By Gordon Brown
DANNY McMENAMIN, who is on the verge of losing his 3lb allowance, is aboard Tommy’s Oscar in the feature race at Musselburgh on Friday.
The seven-race behind closed doors card is subject to an precautionary 8am inspection.
McMenamin and Tommy’s Oscar face seven rivals in the Betway Handicap Hurdle, which is a qualifier for the Challenger Two Mile Hurdle Series Final.
Trained in Northumberland by Ann Hamilton, the six-year-old makes his debut in handicap company following impressive wins in maiden and novice hurdles at Sedgefield and Newcastle last month.
McMenamin, who has gained six of his 72 career wins at the East Lothian venue, said: “He won a point to point in Ireland in October and hadn’t been with Mr and Mrs Hamilton long before I rode him when he came second in a bumper. He’s certainly known his job over hurdles so far and might just turn out to be pretty decent.”
The opposition to Tommy’s Oscar includes Goobinator, ridden by champion jockey Brian Hughes, and top-weight Vision Du Puy, a mare representing Dan and Harry Skelton in the J P McManus colours.
Another two siblings team up earlier on as Tom Scudamore gets the leg up on Shattered Glass, trained by brother Michael, in the Betway Novices’ Handicap Chase and the pair are also in action with Sashenka in the opening Betway Cosmic Case Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle.
For more information contact Gordon Brown on 07850 258063 for Scottish Racing.