad’s 33-1 chance Chanceanotherfive at Perth recently, Sam Coltherd said the gelding wouldn’t be be seen on a racecourse until well into next year.
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