Curley set for double victory at Musselburgh

 

The Newmarket trainer Barney Curley makes a rare raid on Musselburgh today and can be rewarded with a double.

Sirinndi, a half-brother to dual Derby-winner Sinndar, can lift the Forth AM Handicap and Mystic Ridge can defy top weight in division one of the Miners Day Handicap.

Like Sinndar, Sirinndi was with John Oxx but is now with Curley and can make up for an unlucky effort a week ago in this two-mile handicap.

He failed by half a length to catch all-the-way winner Lost Spirit at Folkestone after failing to get a clear run in a mile-and-a-half handicap, his rider putting up 2lb overweight. The extra half-mile can see him go one better.

Mystic Ridge is a useful performer on his day and can take this mile prize after several fruitless efforts in better company.

Gymcrak Flyer can take division two to record the 13th victory of her long career.

Gordon Holmes' old stager is not quite as quick as she used to be but has dropped to a winning mark, 10lb lower than when taking this corresponding event 12 months ago.

Indeed, Gymcrak Flyer has often come good at this time of the year and she certainly looked to be running back into form when a close-up fifth at Carlisle on her latest start.

David Brotherton's remarkable broodmare Indigo enjoyed yet another famous success at the weekend when Surprised won the big sprint handicap at Goodwood, adding to the successes of siblings Bishops Court, Surprise Mission and Astonished.

Amazed is yet to emulate the wins of his relatives but the Ian Balding-trained three-year-old is certainly going the right way and can oblige in the Carvery Restaurant Handicap at Lingfield.

Volontiers flopped when gambled-on at Goodwood on his last start but has been given a short break since and can return to form in the Lingfield Golf Club Handicap.

Churlish Charm can be rewarded for his consistent efforts with a deserved first success of the season in the Salisbury Festival Conditions Stakes at Salisbury.

He started 2000 in good style, finishing third to Kayf Tara in this year's Yorkshire Cup, before chasing home Persian Punch in the Henry II Stakes at Sandown.

The five-year-old then disappointed at the Curragh before finishing a respectable sixth in the Goodwood Cup.

John Hills's progressive filly Beading still looks on a handy mark and can follow up her recent Newmarket victory in the EBF Lochsong Fillies' Stakes (Showcase Handicap).