Pads produced a pathetic performance on Monday, despite being ‘backed’ off the boards. Advised at 16/1 he was strong in the market throughout the day, and he was eventually sent off at just 6/1. However, he was ridden more like a 66/1 shot and the writing was on the wall after about a mile. He was eventually pulled up, and our deeply frustrating run continued.
|Candlish and Quinlan recently landed a touch with Aengus.
On Wednesday at Musselburgh I like the look of one in the 23.5f handicap hurdle at 15.00, and I think the return to a flat, right handed track could spark a return to form for Wake Your Dreams. This 9yo son of Oscar also has the cheek pieces re-applied for the first time this season, and he also has his preferred ground after two runs on soft.
His last two runs on right handed tracks on decent ground resulted in two second place finishes. On the latter occasion he was beaten by a nose off 115, after his jockey, Sean Quinlan, dropped his whip before the second last. He is on board again today, and he will be eager to make amends for that mishap.
These connections landed a lovely touch in the race in which I tipped up Mortens Leam last week with Aengus, backed all the way from 20s into 9/2. Jennie Candlish has her string in much better form now after a quiet spell earlier in the season, and she has a decent record when she does make the trip to Musselburgh. She has had 11 runners there since 2000, with two winning and three placing.
Wake Your Dreams has to be forgiven a couple of poor runs so far this season, but they both came on unsuitable ground, on left handed tracks and minus the cheek pieces. He has been dropped to 112, 3lb lower than the mark off which he was beaten a nose at Huntingdon (25f gd) and the slight drop back in trip should suit this front runner. At odds of 14/1 he has to be worth chancing each way in a very open looking race.
STEVOS’ SELECTION: 15.00 MUSSELBURGH-WAKE YOUR DREAMS E/W @ 14/1