Scottish Sprint Cup Tips and Betting Offers, 2:30 at Musselburgh, 9th June 2018
It’s the speedsters of the handicapping game who take centre stage this coming weekend when it comes to the big betting race. It’s off to the Musselburgh for just about the biggest day of the year at the track on the Scottish Coast. 16 is one of the magic numbers when it comes to each way betting, and that’s precisely how many we have set to go to post for this Class 2 event held over the fast and furious 5f trip.
John Quinn’s El Astronaute has been the one for money in the build up to this race, and it’s easy to see why on the back of what was an excellent effort at York last time out. Only collared close to the line by Mr Lupton, he gets in here off an unchanged mark of 101, has won three times over this trip on good to firm and looks likely to go well under Jason Hart.
One horse who does look to be very well handicapped is the Tim Easterby runner, Orion’s Bow. Only last year he was rated as high as 104 coming into this, and whilst he was beaten four lengths that day, the bare result doesn’t really tell the full story.
Getting no sort of run at all, he was simply allowed to coast home once all chance had gone. He makes plenty of appeal on that run alone, but the fact he is down to a mark of 89 now makes the son of Pivotal look like a very attractive each way prospect.
Tim Easterby also runs Excessable and Copper Knight here, and whilst the first named would appear to have work to do, the latter does have plenty in his favour. The one negative is that he didn’t really run any sort of race last time out at York. That was his first run of the season though and he did step up markedly on his second outing last term. We suspect this will likely be his big target and the last time he ran off this mark of 95 he put an 18-runner field to the sword from the front in a decent handicap at York.
Tim Easterby has as good a recent record as any in this race, with two wins, two thirds and two fourths in the past ten years. We will be splitting stakes between his two runners Copper Knight and Orion’s Bow here. Both make plenty of each way appeal, and with one drawn high and one drawn low we should have a fair shot of at least making the frame however the pace of the race pans out.