Musselburgh Tips: Escarpment ready to break his duck

 | Wednesday 3rd July 2024, 8:24am

Wednesday 3rd July 2024, 8:24am

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There are five UK and Irish meetings taking place on Wednesday, with all the action coming on the Flat. Amongst Today's Horse Races is the six-race afternoon card at Musselburgh, with action at the Edinburgh venue from 14:30-17:15 on ground forecast to be 'good-good to firm in places'.

My Musselburgh tips for Wednesday, July 3 includes Escarpment for trainer Mick Appleby, who looks set for success after a couple of near misses recently at Beverley.

Musselburgh Tips - July 3

  • 14:30 – Colocolo @ 8/13
  • 15:00 – Escarpment @ 13/8
  • 16:40 – Knights Affair @ 11/10

14:30 Musselburgh – Colocolo @ 8/13

A sprint maiden over the flying five-furlongs starts proceedings off at Musselburgh. The filly Harswell Dandy is nothing if not consistent for the Roger Fell and Sean Murray training alliance, but the daughter of Dandy Man is 0-5 now with figures of 22333 and looks a touch exposed after getting no closer than 4¼-lengths of the winner in a seller over course and distance last time.

A Fine Claret (Karl Burke) and Horus (Craig Lidster) have work to do based on opening runs at Carlisle and Beverley respectively and so this looks a good race for COLOCOLO to tackle.

Kevin Philippart De Foy saw his colt go close in a Windsor maiden (5f, good to firm) last month on his second start and turf debut, finishing second of 12 behind impressive winner John's Dragon for Tom Dascombe.

That sets a fairly decent standard and third-home Invincible Crown was only just foiled back at Windsor on Monday evening, so the form looks reliable. Benoit De La Sayette takes the ride here and his colt can make it third time lucky.

15:00 Musselburgh – Escarpment @ 13/8

An extended mile-and-a-half journey awaits the eight-runner field in the Racecourse Live Streams On RacingTV Extra Handicap and it could be a good chance for ESCARPMENT to finally shed his maiden tag.

The Fastnet Rock gelding has done most of his racing since joining Mick Appleby on all-weather surfaces, finishing third over 1m6f at Wolverhampton in February.

Back on turf for two runs last month, he was fourth at Beverley (1m2f, good to soft) and then second at the same track over 1m4f (good to firm) eight days ago.

He chased home the favourite there and finished more than three lengths clear of everything else, and from a 1lb lower mark he looks to have found a good spot in which to try and go one better now under Jason Watson.

16:40 Musselburgh – Knights Affair @ 11/10

The penultimate race on the card is a stayers' event over two-miles and David O'Meara looks well placed to take the spoils with KNIGHTS AFFAIR.

The Bated Breath gelding has knocked on the door in all three runs this season, most recently posting runner-up finishes at Doncaster (1m4f, good to soft) and Catterick (1m6f, good to firm).

He bumped into a ready winner last time in Gibside, with that rival since running well in two better races off higher marks.

Knights Affair is far from exposed as a stayer and that most recent Catterick run puts him front and centre for this test, with Mark Winn taking a handy 3lb in the saddle once more from only a 1lb higher mark.

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