Good Ground To Suit Sandy’s Charge At Musselburgh

Here’s Herbie ran a cracker for us on New Year’s Day, advised at 16s but available at 33s in a place on the morning of the race. He was eventually sent off at 16s and he was given a lovely ride by Lucy Gardner to finish a clear 2nd. He just bumped into a well handicapped horse and he is well capable of winning off his current mark, particularly when getting better ground.

Sandy Thomson’s horses are flying. 

Another horse that I think could improve for the switch to better ground is Seemorelights, a 5yo son of Echo Of Light who is trained by shrewd handler Sandy Thomson. The Thomson yard is in flying form, firing in a double at Ayr earlier today. This gelding ran a poor race on his first start for Thomson on soft ground at Carlisle (17f), but if his point to point form is anything to go by he should take a big step forward on the forecast good ground at Musselburgh tomorrow.

He was 5th on his p2p debut on good to firm, but the form of his 2nd run at Grennan, also on good to firm ground, has worked out very well. The winner was beaten just 3L by Brelade when 3rd in a maiden hurdle, the 3rd won a novice hurdle at Bangor last month and the 5th (1L behind Seemorelights) went on to win two bumpers for Adrian Keatley at Killarney and Galway.

The first time hood should sharpen his focus, and Derek Fox is a good jockey booking (3/29 for Thomson). He lost a shoe last time out and that, along with the soft ground, provides a valid excuse for his disappointing effort. I think we could see a different horse tomorrow with ground to suit, and Thomson couldn’t be in better form. At odds of 33/1 I think Seemorelights is worth backing each way in what looks a wide open bumper.


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